Plants Response to Herbivory under Changing Climatic Context in the Tehachapi Mountains, CA.
How do simultaneous synergist, antagonistic, and additive interactions among multiple stressors shape understory plant communities? Do introduced ungulate herbivores "compensate" for declines in native species, or do they drive divergent responses? What are the relationships between herbivore pressure, drought, nutrient availability, and plant species richness?
Hastings Reserve Dam Removal on Finch Creek in the Sierras, California.
Graduate students in the Young Lab are working with Jen Hunter at UC Hastings Reserve to help establish a stream monitoring protocol for Finch Creek, which will be undergoing a fish barrier removal in the summer of 2021. We are generally interested in the immediate and long-term impacts of barrier removal and the return of Steelhead to both the aquatic and terrestrial habitats.We are also excited about the opportunities this barrier removal at a UC Reserve will provide for citizen scientists and students to learn about aquatic subsidies to riparian zones and to get involved with ongoing monitoring.
Large Herbivore and Climate on Plant Functional Traits and Diversity in the Tehachapi Mountains, CA.
Increases in herbivore density and changes in herbivore identity can have a profound effect on surrounding plant communities and ecosystem function, but these impacts are often context-dependent and are altered by factors such as climate and productivity. Plant functional traits and functional diversity provide a tool to clarify how changes in climatic context and herbivore turnover interact to alter plant communities and can have important implications for the successful management of ecological functions.