Dry communities of the Midwest - Plant traits that make you successful in a xeric and fragmented habitat
The gravel hills support a unique plant community more similar to short grass prairies of the West rather than mesic prairies of the surrounding areas. These habitats are often small and isolated habitats which have been naturally fragmented for many years. We are interested in what are the traits that have allowed these species to colonize these areas and persist in these areas. As these habitats have been fragmented for a long time, they can be a model for how fragmentation may affect communities in the future.