AUSTIN, Texas - Edgardo Latrubesse, a professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment, has been awarded a $4.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a project titled “The Dynamics of Mountains, Landscapes and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity of the Amazon/Andean Forest.”
Latrubesse is partnering with a team of scientists from both North and South America to develop an integrated understanding of how geology, biology and climate interact to shape the species distribution and biodiversity in these forests over time.
The project will also offer educational opportunities, training and mentoring of graduate students, who will assist with fieldwork, laboratory studies and modeling. Latrubesse will be managing a team with a budget of about $340,000, and Brian Horton, a professor in the Jackson School of Geosciences, will contribute a comparable amount, totaling approximately $680,000 in research funds. The goal is to understand the role of environment and environmental history in genetic differentiation of populations and the origins of new species.