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Feb 8 2022

E&E Seminar: “Restoration and diversity in Chicagoland prairies and parks” by Dr. Rebecca Barak (Chicago Botanic Garden)

February 8, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Dr. Rebecca Barak (Chicago Botanic Garden) will be presenting "Restoration and diversity in Chicagoland prairies and parks"on Feb. 8, 2021.

Host: Gabriella Nunez-Mir

Abstract: Biodiversity is a key restoration objective. However, there are many ways that restoration professionals and researchers define biodiversity. Some metrics of diversity – like phylogenetic and functional diversity – are theoretically important for restoration, but their impacts on restoration outcomes aren’t often tested empirically. In this talk I will report results from a survey of prairie restoration managers, and a prairie plot experiment designed to test the effects of phylogenetic and functional diversity on tallgrass prairie restoration. Finally, I will introduce a collaborative study testing the impacts of biodiversity on ecosystem functions in lawn alternative plantings in Chicagoland.


Emily Beaufort

Date posted

Jan 6, 2022

Date updated

Jan 21, 2022