Macroecology of biological diversity
Leader Meelis Pärtel
Current theory is strongly inclined towards local scale interaction-based explanations for biodiversity patterns, although recent theoretical developments have started to shift the paradigm, claiming that the legacy of the past evolutionary history is the primary driver. We would like to address the empirical relationships between biodiversity and environmental parameters across habitats and regions of the world and disentangle the role of regional evolutionary history behind patterns. In particular, we aim diversity trends along habitat productivity, soil pH and soil N/P ratio gradients.