MEADOW RESTORATION: WHAT DO WE REALLY GET OUT OF IT?
meadow restoration, Northeast Ohio, native plant communities, ecosystem
Disturbed and degraded habitats are frequently restored with the goal of re-establishing native plant communities and restoring ecosystems. Usually, post-restoration assessment is focused on whether or not the new community has higher native diversity, but this information alone does not really tell us about how restored ecosystems function. Emily Rauschert and her colleagues assessed the progress of several meadow restoration efforts though the perspective of plant functional traits. These traits are a valuable tool to analyze restorations because of their relationship to how plant communities are structured and to the provisioning of ecosystem services. In this talk, Emily will present a regional perspective on meadow restoration in Northeast Ohio focused on how restoration impacts functional diversity and ecosystem functioning.
Rauschert, Emily, "MEADOW RESTORATION: WHAT DO WE REALLY GET OUT OF IT?" (2020). Guest Lectures. 120.