44th New Phytologist Symposium: Determinants of Tropical Vegetation Structure and Function
Alisa Hotel
21 Dr. Isert Road, North Ridge
Accra, Ghana
44th New Phytologist Symposium: Determinants of Tropical Vegetation Structure and Function
The New Phytologist Trust
Alisa Hotel
21 Dr. Isert Road, North Ridge

Schedule of Presentations:

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
06:00:00 New Presentation
06:00:00 Session 1 Sally Archibald
08:00:00 Registration
09:20:00 Introduction and housekeeping
09:30:00 Welcome from the organisers Jon Lloyd
09:40:00 What can we learn about vegetation and climate change from the palaeo record of Africa? Sandy Harrison
10:20:00 Pyrogenic carbon isotope composition can be used to infer past change in tropical vegetation structure and function Michael Bird
11:00:00 Woody densification and expansion in Brazil using carbon stable isotopes in soil
11:15:00 Break
11:40:00 The effects of climate variability on the structure and function of tropical vegetation Kelly Caylor
12:20:00 Soils and tropical vegetation structure and function
13:00:00 Drivers of variation in pantropical crown allometry
13:15:00 Lunch
14:15:00 Early emergence and investment in spines across the angiosperm phylogeny
15:10:00 Alternative stable states and tropical vegetation distributions: theory and evidence Carla Staver
15:50:00 BREAK
16:15:00 Selected poster talk Benjamin Wigley Root trait variation in African savannas Dale Wigley
16:30:00 The organization of savannah interaction networks in multiple dimensions Hans Wolff
16:30:00 Relationships between soil nutrients and the abundance of trees in southern African savannas Anthony Mills
17:50:00 An overview of the comparative physiology of the woody vegetation of tropical forest, savanna and shrub-land Jon Lloyd, Benjamin Quesada
18:30:00 Poster session
Thursday, August 8, 2019
06:00:00 Session 2 Carla Staver
08:55:00 Announcements
09:00:00 The forgotten grasslands of the Neotropics: drivers, distribution and function
09:40:00 Can we really divide the woody tropical world up into just fire-sensitive forest and fire-adapted savanna? Elmar Veenendaal
10:20:00 Break
10:50:00 What can functional traits tell us about forest-savanna transitions? Imma Oliveras
11:30:00 Selected poster talk Corli Wigley-Coetsee Grass responses to drought
11:45:00 Fire traps and forest gaps: a critical look at the mechanisms of savanna-forest dynamics William Hoffmann
12:25:00 What is driving grassland-forest boundaries? Asessing the effects of fire and frost on tree seedling survival and architectural traits
12:40:00 Lunch
13:40:00 African tropical vegetation distributions: Ground-based and remote sensing perspectives Sally Archibald
14:20:00 Rethinking the Asian dry tropics from the perspectives of plant functional traits and the roles of disturbances
15:00:00 Break
15:30:00 New insights into the origin of the largest plant species assembly of South American seasonally dry tropical forests and woodlands
15:45:00 Diversity of tropical forests and woodlands in Australasia – from genes to biomes Darren Crayn
16:25:00 Frost and freezing temperatures maintain forests and grasslands as alternate states in a montane tropical forest-grassland mosaic, but alien tree invasion and climate change can disrupt these mosaics
16:40:00 Much more than just rainforest and cerrado: An evolutionarily meaningful delimitation of tropical biomes in South America Domingos Cardoso
17:20:00 Maximisation of net canopy carbon export explains leaf area index and leaf trait distributions across an amazon moisture-stress gradient
17:35:00 Explanation of the tasks ahead and assignment of teams for the next day’s ‘Grand Final’ Debate
17:55:00 Poster session
19:30:00 Symposium Dinner at the Alisa hotel
Friday, August 9, 2019
06:00:00 New Presentation
06:00:00 New Presentation
08:55:00 Announcements
09:00:00 Morning break out session Jon Lloyd, William Bond
12:00:00 Lunch
13:30:00 Afternoon session Group presentations (2 X 15 minutes)
15:45:00 Break
16:30:00 Final discussion
17:30:00 Meeting closure
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