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[Concordia University Public Scholars] Understanding the complexity of biodiversity - Pedro Braga

Writing a PhD dissertation on the complexity and dynamics of ecological and evolutionary drivers of species diversity. For millions of years, living organisms have confronted changes in climate that have moulded their biology and their evolution. Ecologists want to understand how these changes affect species and their diversity patterns to be able to predict their responses to climate change. However, due to the complexity of biodiversity patterns, their findings often raise even more questions. These patterns are not the same for every species. The way that species respond to the current environment does not necessarily reflect the way they responded to the past environment. Biodiversity is also not evenly distributed across space and time. What are the reasons for this complexity? This question is very important, because if we are unable to understand the causes of biodiversity patterns, how can we better predict the responses of species to the environmental changes we are currently facing? My research investigates the complexity and dynamics of ecological and evolutionary drivers of species diversity across space and time with the aim to solve these questions. Special acknowledgements to Gabrielle Généreux who helped with the development of this video.

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Ecology:   |  biodiversity  |  habitat  |  niche  |  niche construction  |  biome  |  biosphere  |  individual ecology  |  population ecology  |  ecosystem  |  keystone species
Pollution:   |  air pollution  |  light pollution  |  littering  |  noise  |  radioactive  |  water pollution
Sustainability:   |  social  |  economic  |  environment  |  organizations  |  sustainable development  |  sustainable life
Environment:   |  environmental education  |  recycling  |  environmental health  |  conservation  |  animals  |  forests  |  ecosystems  |  clean energy
Climate-change:   |  atmosphere  |  cfcs  |  greenhouse gases  |  NASA  |  glaciers  |  carbon emission  |  solar output