ISland Leaf Ecophysiological Trait Synthesis
Insular environments often have fewer species than continents, and species interaction networks are thus more simple. It is generally predicted that insular plants are therefore less competitive than continental ones, rendering them particularly vulnerable to invasions. However, few studies have directly tested this hypothesis with competition experiments or species demographic analyses. An alternative approach to test this prediction is through a comparison of functional traits that directly link to plant performance and competitive ability.
Principal Investigators (PIs):
Kasey BARTON – Hawaï University (USA);
Claire FORTUNEL – IRD (France)
Kevin BURNS – Victoria University of Wellington (NZL), Thomas IBANEZ – IRD (FRA), Sandrine ISNARD – IRD (FRA), Gunnar KEPPEL – University of South Australia (AUS), Imma OLIVERAS MENOR – IRD (FRA), Manichanh SATDICHANH – Kunming Institute of Botany (CHI), Maria Natalia UMANA – University of Michigan (USA), Rakan ZAHAWI – Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (ECU)
ISLETS brings together specialists of insular biogeography, biodiversity, functional ecology and global changes.
ISLETS was selected from the 2022 datashare call for proposals. The project selection process was carried out by a committee of independent experts.