Plant diversity and conservation
Regional-based solutions for biodiversity and conservation
The Anthropocene is reducing the diversity of global ecosystems at an unprecendent rate. Habitat deterioration and climate warming are both influencing the diversity and distribution of plants, reducing the occupancy of native species at the expense of invasive aliens. Despite this being a general trend, identifying the response of plant diversity to global change is regionally idiosyncratic, and different trends may came out between regions with different historical or environmenal settings.
Our primary geographic focus is on the Cantabrian Mixed Forest Ecoregion, a high-diversity but generally overlooked ecoregion harbouring a relevant part of Spanish biodiversity, with key ecosystems for conservation. We study regional patterns of plant diversity in the research program of the Atlantic Botanic Garden, Gijón, Spain.