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University of Tartu
Plant Ecology Laboratory
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Plant Ecology Laboratory

Research in our lab focuses on diversity patterns in biological communities, and on the interactions underlying these patterns. The main questions we address are: how do communities vary along natural gradients and gradients of human impact? What are the major assembly rules shaping communities; and are they attributable to biotic interactions or environmental heterogeneity? What are the roles of different biotic interactions - including competition, facilitation, herbivory and symbiosis - in structuring communities? Read more

News archive - September

Plant Ecology Lab welcomes visiting PhD student

September 2015

We welcome new visiting student César Andres Marín Daza. During his stay with plant ecology laboratory he is supervised by Maarja Öpik.

César is a PhD student at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Evolution at Austral University of Chile (UACh), under the supervision of Prof. Robeto Godoy. He studies geological, biogeochemical, community ecological and evolutionary factors that influence biogenic weathering by mycorrhizal fungi in an ecosystem chronosequence in Northern Patagonia, Chile. 

Plant Ecology Lab welcomes visiting students

September 2015

We welcome new visiting students Sabrina Träger and Ricardo Leyva Morales. During their stay with plant ecology laboratory they are supervised by Maarja Öpik.

Sabrina comes from University of Regina, Canada, where she is supervised by Prof. Scott Wilson. In her PhD thesis, she focuses on plant root patterns in arctic ecosystems. Those patterns include the heterogeneity of roots and the belowground plant species richness along an elevation gradient, and the contribution of root litter to the nitrogen cycle in forest vs. tundra habitats.

Ricardo is a master student from National Autonomous University of México (UNAM), where he is supervised by PhD Mayra Elena Gavito Pardo. He is studying diversity patterns of ectomycorrhizal fungal communities in a Mexican temperate forest ecosystem embedded in a landscape of avocado plantations.  

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