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Vanessa Cutts

PhD Researcher,

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Biography

Vanessa obtained her BSc in Zoology from the University of Reading in 2013. She completed her MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College in 2014 and began her PhD at Nottingham in 2017.

Research Summary

My PhD looks at the diversification and specialisation of island plants, using the Canary Islands as a case study. Oceanic islands are useful ecosystems which we can use to understand evolutionary… read more

Current Research

My PhD looks at the diversification and specialisation of island plants, using the Canary Islands as a case study. Oceanic islands are useful ecosystems which we can use to understand evolutionary and biogeographical patterns. I aim to use functional trait data to understand the evolution, biogeography and functioning of endemic species. I focus on four species groups with different degrees of endemism: single-island endemics (SIEs), archipelago endemics (AEs), non-endemic natives (NENs) and exotics. Under this framework I want to discern three things: 1) mechanisms behind the evolution of endemic species, 2) how endemic species are distributed within and across islands and 3) whether endemics are more specialised or unique relative to non-endemics.

As I use trait data collected different sources, I also investigate the use of different methods of trait data collection: field data, florisitc data and data from the TRY database.

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