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Going global with Plantago: a spatially distributed model system for population ecology and spatial genomics Event

12:00 - 13:00
24 August 2016
Building 67, Room 1007 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Dr Jane Catford on 023 8059 4729 or email .

Event details

Ecologists predict population shifts in response to global change; however, the data available for developing and testing movement and persistence models are spatially very limited. We could progress further and faster on this urgent problem if we could study many mapped populations and discern the mechanisms driving population change. Starting with Plantago lanceolata as a model system, we are using a co-ordinated effort to develop theory, supported by a powerful data set, on the abiotic and biotic drivers of population persistence and distribution.

More details of PLANTPOPNET can be found here:

Speaker information

Dr Annabel Smith,Trinity College Dublin,Annabel Smith (Trinity College Dublin) has recently joined PLANTPOPNET to examine spatial genomic patterns in Plantago lanceolata. Her research will determine (1) how much gene flow occurs across the native range, (2) the sources of non-native populations and (3) where hybrid zones occur that might facilitate rapid adaptation. This will be followed up by an analysis of environmental and demographic influences on genomic structure in native and non-native ranges. In this presentation, Annabel will give discuss the rationale behind PLANTPOPNET, outline the plans for the research over the next two years and answer any questions for researchers keen to join the network.

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