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Juniperus Virginiana Ecology & Impact on Ecosystem Services in the Nebraska Sandhills
November 8, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Despite conservation efforts in the U.S. Great Plains, woody species have continued to expand at an unprecedented rate, threatening key ecosystem services and resilience. Cross-scale monitoring of these grasslands is key to successful integrative management strategies. The presentation will focus on results from multi-scale long-term research on the impacts of Juniperus virginiana expansion on important ecosystem services in the Nebraska Sandhills. We also discuss advancements in approaches and tools that can be used to effectively and efficiently detect small changes in vegetation, which is important for sustainable management of ecosystems, including mitigating for weather and management induced slow chronic stresses and invasive species.
Tala Awada is an associate dean/director in the Agricultural Research Division at the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a professor of Plant Ecophysiology in the School of Natural Resources, and a Robert B. Daugherty Global Water for Food Institute Fellow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She co-leads the Nebraska Long-term Agroecosystem Research network (ARS/USDA and UNL partnership). She conducts research in the areas of plant ecophysiology and phenomics, forest and grassland ecology, ecology of invasive species, and vegetation cover change as impacted by climate variability and change and anthropogenic management. She received her PhD in Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada; MS in Environmental and Renewable Resources from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece; and BS in Agriculture from the Lebanese University.
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