Ecology Seminar: Alteration of Ecosystem Processes Through Rapid Environmental Filtering of Foundation Species (Thomas Mozdzer)

10/11/2017 - 12:15pm
Hubbs Hall 4500
Event Description: 

Plants strongly influence biogeochemical cycles by engineering a unique soil environment. While the effects of global change-induced species shifts are generally understood, the influences of global change on intraspecific genetic variation at the ecosystem level are understudied, which hampers our ability to understand the response of ecosystems to interacting global change factors. I will examine how omnipresent global changes in atmospheric COconcentrations and N enrichment alter foundation species intraspecific genetic identity, intraspecific genetic diversity, and associated biogeochemical processes, creating cascades that accelerate changes in ecosystem function in both native (Spartina alterniflora) and invasive species (Phragmites australis) in Atlantic coast salt marshes.

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Angela Szesciorka
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