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Dr Fabio Carvalho G Da Silva

Formerly at Lancaster University

Research overview

I am mostly interested in the mechanisms involved in plant-soil interactions, particularly in looking at the different strategies plants use to drive ecosystem processes like biomass production and nutrient cycling. I use plant functional traits to understand the expected trade-offs between exploitative and conservative life strategies among species and examine how they scale-up to changes in ecosystem processes and services. I have applied a functional trait approach to plant ecology using wetland and grassland ecosystems in the UK and agro-silvo-pastoral ecosystems in the Mediterranean region. I am also interested in how plant traits respond to competitive interactions and environmental filtering.

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