Paul V.A. Fine

Job title: 
Department of Integrative Biology

Professor Fine research investigates the origin and maintenance of Amazonian rain forest tree diversity. He is especially interested in the role that biotic interactions and environmental heterogeneity play in the morphological, functional, and genetic diversity of tropical trees, and how these factors influence the distribution and speciation of plants. The main thrust of his research is to understand the evolution and maintenance of edaphic specialization by trees to these divergent soil types, and the role of herbivores in this process.

Research interests: 

Amazonian rain forest tree diversity, evolutionary biology.