About the Project
Objectives: This project will establish the response of masting to recent changes in climate, and predict future changes in masting resulting from ongoing environmental change. A key objective will be establish whether the different physiological mechanisms that underpin masting in different species result in contrasting responses to environmental change.
Novelty and timeliness: The candidate will have the first opportunity to explore the new MASTREE+ dataset, and will lead on the analysis of global-scale masting patterns and their responses to climate change (see www.liverpool.ac.uk/geography-and-planning/research/mast-net). The candidate will be will integrated into the MAST-NET project, providing many opportunities for collaboration with institutions in North America, Europe and Japan.
Vacchiano, Giorgio, Ascoli, Davide, Berzaghi, Fabio, Esteban Lucas-Borja, Manuel, Caignard, Thomas, Collalti, Alessio, Mairota, Paola, Palaghianu, Ciprian, Reyer, Christopher PO, Sanders, Tanja GM, Schermer, Eliane, Wohlgemuth, Thomas and Hacket-Pain, Andrew. 2018. Reproducing reproduction: How to simulate mast seeding in forest models. Ecological modelling, 376, 40-53
Ascoli, Davide, Vacchiano, Giorgio, Turco, Marco, Conedera, Marco, Drobyshev, Igor, Maringer, Janet, Motta, Renzo and Hacket-Pain, Andrew. (2017). Inter-annual and decadal changes in teleconnections drive continental-scale synchronization of tree reproduction. Nature Communications, 8
Vacchiano, Giorgio, Hacket-Pain, Andrew, Turco, Marco, Motta, Renzo, Maringer, Janet, Conedera, Marco, Drobyshev, Igor and Ascoli, Davide (2017). Spatial patterns and broad-scale weather cues of beech mast seeding in Europe. New Phytologist, 215(2), 595-608
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