Direct and indirect effects of warming on plant communities

Project Overview
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Project Abstract: 
Global changes, such as global warming, frequently reduce plant diversity and alter plant community composition. Some of these effects may be due to the direct effects of global change on individual plant taxa; however, many more of these effects may result from altered interactions with plant competitors and herbivores. Despite their importance, models predicting the effects of climate change on species, communities, and ecosystems largely ignore these biotic interactions. In doing so, predictions about changes to species abundances and distributions miss important hidden effects from biotic interactions. We use a long term manipulative experiment to investigate how biotic interactions across trophic levels mediate the effects of climate warming on plant communities. We will then use data to parameterize a multispecies interaction model to forecast plant community composition changes over space and time in response to predicted future warming.
Investigator Info
Funding agency: 
Michigan State University
Years research project active: 
2015 to 2021