Sam M. Tessel's research while affiliated with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other places

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This chapter examines species richness patterns in the herbaceous layer vegetation of forests and woodlands of southeastern North America. It demonstrates the changing importance of various drivers of species richness across environmental and geographic gradients and across vegetation types, and shows how the relative importance of those drivers va...


... Therefore, it is not surprising that richness would increase over the year following the fire event, especially as pulses of seeds from the species pool could be increasing dispersal following fire disturbances (Harms et al., 2017;L. K. Kirkman et al., 2016;Peet et al., 2014). Alternatively, in sites with longer time since fire, such as 4 or 10 years, we would expect richness to decrease as woody shrubs begin to dominate, and this trend has been documented in other studies (Beckage et al., 2009;Palmquist et al., 2014;Peet et al., 2018). ...