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Wednesday, October 3 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Context-dependency of herbivore effects on function: roles of body size, productivity, and biome

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Herbivores often impact primary producers, but are all herbivores made equal? Work in African savannas shows that body size can determine the strength of herbivore impact on plant community composition and ecosystem function. Although the Americas lack the wealth of large mammals found in Africa, herbivores across North American biomes are still diverse ranging from insects to bison and urchins to dugongs. LTER could play an important role in investigating the differential effects of herbivore size class in a variety of ecosystem types. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to create network-wide common experiments for examining the effects of herbivore types, as well as the potential for synthesis and meta-analysis on this topic.

Lead Organizer

Sally Koerner

University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Deron Burkepile

University of California Santa Barbara

Kim La Pierre

Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Wednesday October 3, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
03. Acacia Meeting Room