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The Future of Biodiversity in Western Australia

PI: Matt Fitzpatrick
Institution: University of Tennessee
The goal of this research is to predict the possible impacts of climate change on plant diversity in Western Australia and to examine the extent to which potential impacts depend on seed dispersal mode. First, I will determine whether ant-, vertebrate-, and wind-dispersed plant species differ in the degree to which their distributions are at equilibrium with current climate. Next, I will predict future shifts in the distributions of plant species of each of these dispersal modes in response to multiple scenarios of climate change to quantify the range of expected magnitudes of these shifts. Ultimately, I aim to understand the importance of dispersal mutualisms to the relationship between climate change, species distributions, and patterns of plant diversity in Western Australia.

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