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How isolated is Antarctica? Assessing past and present plant colonisations

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • The project aims to assess how biologically isolated Antarctica is by discovering how, when and where natural colonisations of the continent have occurred. The research will focus on mosses, the dominant plant group in the Antarctic. genomic tools will be combined with environmental, spatial, and ecological data to assess mechanisms and directions of dispersal to and around Antarctica, and to predict areas most likely to be colonised in the future. This will help understand the processes underpinning the evolution and diversity of Antarctic species, and the vulnerability and adaptability of Antarctic ecosystems.

Date/time Interval


  • 2018 - 2020

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP180100113

Local Award Id


  • 124654

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • The project aims to assess how biologically isolated Antarctica is by discovering how, when and where natural colonisations of the continent have occurred. The research will focus on mosses, the dominant plant group in the Antarctic. genomic tools will be combined with environmental, spatial, and ecological data to assess mechanisms and directions of dispersal to and around Antarctica, and to predict areas most likely to be colonised in the future. This will help understand the processes underpinning the evolution and diversity of Antarctic species, and the vulnerability and adaptability of Antarctic ecosystems.

Date/time Interval


  • 2018 - 2020

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP180100113

Local Award Id


  • 124654