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Alyssa Young is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Alyssa does research in Ecology. Their most recent publication is 'Understory dynamics in North Carolina longleaf pine savannas: Biodiversity, dominance, and biomass'.
Dominance often indicates one or a few species being best suited for resource capture and retention in a given environment. Press perturbations that change availability of limiting resources can restructure competitive hierarchies, allowing new species to capture or retain resources and leaving once dominant species fated to decline. However, domin...
Questions Restoration of ecosystems is complex, with multiple targets that can work in concert or conflict with each other, such as biodiversity, species dominance and biomass. When properly managed, longleaf pine (LLP) savannas are among the most biologically diverse habitats in the world. However, anthropogenic influences, such as fire suppressio...
The longleaf pine (LLP) savanna ecosystem once covered ~ 92 million acres of the Southeast USA, but due to anthropogenic activities such as logging and fire suppression, only 3% of its once widespread historic range remains. While many restoration efforts are underway to conserve this biodiverse ecosystem, restoration must be done in the context of...