Baer Lab at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

 

Below is a list of past and ongoing research projects

 

- Does ecological heterogeneity in space and time enhance biodiversity and ecosystem function in restored prairie? NSF LTREB

 

- Initiation of a tallgrass prairie restoration chronosequence over the next six years to address the role of environmental stochasticity on      community and ecosystem re-assembly. LTER

 

- Evaluation of ecotypic variation and functional response of a dominant grass (Andropogon gerardii) across the sharp precipitation gradient of tallgrass prairie and in response to altered precipitation to demonstrate whether ecotypic variation can be used to restore sustainable grasslands in the face of climate change. USDA

 

- Comparison of ecosystem recovery during C4-grassland development between contrasting precipitation regimes, soil textures, high and low diversity restorations, and across continents (North American vs. South African C4-grasslands). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

 

- Examination of ecological consequences of dominant grass source (i.e., cultivar vs. locally collected seed sources) used in prairie restoration on leaf-level processes, mutualistic associations, root architecture and dynamics, competitive interactions, community structure and ecosystem processes. NSF

 

- Elucidating the role of human filters, specifically selection of dominant species population sources and initial seed mix diversity (grass:forb ratio), on the re-assembly of tallgrass prairie community structure and function. LTER

 

- Long-term monitoring of changes in plant community and ecosystem processes during prairie restoration in response to altered soil heterogeneity and resource availability.