Considering root traits for improved native plant development and restoration
Description: Trait-based ecology aims to link specific plant traits, or characteristics that affect fitness, to community assembly, biodiversity, and ecosystem function. Trait-based approaches are increasingly being used to understand plant establishment and survival in restoration settings. In this talk, I will discuss how considering plant traits can improve plant selection for revegetation of systems threatened by drought or competition. I will focus on early seedling and root traits, as they hold great promise for better understanding plant establishment and survival in stressful systems.
Presenter: Magda Garbowski received her PhD from the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University in 2020 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research. Much of Magda’s PhD work focused on understanding variation in root traits for improved native plant selection and restoration in stressful environments.