SemSem 04-2016: Functional trait-based research in agroecology

El pasadoP1240868 19 de febrero nos acompaño Adam Martín presentando su trabajo de investigación:”Functional trait-based research in agroecology”

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Studies focused on plant functional traits have been very important for understanding ecological patterns and processes in natural plant communities. However to date, functional trait-based approaches have not been widely used in agroecological research, policy, or practice. While there is a long history of evaluating the causes and consequences of variation in crop “agronomic” or “domestication” traits, few agroecological studies have focused on functional plant traits as commonly envisioned in the ecology or evolutionary biology literature. In this seminar, I will concisely review the potential applications of functional-trait based approaches to agroecological research, illustrating its strengths and applications through our field studies on leaf trait variation in shade-coffee agroforestry systems in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Through meta-analyses of global functional trait databases, I will also highlight important knowledge gaps that when addressed, may provide new insights into agroecological dynamics across multiple spatial and temporal scales.


Adam Martin is an ecologist in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences and the Centre for Critical Development studies, at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is interested in how differences in the morphological, chemical, and physical characteristics of plants – or their functional traits – influence the structure and function of agroecosystems and forests. He is particularly interested in understanding how differences in leaf functional traits, both between and within crops, influence agroecosystem resilience and resistance to global change. Adam also maintains active research on the carbon dynamics of tropical forests throughout Central America, the Caribbean, and South-east Asia.