Faculty Advisor

Dr. Alissa A. Packer

Start Date

April 2021

End Date

April 2021

Description

Using the successional plots located at the Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER), the species composition and distribution of woody plant species were determined for four of these plots. Old field succession has large implications conservation considering how much land is used by humans for agricultural practice. Invasive species are also a growing threat to conservation, particularly in early successional environments, such as old fields, that allow them to have a foothold to grow. How these invasives impact native populations and the trajectory of succession is critical to conserving biodiversity of native organisms. Understanding how species abundance and distribution changes through time is particularly helpful for implementing restoration on sites that are degraded. The pattern found in this instance is that invasive species invade early in the successional time scale and woody plant species diversity decreases with time.

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A Study of Old Field Succession at the Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER)

Using the successional plots located at the Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER), the species composition and distribution of woody plant species were determined for four of these plots. Old field succession has large implications conservation considering how much land is used by humans for agricultural practice. Invasive species are also a growing threat to conservation, particularly in early successional environments, such as old fields, that allow them to have a foothold to grow. How these invasives impact native populations and the trajectory of succession is critical to conserving biodiversity of native organisms. Understanding how species abundance and distribution changes through time is particularly helpful for implementing restoration on sites that are degraded. The pattern found in this instance is that invasive species invade early in the successional time scale and woody plant species diversity decreases with time.

 

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