Functional diversity of tropical rainforests and their sensitivity to environmental change

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Agne's thesis investigates variation and distribution of functional diversity in tropical rainforests. She is particularly interested in understanding intraspecific and interspecific variation in photosynthetic capacity within and between different forest ecosystems. She is also interested in leaf venation networks and the potential information they might provide on the functioning of individual trees and ecosystems. Agne's data collection was based in Brazil, Cerrado ecosystems, and in Ghana, in dry and wet tropical forests. These two field campaigns were part of a larger project called GEM-Traits. This project is a huge effort to measure and understand forest ecosystem functions and traits, and how these will respond to climate change.