Climate change impact on the distribution of endemic seed plants of the Tibetan Plateau
Bachelor and MSc project
The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is the highest plateau and one of the largest plateaus on the Earth with an average altitude of >4000m and occupying ~2.5 million km2.
The rapid uplift of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau has resulted in rapid and continuous specification and diversification for plants. Being a center of biodiversity hotspots, the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau provides habitats for ~9000 vascular plants,of which ~18% are endemic to this area.
In this project, I
- compiled distribution datasets of ~8000 vascular plants on the Tibetan Plateau.
- analyzed the factors determining the species and phylogenetic diversity patterns.
- evaluated the impact of future climate change on the distribution of ~1000 endemic seed plants in this region and assessed the effectiveness of current nature reserve system.