Publication Date: 28/12/2018

Answering Big Questions with Small Landmasses

A conferência “Answering Big Questions with Small Landmasses: Evolutionary Biogeography of Atlantic and Pacific Archipelagos” é promovida pela Faculdade de Ciências da Vida e pelo Grupo de Botânica da Madeira e terá como orador convidado Jonathan Price, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo


Oceanic islands historically have been important to answering major questions in ecology and evolution. They are optimally simple systems comprising small landmasses with modest diversity and definable spatial and temporal constraints. At the same time, their climatic and ecological complexity mimics that of continental systems. A mounting wealth of phylogenetic studies sets the stage for studies of whole floras, supporting a comparatively thorough understanding of the processes by which integrated ecological systems arise.