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Past and presence of the vegetable ivory palm as a window for its future

PhD defense, Friday 27 November 2020. Sebastián Escobar

2020.11.27 | Liselotte K. Heller

Sebastián Escobar

During his PhD studies, Sebastián Escobar researched the ecology and evolution of the economically important palm Phytelephas aequatorialis. This palm is endemic to western Ecuador, which is one of the most threatened regions worldwide. Sebastián Escobar studied the origin and the role of the Pleistocene in promoting genetic diversification in this palm, as well as its dispersal dynamics and how they are affected by habitat disturbance.

The new research findings aim to contribute to the conservation of P. aequatorialis, to the understanding of the recent vegetation dynamics of western Ecuador, and to better comprehend the dispersal of large-seeded plants.

The PhD degree was completed at the Section of Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday, 27 November 2020 at 15:00
Place: Building 1540, room K32, Department of Biology, Ny Munkegade 114, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C.
The PhD defense will be also held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Professor Henrik Balslev (henrik.balslev@bio.au.dk) or Professor Signe Normand (signe.normand@bio.au.dk).
Title of dissertation: Evolutionary history and dispersal ecology of the vegetable ivory palm in western Ecuador
Contact information: Sebastián Escobar, e-mail: sescobar@bio.au.dk, tel.: +45 50336713
Members of the assessment committee:
Associate Professor Jordan Karubian, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, U.S.
Professor Erik Dahl Kjær, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Signe Normand, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor: Professor Henrik Balslev, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Co-supervisors:
Professor Rommel Montúfar, Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, PUCE, Ecuador
Dr. Thomas L. P. Couvreur, DIADE, IRD, France
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defense 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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