On track of gene flow and local adaptation - the evolutionary ecology of forest tree species

Institute Seminar by Katrin Heer

  • Date: Nov 14, 2023
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Katrin Heer
  • Dr. Heer is a professor of forest genetics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and focuses on the evolutionary ecology of tree species. She specialized in genetic and genomic approaches to address questions regarding the local adaptation of forest tree species and the impact of plant-animal interactions on gene flow.
  • Location: Hybrid meeting
  • Room: Seminar room MPI-AB Bücklestrasse + Online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Contact: lluethy@ab.mpg.de
 On track of gene flow and local adaptation - the evolutionary ecology of forest tree species
Forest trees, as long-lived and sessile organisms, must navigate changing local environmental conditions and are involved in various beneficial and adverse interactions with other organisms throughout their lifetimes. This unique lifestyle significantly influences evolutionary processes within tree populations. In my research projects, I focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying the local adaptation and acclimation of trees to both biotic and abiotic factors. Our focus extends to how trees respond to stress, encompassing not only the trees themselves but also their associated microbiome. Additionally, we explore the intricate relationships between trees and animal pollinators and seed dispersers, particularly within tropical forests. The foraging behaviors of these pollinators and dispersers exert a profound influence on gene flow distances within tree populations. By synthesizing genetic, environmental, and behavioral data, my aim is to unravel the influence of animal behavior on the spatial distribution of genetic diversity within these tree populations. In this presentation, I will provide insights into our past and ongoing research efforts, spanning tree populations in Europe and South America.

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