Savannah L. Bartel

Savannah L. Bartel
Washington State University | WSU

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I study animal foraging behavior and trophic interactions in the context of global change. Currently, my primary research as a postdoc at WSU evaluates the cascading effects of apex predator (Tasmanian devil) declines on scavenger food webs and behavior. https://savannahlynnbartel.com/
Education
September 2017 - May 2022
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Field of study
  • Integrative Biology

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Publications (8)
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Seed dispersal directly affects plant establishment, gene flow and fitness. Understanding patterns in seed dispersal is, therefore, fundamental to understanding plant ecology and evolution, as well as addressing challenges of extinction and global change. Our ability to understand dispersal is limited because seeds may be dispersed by multiple agen...
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Antipredator behavior affects prey fitness, prey demography, and the strength of ecological interactions. Although predator-prey interactions increasingly occur in habitats that experience multiple forms of human-generated disturbance, it is unclear how different forms of disturbance might affect antipredator behavior. Fire is a contemporary distur...
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Significance The restoration of degraded ecosystems is a global priority, yet successful restoration is challenged by the lingering degrading impacts of human land-use activities, like agriculture. Using a large-scale experiment within the longleaf pine ecosystem, we evaluate how 45 abiotic and biotic ecological properties are affected by legacies...
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Abstract Post‐dispersal seed predation is an important determinant of plant recruitment. Although many plant species are dispersed following consumption by omnivorous vertebrates, the potential for these dispersal agents to indirectly affect seed fate by modifying seed predator behavior is poorly understood. We evaluated the hypothesis that the sca...
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Seed survival is a key process for plant populations; variation in the activity and abundance of animals that consume seeds can lead to dramatic shifts in seed fate. Because granivores may respond to contemporary disturbance as well as to enduring changes in habitats caused by past disturbances, understanding seed fate requires studies capable of e...
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Disturbances have long been recognized as important forces for structuring natural communities but their effects on trophic structure are not well understood, particularly in terrestrial systems. This is in part because quantifying trophic linkages is a challenge, especially for small organisms with cryptic feeding behaviors such as insects, and of...
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Ecological novelty, when conditions deviate from a historical baseline, is increasingly common as humans modify habitats and communities across the globe. Our ability to anticipate how novelty changes predator–prey interactions will likely hinge upon the explicit evaluation of multiple forms of novelty, rather than a focus on single forms of novelt...
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Biodiversity conservation requires understanding how disturbance influences biodiversity patterns at multiple spatial scales. Because the total diversity of species within a given region (γ diversity) is influenced by both local diversity (α diversity) and dissimilarity in community composition (β diversity), understanding disturbance effects on bo...

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