Check out my new article in Restoration Ecology describing the use of repeated mowing to restore remnant native grasslands invaded by nonnative annual grasses. In collaboration with the Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation and students from Shivela Middle School, we showed that this method may benefit native bunchgrasses, but may also have the unintended consequence of increasing other weedy species. This is a great example of how citizen science programs and environmental education can be integrated with restoration activities.
Tai Michaels, a high school student mentored by UCLA La Kretz Center postdoc Justin Valliere, won First Place in the Environmental Division of the Los Angeles Science Fair and then went on to win first place in the Calfornia State Science Fair! Congratulations to Tai for a great job developing and executing his project aimed at understanding effects of shorter fire return intervals on chaparral vegetation.
As always, had a great time at the Ecology Society of America meeting in Portland! It was a lot of fun presenting and discussing my research, reconnecting with colleagues and friends, and making new connections.
I'll be chairing the nitrogen deposition session at this year's National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) Fall Meeting and Scientific Symposium. You can learn more about the program and submit an abstract at the NADP website. Looking forward to a great meeting.
Undergraduate student Jacqueline Zhang recently presented the research we are working on at the 2017 UCLA Undergraduate Research Symposium as part of the University's Grand Challenges Program. Jacqueline and I are testing if we can condition plants to drought as seedlings in order to increase restoration success during extended drought.