This week we welcome Etienne Laliberté.
How soils shape plant diversity
Besides climate, soils are the major driver of terrestrial plant diversity. In this talk, I will present results from our long-term research program about edaphic drivers of plant taxonomic and functional diversity. Much of our field-based research was conducted along long-term soil chronosequences in south-western Australia. These chronosequences are of particular interest because they occur in a global biodiversity hotspot and provide exceptionally strong natural gradient of soil nutrient availability. Our field studies have allowed us to make important new discoveries about the ecological importance of plant-soil interactions in driving plant biodiversity patterns across soil fertility gradients.