Site: Jornada Basin LTER

Connectivity modifying structures (ConMods) trap and retain wind-transported seeds and organic material, reducing connectivity and facilitating local recruitment.
Credit: Jornada LTER

Locations that are functionally connected in the landscape experience greater materials and energy transfer, which ultimately influences spatial and temporal vegetation dynamics in desert landscapes. In pilot studies, small connectivity modifying structures (ConMods) increased grasses and forbs relative to areas without ConMods.