Hierarchical modeling

Disentangling the roles of inter and intraspecific variation on leaf trait distributions across the eastern United States

Functional traits are central to how organisms perform and influence ecosystem function. Although phylogenetic constraints and environmental conditions are both known to affect trait distributions, data limitations have resulted in large scale …


tree crown detection using RGB

Derived inventory of tree crowns

Over 100 million tree crowns estimated from DeepForest


Cross-scale effects of ecological processes on ecological patterns

Individual tree crowns leaf traits from integrating NEON and FIA

An inventory of 60 million trees across US

Individual tree crowns leaf traits from remote sensing

Functional ecology has increasingly focused on describing ecological communities based on their traits (measurable features affecting individuals fitness and performance). Analyzing trait distributions within and among forests could significantly improve understanding of community composition and ecosystem function.