Project 1: Large-scale reproductive phenology patterns in China
Understanding the spatial pattern of reproductive phenology, including the latitudinal, longitudinal and altitudinal patterns of both flowering and fruiting based on Flora of China. We found closely related species flower at similar times of the year, The phylogenetic signal at the whole country scale was lower than that at the province scale. Phylogenetic signal was also lower at tropical latitudes than at temperate latitudes. Flowering dates were associated with biological traits, with growth form having the largest effect.
Read more in my paper in Global Ecology and Biogeography,
Yanjun Du, Lingfeng Mao, Simon Queenborough, Robert Freckleton, Bin Chen, Keping Ma*. 2015. Phylogenetic constraints and trait correlates of flowering phenology in the angiosperm flora of China. Global Ecology and Biogeography.