Abstracts (first author)
Dispersal and survival in Pacific Rim peat mosses (Sphagnum)
Mosses mostly exhibit broader distribution ranges than higher plants, coupled with limited morphological differentiation across large distances. This phenomenon has traditionally has been explained by slow evolution in mosses. It has recently been demonstrated that long-distance dispersal can be very high in transatlantic peat mosses (Sphagnum), and we ask whether transpacific peat mosses display similar high gene flow rates through time. We also ask where these stress-tolerant plants likely have survived climatic oscillations through Pleistocene.