Sub-Antarctic terrestrial plant biogeography
(with Prof. Steven Chown and Jaco Le Roux)
Mario is working on large-scale biogeographic questions (largely sub-Antarctic plant species) and their responses to climate change (in collaboration with Stellenbosch University and Macquarie University). Mario’s work falls within the AFBA project (A Functional Biogeography of Antarctic; antarcticbiogeography.org), a large collaborative project that will provide a comprehensive biodiversity assessment of the region’s terrestrial and intertidal plants and animals.
Antarctica and its surrounding sub-Antarctic islands are among the world’s most spectacular and least disturbed environments. Mario is searching for the origins of various plant species that occur in the region, and how different species occurring across islands are related and connected.