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Monday 22nd July 2024

Species distributions and ecological function


Understanding how Scotland’s biodiversity is distributed and how it plays a role in sustaining ecosystems is vital for a sustainable Scotland.

Investigation of the distribution of and roles for Scottish biodiversity requires:

  • What factors control the patterns of species distribution at scales from centimetres to national
  • Converting information of diversity and abundance of plant and animals into functional information
  • Understanding the role diversity plays in controlling ecosystem processes



  • Knowledge on the distribution and conservation of a range of key groups of biodiversity
  • Characterise how patterns of species diversity are constructed for different groups,
  • Relative roles of ecosystem dominants and diversity in supporting ecosystem function


Contact: Prof. Robin Pakeman

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