Name: Anna Deasey

Project Title: “The determinants of tropical tree distributions”

Cohort: 2015/16

Institution: University of Stirling, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)



I am interested in patterns of biodiversity and the processes that create these patterns. Currently, I am particularly interested in the drivers of the spatial distribution of tropical trees, and the physiological mechanisms governing tree responses to the environment.
My doctoral research focuses on integrating empirical research on plant physiological and functional strategies with remote-sensing techniques and modern environmental modeling methods. As deforestation, land-use change, and climate change continue to threaten forested ecosystems, a deeper understanding of the mechanisms governing tree species distributions is necessary to manage forests for the future and restore degraded habitat. My work links plant performance and survival strategies with species distributions along environmental gradients. I aim to advance an integrated understanding of how water and light availability interact to determine the distribution dynamics of populations and communities.

Paine CET, Deasey A & Duthie AB (2018) Towards the general mechanistic prediction of community dynamics. Functional Ecology, 32 (7), 1681-1692. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13096.
Callaway R, Burdon D, Deasey A, Mazik K, Elliott M. (2013) The riddle of the sands: how population dynamics explains causes of high bivalve mortality. Journal of Applied Ecology 50 (4), 1050-1059. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12114

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