Kyle G. Dexter



School of GeoSciences,

University of Edinburgh

Research Associate

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

201 Crew Building, King’s Buildings

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh EH9 3FF, U.K.

phone: +44 (0) 131 651 7065

fax: +44 (0) 131 662 0478

email: kyle.dexter (at) ed (dot) ac (dot) uk

Research Overview

The official title of my position is 'Lecturer in Terrestrial Vegetation Ecology', and most of my research does concern plant ecology. However, it also usually incorporates a substantial evolutionary dimension, particularly in the areas of phylogenetics and comparative methods.

My current projects are focused primarily on trees in South America, while I also carry out research in Namibia and the Appalachian mountains (U.S.A.). The South American research focuses on the evolution of environmental niches and herbivore defence strategies in tropical trees and its significance for present-day ecological communities. The Namibian project involves floristics and investigations into speciation in a genus of sub-tropical shrubs. The Appalachian project entails long-term monitoring of a plant community in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, covering everything from lichens (not technically plants) to herbs to trees.

I have broad interests in ecology and evolutionary biology. While all of my current research is empirical and centres around plants, I have a strong interest in theory and have also worked on birds and mammals in the past. Thus, I am open to accepting students or post-docs who are interested in any just about any stimulating topic in ecology and evolutionary biology. Just send me an email at the above address!

Last updated by kyle.dexter [at] ed [dot] ac [dot] uk on August 22nd, 2015

Left: Cross section of lowland rainforest in Manu National Park, Peru, revealed by river erosion.

Center Top: Herbaceous sampling plot in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, USA

Center Bottom: Measuring corolla length of Petalidium luteo-album in Damaraland, Namibia.

Right: Myself climbing a tree to make a leaf collection in Madre de Dios, Peru