This research group is based in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. It is led by Kyle Dexter and focuses primarily on the evolutionary ecology and biogeography of tropical trees.

We collaborate extensively with researchers at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and several students in the group are based primarily at that institution.

Most research in the group is directed towards answering fundamental questions in ecology, evolutionary biology and biogeography, although there is often an important applied component, usually related to conservation and the potential impacts of climate change.

The research frequently involves the integration of phylogenies with ecological data, primarily community composition and/or functional trait data. Analyses are often large in spatial and phylogenetic scale and usually involve custom script development in the R Statistical Software.

Members of the research group carry out fieldwork in wet forests ranging from the Andes to the Amazon to the Mata Atlântica of South America, yet with an equal focus on dry tropical biomes such as seasonally dry tropical forest and savanna. The group is also developing research in southern Africa, primarily in Namibia and Angola.

While all of our current research is empirical and centres around plants, it is theoretically motivated, and we have strong interests in theory. Kyle has also worked on birds and mammals in the past. Thus, the group is open to accepting students or post-docs who are interested in any just about any stimulating topic in ecology and evolutionary biology; just contact Kyle at the email address below.


201 Crew Building, King’s Buildings

School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh EH9 3FF, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 792 022 7134

Email: kyle.dexter@ed.ac.uk

Last updated by Kyle Dexter on August 16th, 20162015