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Rowan Schley

Evolutionary Biologist

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Why are the Tropics So Biodiverse?

This deceptively simple question is what drives me as a biologist.

I am Rowan Schley, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter. My research largely centres around speciation and hybridisation in tropical trees, with a particular focus on whether hybridisation catalyses rapid diversification in species-rich tropical tree groups.

More generally, as a naturalist I am fascinated by questions surrounding the evolution, biogeography and conservation of tropical biodiversity across the tree of life, in hopes of shedding some light on what underlies its superlative richness.