research centre at Aarhus University
Wolf L. Eiserhardt studies the effects of past climate on forest tree diversification and diversity using eco- and phyloinformatics. The main question is: To what extent do global patterns of tree diversity still reflect the impact of Cenozoic climate on speciation, extinction, dispersal and trait evolution? He currently investigates palaeoclimatic effects on the phylogenetic structure of regional tree floras using conifers (LINK) and temperate forest trees as model groups. Wolf Eiserhardt completed his Post Doc postition in May 2014.
Ziyu Ma studies the temperate forests in the context of climate change. He has looked at the physiological accilimation of the phytosynthetic ability in conifers regarding to microenvironment change (LINK), and now his main interest has scaled up to factors influencing distribution of tree species across whole continents. The current project aims to explore the relationship between climate stability and diversity of trees in North America and East Asia, using both phylogenetic and functional measures.