Dr Thomas Couve, Devos, Ecuador discussed on In Defense of Plants Podcast
How's everyone doing this week today? We're taking a look at tropical rainforests joining us is Dr Thomas Couve are. And he specializes in palms and sour stops. But his work goes so much deeper than these families his work really focuses on the resilience and diversity of tropical rainforests around the world, but largely in South, America and Africa. It's fascinating work, and it has big implications for conservation, especially in the face of climate change. So let's just jump right into it. Without further ado, here's my conversation with Dr Kumar, I hope you enjoy. All right, Dr Thomas, Couve warr. Thank you so much for coming on the podcast. How about you tell everyone little bit about who you are. And what it is. You do. Okay. Get off to Matt. Thank you for having me on the show. I'm a tropical buffets. I mainly interested in tropical rainforest evolution looking at the balloon rainforest using FOX and I specialized throughout my career in two main wonderful plant families, first one is palm. And we'd heard a lot about palms on previous cast on in defensive and also another family will at an easy, which is a source of family. And that's also a tropical family less. Well known as palms, but it has also an incredible diversity and in many ways, even though they're not related the they have a lot of ressemblance in terms of distribution species. Diversity and cultural traits fascinating. So it's ended up working out quite nicely with those two groups. But I'm curious what? Brought you to plants in the first place where you always interested in plants or did you kinda discover them a little bit later in life. So I'm more of the category of people who discovered later on. I've always loved nature of more wondering around nature an uninformative way with my parents, we go for long hikes. I didn't have the challenge of having somebody to teach me about nature as a kid decides some general about by versity, and it's only when I writing university that I really started getting interested in pumps. And in fact, I've mainly been interested in in nature when I when I had the chance to move and live in Ecuador in South America and two major events happen. When I was in Ecuador, the first one is when I had the chance visit as a fourteen year old boy that got up ago sirens, and that just blew my mind because everything I used to see, and they didn't really make any sense to me but learning about Darwin hand. On basically, looking at turtles looking at finches were the guys that we have explaining to us that we should not really provided in an incredible framework. And then just in understanding of what was around made everything clearer. And then a few months later, I had enough to go and visit the rainforest Amazon rainforest, and that also had a huge impact. I always love nature when you get into rain for us. That's when you see the beauty of of by DeVos it. It's just even though when you go into a rainforest like you see tons of animals and fires, but it's just incredible feeling of lots and lots of vitamins around you. And so those two impulsive events in my life. I decided I really wanted to work on understanding tropical rainforest or evolution. Although it wasn't really clear in my mind is. I started undertaking studies and the university of Mukherjee in southern from which was well known and is still well known for tropical study and three years into my into my research. I met one of my scientific mentors junkies. And he came up to me. And basically said, hey, what about palms and the other? And I'm like, wow, all seems like a great study in a great master degree subject. And so I took my master degree project studying Amazonean bombs and their diversity and Filo, gene, and author that I was looking for a PHD. And I where do you wanted to have the extra French experience in research? And so I was looking up to able to start a PHD in Washington, which is in the Netherland, and they're my research..