Why do plants grow where they do?
We seek to understand how biological traits, environmental conditions, and historical factors such as disturbance and dispersal history interact to influence plant distributions. This knowledge can then address issues of conservation concern, such as the protection of rare species, the restoration of disturbed communities, the spread of invasive species, and the environmental impacts of agriculture.
9/7/11– Bates classes start
8/8/2011-8/12/2011– Katie goes to ESA in Austin and gives a talk on agricultural legacies in forest herb communities
1/2011– Torrey publishes “Why are acidophilic plants abundant in post-agricultural forests?”