Chicago Botanic Garden
dlarkin at chicagobotanic dot org
The tallgrass prairie ecosystem – a vast landscape of grasses and wildflowers – once dominated the Midwest. However, it’s now one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. Ecological restoration is the only way to gain new prairie habitat, but restoring a diverse and fully functioning prairie is difficult. This summer, we will be studying metrics of plant biodiversity not usually...
Eutrophication and invasive species are two of the strongest drivers of negative
ecosystem change in wetlands. In much of the Midwest, wetland degradation associated with eutrophication has promoted replacement of a native plant, Carex stricta Lam. (tussock sedge), a keystone species in sedge-meadow wetlands, with the invasive grass Phalaris arundinacea L. (reed canarygrass). Both...
In this project, we are evaluating the effects of tallgrass prairie restoration on native bee communities, which are extremely diverse in the region. In light of recent pollinator declines of honeybees and some species of bumblebees, it is important to understand what aspects of habitat restoration may benefit the 500+ species of bees native to this region.
We are conducting this...
Effects of Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn) invasion and restoration on woodland carbon sequestration
Investigating bee bowl color in prairie habitats
Analysis of the effects of buckthorn on soil carbon in woodlands