Earth, Wind, Water, Fire. . . and Competition? Understanding tree community dynamics across the savanna landscape.

Have you ever wondered why trees grow in some areas but not in others? In the African savanna landscape, this pattern may be explained with a little help from the natural elements and ecological relationships. Professor Ricardo Holdo of the University of Missouri seeks to understand how different ecological forces such as competition, fire, grazing, soil composition, and climate influence the growth and distribution of tree communities in southern and eastern Africa.


Ricardo Holdo in Serengeti National Park. © Ricardo Holdo

Ricardo’s work uses a range of different research approaches to explore these questions, including observational data, field experiments, computer modeling with satellite imagery and remote sensing data, and ecological theory.

Tune in to find out more about this fascinating ecosystem and to hear Ricardo’s advice for young scientists entering the field!

Earth, Wind, Water, Fire… and Competition? Understanding tree community dynamics across the Savanna landscape

Don’t forget you can subscribe to automatically receive all our latest content, or just our podcasts.

Intro and outro music sampled from: “The Curtain Rises” and “Early RiserKevin MacLeod [CC BY 3.0]

Posted by The Naturally Speaking Editors

A science pod-yssey and regular blog-yssey from the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow

One Comment

  1. […] nematodes! On a broader scale, we’ve explored the role of biological clocks in ecology, fire dynamics in savannah ecosystems, and the ecology of ageing and immunity. We’ve produced a special feature […]



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s