Barrier islands’ harsh conditions, including nutrient and freshwater limitations and extremes of light and temperature, along with frequent large-scale disturbances, such as hurricanes, limit the number of plants species able to survive. As a result, successional trajectories can be convoluted. For instance, do lianas, climbing plants that simultaneously compete with existing flora while also opening up the canopy to other species, accelerate or delay the shift from woody communities to the historical climax community, maritime forest? New research suggests that both lianas’ and shrubs’ expansion is self-reinforcing and together, could increasingly delay or prevent forest succession in temperate coastal sires.
Poster Sessions at the 2018 All Scientists Meeting
Bruce Hayden: a remarkable scientist, leader, and educator
Into the Woods and Back Again: Former Harvard Forest REU Student Fiona Jevon Returns to Mentor New Undergrads
LTER Network News: 2018 August
Announcing the LTER ASM 2018 T-Shirt Design Competition!