Room 1670 Beyster Building (North Campus)
Speaker: Kelly Caylor, Ph.D.
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Title: Impacts of climate variability on dryland ecosystem structure and function (seminar announcement and relevant publications attached)
The spatial pattern of vegetation may exhibit different degree of organization that can be interpreted as an indicator for the state of an ecosystem. In semiarid environments, it is possible to observe transitions from over-dispersed individuals (e.g. an ordered lattice) to under-dispersed individuals (e.g. clumped points). These configurations may correspond to different strategy of adaptation or optimization, whose understanding may help to predict some of the consequences of environmental changes for both ecosystem services and water resources. In this talk, I explore both theoretical and empirical analyses that suggest rainfall variability as the primary driver of vegetation structure and function in drylands.