Macroevolution of Ecosystem Services from Trees

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Jeannine Cavender-Bares, University of Minnesota
Stephen Polasky, University of Minnesota
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This Venture examines the macroevolution of ecosystem services that the Earth’s trees provide. The more ecosystem and environmental services we consider, the more species and evolutionary lineages will be found critical to human well-being. Using a range of computational approaches and bridging the fields of economics, ecology, evolution, and ethnobotany, Venture participants are synthesizing data to economic valuation of the ecosystem services of trees in North American and globally. They are doing so in the context of time-calibrated genetic relationships to understand where in the “tree-of-life” ecosystem services from trees are concentrated, when in Earth’s history the traits associated with those services arose, and how frequently traits linked to specific services evolved. This work will inform discussions about trade-offs between providing for human needs and preserving the planet’s biodiversity and the extent to which the human population and its well-being can be maintained in the face of declining biodiversity.

Patricia Balvanera Levy, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Sharon Bewick, University of Maryland
William F. Fagan, University of Maryland
Matthew Helmus, VU University
Nathan Kraft, University of Maryland
Jesse Lasky, Columbia University
Jose Eduardo Meireles, University of Minnesota
Daniela Miteva, The Nature Conservancy and University of Minnesota
Erik Nelson, Bowdoin College
David Nowak, U.S. Forest Service
Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont
Will Pearse, University of Minnesota
Kristin Powell, SESYNC
Amy Zanne, George Washington University


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Book chapter from Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Their Application in Evolutionary Biology (Springer).

Commercial Plant Production and Consumption Still Follow the Latitudinal Gradient in Species Diversity despite Economic Globalization Oct 05, 2016

Article published in PLOS ONE.

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