Shanze Li and Steve Pennings recently published a paper on how the timing of wrack disturbance determines its effects on Spartina alterniflora and on stem-boring herbivores of Spartina. Plants completely recover from disturbance early in the season in terms of growth, and early disturbance actually stimulated flowering. Plants did not recover from disturbance later in the season, and flowering was suppressed. Plants disturbed late in the season also had a low frequency of stem-boring herbivores. The paper was featured on the cover of the journal Ecosphere, and is open access: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.1675/full
Monthly Archives: March 2017
Our long-standing experimental project on the spread of mangroves in the Gulf Coast has produced its first paper. Hongyu led the effort, which describes how mangrove cover affects microclimate, marsh vegetation, wrack disturbance, sedimentation, soil organic content, and bird use of the wetlands. Ecology 98:762-772.
Top photo: I don’t know his name, but this grizzled veteran of the mangroves assisted me with the water quality instrument.
Bottom photo: Our noble leader Hongyu hard at work measuring mangroves.