New Deputy EiC hanna Tuomisto3 March 2017
I am a botanist interested in many aspects of ecology and biogeography. My research is mainly focused on rain forest ecology in Amazonia, especially to clarify drivers of plant community composition, broad-scale floristic patterns and the evolutionary origin of Amazonian biodiversity. To this end, I have spent several years hiking in Amazonia to collect data on plant species occurrences and the soils they grow on. My pet plants are the ferns, which I use together with satellite images and other remotely sensed data as indicators of general floristic patterns. I am also interested in theoretical issues related to diversity (especially beta diversity and the numerous concepts associated with it) and the analytical methods available to address questions related to species diversity and turnover. I work as a lecturer at the Department of Biology, University of Turku, Finland.