Tallgrass prairie: the invasion of the woody shrubs
Dec21

Tallgrass prairie: the invasion of the woody shrubs

This post contributed by Liza Lester, ESA communications officer Jesse Nippert spoke with me in today’s edition of ESA’s Field Talk podcast. Listen. The little trees were insignificant against the grass. It seemed as if the grass were about to run over them, and over the plum patch behind the sod chicken house. As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea. The red of the grass made...

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Waves mightier than sun, otter or urchin: storm disturbance shapes California kelp forests

This post contributed by Liza Lester, ESA communications officer. As winter storms pick up along the California coast, a harvest of giant kelp comes ashore with the tides, torn from seafloor anchorages by the rough action of waves. Waves are the most powerful force shaping the kelp forest, superseding the influence of temperature, nutrients, and hungry animals, say University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers in the...

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