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Anthropocene environmental changes affect gymnosperm distributional patterns

PhD defence, Friday 17 September 2021. Ditte Arp Jensen.

2021.09.17 | Sunitha Satkunam

Ditte Arp Jensen

During her PhD studies, Ditte Arp Jensen investigated how climate and human influence shape the distributional patterns and ecology of gymnosperms in the Anthropocene. The PhD studies were mainly focused on China, since a large proportion of the world’s gymnosperms are found here. Gymnosperms (e.g., conifers) are among the most threatened species in the world, with ~40% of the species being threatened with extinction. Ditte Arp Jensen used species distribution modelling methods to study the drivers of current gymnosperm distributions. She also projected the species’ potential distributions under future global changes to determine the challenges and prospects for conserving these species in a changing world.
The new research findings contribute to the understanding of the drivers of Chinese gymnosperm distributions, and the challenges that these species face in a world increasingly dominated by human-mediated climate- and land-use change.

The PhD study was completed at department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday, 17 September 2021 at 14.15
Place: The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Ditte Arp Jensen, dittearp@bio.au.dk 
Title of PhD thesis: Gymnosperm Ecology in the Anthropocene - Prospects and challenges in a changing world
Contact information: Ditte Arp Jensen, e-mail: dittearp@bio.au.dk, tel.: +45 20896871
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Dorota Dobrowolska, Department of Forest Ecology, Forest Research Institute, Poland
Professor Dov Sax, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University, USA
Associate Professor Wolf Eiserhardt (chairman), Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Keping Ma, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.nat@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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