Céline BORN

Nationality French
Year of selection2009
InstitutionStellenbosch University
CountrySouth Africa
RiskEnvironmental risks

Type of support

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Granted amount

60 000 €


1 year

Wind and Dispersal

How does climate change affect seed and pollen dispersal, an essential process for plant reproduction? To gain an in-depth understanding, Dr. Céline Born traveled to Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean to study Azorella selago, a “keystone” plant species due to its critical importance to ecosystem function. Using the genotyped specimens found on the island, she is studying the impact of wind patterns on pollen dispersal of Azorella. “Our research will be used for the development of a conservation plan for the sub-Antarctic region, which is particularly affected by climate change,” she explained. This data will be used to predict colonization of the plant based on various global warming scenarios.

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