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SEMINAR: Restoration in a Changing Environment: The Ridgefield Multiple Ecosystem Service Experiment

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Today's date is Saturday, February 27, 2021
Restoration in a Changing Environment: The Ridgefield Multiple Ecosystem Service Experiment : This seminar is part of the Centre for Water Research seminar series. Other events...
Multiple environmental changes challenge traditional notions of ecological restoration. One option for the future may be to plant mixtures of native species to achieve desired ecosystem functions such as tightly cycling nutrients, carbon sequestration, resistance against weed invasion and prevention of soil erosion. However, it remains unknown how best to do this.

Are there trade-offs among functions? Do relationships depend on the traits of planted species? In this talk, Mike will present the theoretical and empirical foundations of the Ridgefield Experiment, which aims to shed light on these questions. He will present early results, and a broader meta-analysis of plant species effects on carbon storage led by his colleague Kris Hulvey. He will end by discussing implications for continued provision of ecosystem services into the future, and would be interested to discuss potential hydrological research questions that may be of interest to the Centre.


Mike is an ecosystem ecologist interested in how continued system function depends on community composition and environmental change. He joined Richard Hobbs' Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group at UWA in April 2010. Together with colleagues, he established the Ridgefield Multiple Ecosystem Services Experiment in August of that year.

Prior to his move west, he looked at modelled grassland response to environmental change in Tasmania, and for his PhD, back at Imperial College London in the UK, the response of phosphorus to increases in nitrogen supply in a coupled plant-soil analytical model. Throughout his work, he aims to build and test theory through experimentation, with the aim of improving management and restoration of ecosystems into the future.

PS* This seminar is free and open to the public & no RSVP required.

****All Welcome****
Speaker(s) Dr.Mike Perring, Research Associate School of Plant Biology,Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group
Location Blakers Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Mathematics Building, The University of Western Australia
Contact Askale Abebe <[email protected]> : 6488 7565
URL [email protected]
Start Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:00
End Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:00
Submitted by Askale Abebe <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:36
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