Plant geographic ranges have shifted over time, shaped by forces such as evolution, geology, ecology, and climate. Some of these forces have left striking botanical biogeographic patterns. As plant ranges continue to shift today especially in the face of climate change, gaining insights from both past and present patterns of plant biodiversity is important. In this talk, Dr. Chloe Pak Drummond will focus on North American case studies to discuss how historical forces have shaped biodiversity in the Great Lakes region, and how present-day forces are affecting species persistence in the face of climate change.
About the Speaker
Chloe Pak Drummond, Ph.D., is an evolutionary botanist who investigates biogeographic patterns of North American plants. She focuses on plant species with a disjunct, or discontinuous, geographic distribution between western North America and the Great Lakes region.
To illuminate the many ways in which geography and evolution interact, she tests the evolutionary history of these disjunct species to understand how and when they arrived at their current distributions, the future persistence of Great Lakes region populations in the face of climate change, and whether geographic heterogeneity is facilitating local adaptations of ecologically and economically important plant traits. She draws on molecular and bioinformatic techniques and works with students and collaborators to answer these integrated evolutionary questions. Dr. Drummond is currently a visiting lecturer in the Department of Biological Science at Mount Holyoke College teaching introductory biology, plant biogeography, and genomics and bioinformatics.