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Julie E. Larson
College of Science and Technology
TraitFunctional ecologyAbiotic componentEcologyBiology
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#1Julie E. Larson (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 3
#2Brian L. Anacker (CU: University of Colorado Boulder)
Last. Jennifer L. Funk (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 24
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#1Monica A. Nguyen (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 2
#2Julie E. Larson (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 3
Last. Jennifer L. Funk (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 24
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#1Jennifer L. Funk (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 24
#2Julie E. Larson (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 3
Last. Justin P. Wright (Duke University)H-Index: 28
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One of ecology's grand challenges is developing general rules to explain and predict highly complex systems. Understanding and predicting ecological processes from species' traits has been considered a ‘Holy Grail’ in ecology. Plant functional traits are increasingly being used to develop mechanistic models that can predict how ecological communities will respond to abiotic and biotic perturbations and how species will affect ecosystem function and services in a rapidly changing world; however, ...
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#1Julie E. Larson (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 3
#2Jennifer L. Funk (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 24
Summary Despite the disproportionate influence that propagule production, dispersal, seed-to-seedling recruitment and vegetative reproduction can have on plant population and community dynamics, progress has been slow in the directed collection of regeneration traits to inform community assembly outcomes. While seed mass is globally available and linked to growth and reproductive output, there are limits to its explanatory ability. In this essay, we call for expanded efforts to integrate a more ...
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#1Julie E. Larson (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 3
#2Jennifer L. Funk (College of Science and Technology)H-Index: 24
Summary Root trait variation and plasticity could be key factors differentiating plant performance under drought. However, water manipulation and root measurements are rarely coupled empirically across growth forms to identify whether belowground strategies are generalizable across species. We measured seedling root traits across three moisture levels in 18 Mediterranean forbs, grasses, and woody species. Drought increased the root mass fraction (RMF) and decreased the relative proportion of thi...
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