Georges Kunstler Forest ecologist


My research is at the interface between plant community ecology, functional traits and biogeography. I am interested in assessing how the demographic response to biotic interactions and climate of tree species with different functional traits values can explain the diversity of traits observed within a community and the large scale patterns of vegetation structure observed along climatic gradients. This would help to understand how climate change affect the structure of forest ecosystems.

My main research lines are:

  1. Linking tree demography, population dynamics and traits
  2. Drivers of species coexistence
  3. Interplay of biotic interactions and climate stress effect on plant dyanmics
  4. Individual-based models of forest dynamics