Population and Community Dynamics in an Arid System

Monsanto Auditorium

Plant population growth and community dynamics are inherently linked via feedbacks among the spatial distribution of plants, the demographic behavior of plant populations, and community structure.  The outcome of these interactions determines WHAT plants respond to and contribute to resource heterogeneity via species-specific patterns of consumption and contributions to soil resources and they possess traits that modify the microclimate under their canopies. These dynamics reveal important mechanisms of biodiversity maintenance and community stability.

Speaker Information

Dr. Maria Miriti
Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Oranisml Biology
The Ohio State Unviersity

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