Natural history of trees

Different paths to diversity: comparing two tropical tree groups with high species diversity but very different biologies through genomic comparisons.

The potential for hybridization to accelerate adaptation and health of trees to future novel and rapidly changing environments

We are using DNA data to further understand the reproductive biology of an under-studied oak, Quercus havardii, which will help inform seed collection strategies and collection management.

We are quantifying the number of plants and seeds needed to best preserve genetic variation of 10 species of threatened trees in botanical gardens, which  will be models for future seed collections.

The diversity of trees from around the world in the Living Collections provides an ideal opportunity to compare species responses to climate.

Trees are removed from the Living Collections for various reasons, but just because a tree is no longer growing on the grounds, doesn’t mean we can’t still learn from it.

Consistent, integrative ecological monitoring is essential to determine the health of the forest and the impacts of management.

How do we detect whether a tree is ‘stressed’ or ‘vigorous’?  The Tree Observatory aims to decipher the secret language of trees so that we may interpret the physiological and reproductive status through the holistic examination of individual tree’s life history and growth.