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Harvard Forest Research Project 2022

  • Title: Adaptation and Trophic Resiliency (aka The Goldenrod Project)
  • Principal investigator: Annise Dobson (annise.dobson@yale.edu)
  • Institution: Yale University
  • Primary contact: Annise Dobson (annise.dobson@yale.edu)
  • Team members: Matthew Baker; Ashley Echelberger; Oswald Schmitz; Nathalie Sommer; Geoffrey Trussell ; Clara Winguth
  • Abstract:

    This study will assess adaptation and trophic resiliency to climate change using old fields, grasshoppers and spiders. We will study eight populations of red-legged grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum) from locations experiencing different temperature variances. This will be done in their home fields (e.g. Harvard forest) as well as a southern (CT) and northern (VT) common garden. We will assess whether these populations respond differently to predators, including their physiology and impacts on plants and ecosystem function (e.g. soil carbon sequestration).