Intraspecific traits of native prairie species
To address the loss of prairie ecosystems, ecological restoration is increasingly used to conserve native species and regain ecosystem services. However, despite decades of research and applied restoration, restored prairie habitat often falls short of remnant prairie habitat in supporting species diversity and delivering ecosystem services. Between-species and within-species functional trait diversity likely contributes to successful restoration because it influences ecological patterns and the delivery of ecosystem services, but the mechanisms for this are not well understood. This research will provide a better understanding of how functional trait diversity between-species and within-species can be incorporated into planning and implementing restoration projects.