A Rare View from the Canopy in the Rainforest

Written by: Carina Baskett

Primary Source: Wandering Nature

A rare view from the canopy in the rainforest. Tiputini Biodiversity Station has an amazing canopy walkway that I got to climb on my last day there. Photographed in the Ecuadorian Amazon, August 2013

A rare view from the canopy in the rainforest. Tiputini Biodiversity Station has an amazing canopy walkway that I got to climb on my last day there. Photographed in the Ecuadorian Amazon, August 2013

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Carina Baskett
I am currently in my third year of the PhD program at Michigan State University. I’m working in Dr. Doug Schemske’s lab. I study how relationships between plants and animals, like pollination, are different in the tropics vs. the temperate zone. (watch a 90-second video about it.) For example, a typical tree in the temperate zone is pollinated by the wind (hence, allergies!), and its seeds are spread by wind. A typical tree in the tropics is pollinated by animals, and its seeds are spread by animals. I want to know, do these differences have implications for evolution?