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The stories that alpine treelines can tell - interpreting spatial patterns of treeline ecotones

28/04/2021 15:00 16:00

MRI Anniversary Lecture

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This event is the second in the MRI Anniversary Lecture Series, celebrating 20 years since the MRI Coordination Office was founded in 2001. This series aims to showcase MRI synthesis workshop research and build capacity in the mountain research community.

Invited speaker Maaike Bader is professor in biogeography at the University of Marburg, Germany. Her work focuses on plant functioning in mountain ecosystems, at scales from individual seedlings and moss communities to global patterns. She particularly enjoys discussing the ecological processes controlling alpine treeline ecotone dynamics.

Alpine treeline ecotones mark the upper limit of tree cover in mountains all around the globe. This transition zone can take many different shapes, from discrete boundaries to wide zones of slowly diminishing tree size and cover. These different patterns reflect underlying processes, so that they can be used to understand how treelines are shaped and how they might respond to changes in driving factors, in particular climate. In this presentation Maaike will present a recent framework for describing spatial patterns at alpine treelines and discuss what different patterns may tell us about treeline formation and dynamics.


Date: 28 April 2021 | Time: 15:00-16:00 CEST | Location: Online

  • Welcome & Introduction | MRI
  • The stories that alpine treelines can tell - interpreting spatial patterns of treeline ecotones | Maaike Bader, University of Marburg
  • Q&A 

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MRI 20 logo RGBIn order to participate, please complete the registration form below before 26 April 2021. Registrants will receive a Zoom webinar link and passcode prior to the lecture. 

Please note that spaces for this event are limited, and you may be placed on a waiting list if registration capacity is exceeded. For any questions, please contact the MRI at 
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