|Terry Hedderson and Nicholas Wilding from University of Cape Town, at refuge Caverne Dufour (Piton des Neiges, Réunion)|
Pr. Terry HEDDERSON, works at the University of Cape Town where his research focuses on the systematics and evolutionary ecology of mosses. He has 30 years experience with this group, having worked on them in most of the planets major biomes. He focuses particularly on understanding evolution as a process, the influence of biotic and abiotic forces on the outcomes of this process, and how together these create and structure biological diversity across a range of phylogenetic, spatial, and temporal scales. Since selection on life history may be a key driver of diffrentiation, testing evolutionary predictions from life history therory is an area of particular interest.
His PhD student in systematics Nicholas WILDING will also be contributing to this project especially in the identification of samples on his field of expertise: the moss family Funariaceae.
|Anabelle near the lysimeters' set up in the forest of Bébour (Réunion, April 2012)|
Anabelle CARDOSO is doing her Honours thesis (2012) on the role of bryophytes in the water cycle of the cloud forest of Réunion: