Yun-Ting Jang

Doctoral Student

Research

I am interested in how different environmental, temporal and spatial factors can interact and shape intriguing community patterns, both from ecological and evolutionary perspectives.

My current project is about using a mechanistic community assembly model to explore changes in phylogenetic distance between samples of organisms between sites (phylogenetic beta-diversity) under different processes.

Being one of the diversity patterns that includes evolutinary history, namely the time component, is the reason which makes phylogenetic beta-diversity a useful tool for macroevolutionary and biogeographical research. One of the goals is to formulate theory that facilitates our understanding of the generation and maintenance of biodiversity patterns.