Sofia J.
van Moorsel


Intraspecific variation in Fagus sylvatica

Intraspecific variation in Fagus sylvatica

With Prof. Meredith Schuman at the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich, we are working on measuring the intraspecific trait and genetic variation in beech (Fagus sylvatica) and how it responds to both the biotic and abiotic environment. To do so, we're using a blend of ecological genomics and remote sensing tools.

In a common garden experiment, we are currently trying to disentangle the within-species trait variation explained by the genotype vs. the environment. We are growing roughly 200 young beech trees and measuring a suite of phenotypic traits, some as simple as plant height, others more complex, such as leaf spectroscopy and canopy reflectance. The experiment is running and data are being collected and analyzed. More to come soon!

A quick summary of the experiment (in German) can be found here.