We link spatial patterns of biodiversity in the Atlantic forest with information from paleoclimates, historical demographic processes, and ecological mechanisms.
CCNY, New York Botanical Garden, University of São Paulo scientists to develop framework to explain and predict distribution of biological diversity
October 4, 2013
A multidisciplinary, international team of researchers has been awarded nearly $4 million to develop a broad interdisciplinary framework to explain and predict plant and animal species distribution in Brazil’s endangered Atlantic Forest. Scientists from The City College of New York (CCNY), New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and University of São Paulo (USP) comprise the team, which is co-led by CCNY’s Ana Carnaval and USP’s Cristina Miyaki.“By studying the Atlantic Forest climate and landscape and their changes over the last 120,000 years, our team will learn how forest species have responded to repeated environmental shifts of the past,” said Dr. Carnaval, a native of Brazil who is now an assistant professor of biology at City College. “This understanding can be instrumental in the face of ongoing climate change by enabling us to predict how species will respond to future environmental shifts.”