Daniel S. Park Ph.D.

Plant Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity in the Anthropocene


Biodiversity Ecology & Evolution

“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”
—Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973)

Recent News

We are looking for postdocs to join the lab! [see details]

We are looking for graduate students to join us in Fall 2023! [see details]

[2022.04.19] Our new paper demonstrates that rapid increases in biodiversity knowledge can be achieved through the integration of existing databases, providing the data necessary to address critical environmental conservation challenges. A review of the heterogeneous landscape of biodiversity databases: Opportunities and challenges for a synthesized biodiversity knowledge base

[2022.02.20] Collaborative study out in New Phytologist - "Leaf out time correlates with wood anatomy across large geographic scales and within local communities". We demonstrate that the timing of leaf out is correlated with wood anatomy across species regardless of their geographic origin and phylogenetic relationships. 

[2021.10.09] Out in New Phytologist - We demonstrate that flowering time displacement is not common across large geographic scales, but displacement is generally greater among species pairs that flower close in time, regardless of direction. We also predict that with climate change, the flowering times of closely related species will shift further apart on average by the mid-21st century, which may have significant consequences for species interactions and gene flow [read more].

[2021.09.01] Our new paper on the impacts of fire on biodiversity in the Amazon is out in Nature
How deregulation, drought and increasing fire impact Amazonian biodiversity

[2021.08.24] New collaborative effort out in Nature Ecology and Evolution - "Areas of global importance for conserving terrestrial biodiversity, carbon and water

Macro dandelion



The Park Lab at Purdue University studies plant biodiversity. We collaborate widely with scientists from across the world examining how global change is affecting natural communities. We are greatly fascinated by the diversity of life, and our work combines experiments, observations, citizen science, big data, artificial intelligence, statistical models, and biological collections to address key hypotheses in ecology and evolution.