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Our latest papers:
Can we predict evolution?
Contemporary climate change may cause many extinctions in the near future, but it is also likely to lead to rapid evolution. Can we predict how this evolution will occur? We believe so, and showcase how using vegetative dormancy in 3 orchid species.
The ecology of ectomycorrhizal forest species
Dead material impacts not only ecosystem functioning, but the populations that constitute these communities. The Shefferson lab contributed research on the impacts of deadwood on ectomycorrhizal diversity, to this study of the ecological effects of deadwood in a Pinus taeda plantation.
Why are some plants non-photosynthetic?
Plant species have evolved to shun the sunlight, instead relying on their soil-fungal symbionts as energy sources. In this study, we look into the evolutionary origins of this condition, linking microevolutionary demographic patterns to speciation.
Conserving European orchids
Orchid species are on the decline in Europe. In this study, we analyze environmental factors impacting the distributions of Red Listed species, and offer advice on management strategies to prevent extinction.