EEB events: Thursday seminar: Regional and historical perspectives on ecological communities: Dr. Robert Ricklefs, University of Missouri at St. Louis
Robert Ricklefs, Curators' Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Missouri at St. Louis
Regional analyses of species distributions suggest that neither ecological sorting of species based on adaptations to the physical environment nor interactions between competing species can explain patterns of species richness. Phylogeographic analyses reveal nonconcordant, dynamic changes in species distributions within regions, requiring species-specific mechanisms. I will argue that coevolutionary interactions between hosts and their pathogens likely influence species distributions and contribute to patterns of species richness.
Host: Professor Catherine Badgley
Coffee and cookies will be served at 4 p.m.
Location: 1200 Chemistry