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Robert T. Strahan
New Mexico Highlands University
EcosystemEcologySpecific leaf areaSpecies richnessBiology
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#1Daniel C. Laughlin (University of Waikato)H-Index: 31
#2Robert T. Strahan (New Mexico Highlands University)H-Index: 4
Last. Andrew J. Sánchez Meador (NAU: Northern Arizona University)H-Index: 12
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Historical reference conditions have provided empirical benchmarks for guiding ecological restoration but the relevance of historical conditions has been questioned in this era of rapid global change. Trait-based ecology offers an alternative approach for setting restoration objectives. If we understand which phenotypic traits confer high survival in a given environment, then we can restore assemblages of species with favorable trait combinations to reduce mortality risk, achieve functional outc...
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#1Daniel C. Laughlin (UW: University of Wyoming)H-Index: 31
#2Robert T. Strahan (New Mexico Highlands University)H-Index: 4
Last. W. Wallace Covington (NAU: Northern Arizona University)H-Index: 46
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1. Predicting restoration outcomes requires an understanding of the natural variability of ecosystem properties. A hierarchy of predictability has been proposed that ranks measures of restoration success from most-to-least predictable in the following order: vegetation structure > taxonomic diversity > functional diversity > taxonomic composition. This hierarchy has not been tested empirically, and the location within the hierarchy of trait-based measures, such as community-level trait means and...
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#1Daniel C. LaughlinH-Index: 31
#2Robert T. StrahanH-Index: 4
Last. Margaret M. MooreH-Index: 30
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#1Robert T. Strahan (New Mexico Highlands University)H-Index: 4
#2Andrew J. Sánchez Meador (NAU: Northern Arizona University)H-Index: 12
Last. Daniel C. Laughlin (University of Waikato)H-Index: 31
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#1Robert T. StrahanH-Index: 4
Last. Daniel C. LaughlinH-Index: 31
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Historical reference conditions have long been used to guide the restoration of degraded ecosystems. However, a rapidly changing climate and altered disturbance regimes are calling into question the usefulness of this approach. As a consequence, restoration goals are increasingly focused on creating communities that are resilient to novel environmental stressors and emphasis is being placed on defining functional targets through the use of plant traits. While changes in forest structure and comp...
#1Robert T. StrahanH-Index: 4
#2Daniel C. Laughlin (University of Waikato)H-Index: 31
Last. Margaret M. Moore (NAU: Northern Arizona University)H-Index: 30
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Making accurate predictions of plant community responses to grazing management is a major objective of rangeland ecology. Metrics such as species composition are site specific, whereas others such as functional groups and functional traits can be generalized across different rangeland types. We analyzed long-term (1912–1941) shifts in the understory community at five sites in a ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa P. & C. Lawson var. scopulorum Engelm.) forest when protected from heavy livestock graz...
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