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Functional Groups in Wetland and Riparian Plants:
A Statgeic Perspective
In this short (15 minute) talk Paul reviews the difference between functional and phylogenetic classification of plants, and provides a set of published examples that illustrate the importance of functional classifications for ecological prediction. It begins with an introduction by David Merritt.
More about the talk: phylogeny and function are very different ways of looking at plants
Wetland and riparian plants, like all living organisms, can be classified in two entirely different ways. The first system is phylogenetic, which began with Linnaeus (and flower morphology) and continues with the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (and
The topic of functional classification and its role in predictive ecology of wetlands is described in more detail in Chapter 13 of Wetland Ecology: Principles and Conservation, Section 12.6
The important distinciton between functional and phylogenetic classifications in ecology is covered in Chapter 2 of Plants and Vegetation.
view talk at Vimeo (15 minutes)
More about the symposium
Floodplains around the world are changing as humans modify spring flood regimes by constructing dams and reservoirs. This 2015 sympoisum explored how we can predict the effects of such changes by focussing upon the life history traits of plants that live in floodplains. The symposium was organized by Daniel Sarr and David Merritt.
For a related talk by David Merritt on the history of water managment in the Colorado River, go here
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