Investigating drivers and consequences of changes in biodiversity
Our group investigates how changes in biodiversity alter ecosystem functioning, stability, and services. We also study how global environmental changes (e.g., habitat loss and fragmentation, nutrient enrichment, climate change, exotic species invasions) are driving changes in biodiversity and ecosystems. Most of our studies consider plant diversity in grasslands and forests, but we have also reintroduced bison to an oak savanna.
- How do changes in biodiversity influence ecosystem functioning, stability, and services?
- How do global environmental changes impact biodiversity and ecosystems?
- Scaling-up understanding of how biodiversity loss alters productivity | Video | supported by NSF CAREER Award | NSF LTER Working Group at NCEAS
- Biodiversity, ecosystem stability, and recovery. Quantifying resistance and resilience of grasslands to drought, nutrient enrichment, and land use changes | Story | supported by NSF's Biodiversity on a Changing Planet Program | NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program
- Bison reintroduction. Evaluating use of bison grazing for restoration of oak savanna at Cedar Creek | Documentary | Video | supported by Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
- Citizen science. Assessing cascading effects of wolf recolonization at Cedar Creek | Eyes on the Wild citizen science website | Video | News | supported by Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
- Policy. Engaging with policy as a lead author on international assessments here and here conducted by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services | Contributing expert input here and here for the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Global Biodiversity Framework