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Project title
Ecoflora: can we predict where plant species live, based on their traits?
Contact name
Colin Prentice
Project based at
Silwood Park (Imperial)
Project description
The Ecological Flora of the British Isles ( is a unique, and very much under-used, resource for biogeographic and ecological research. One previous, very successful Masters project (Sara Middleton, 2017) used the data to assess the traits of invasive species in Britain. This new project will use advanced multivariate analysis techniques to tackle a related question – the relationships between plants traits (such as height, leaf area and specific leaf area) and their distribution in terms of various aspects of climate. It will be carried out in collaboration with Henry Ford (Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution), who manages the Ecoflora and is continually busy updating it.
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Project length limitations
9 months
Suitable for
Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution (MRes), Ecosystem and Environmental Change MRes