Tag Archives: biological diversity

A Visual Illustration of Plant Diversity’s Importance

Last week, I took some photos that powerfully demonstrate the importance of plant diversity. Several years ago, we created some research plots to help us learn more about how plant diversity interacts with ecosystem function.  As you can see above, the … Continue reading

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Quantifying the Value of Plant Diversity

Why is plant diversity important?  I can come up with lots of reasons, including the value to pollinators, correlations between plant and insect diversity, and contributions to ecological resilience – among others.   But it’s much more difficult to quantify the specific functional differences between high-diversity and low-diversity … Continue reading

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A Guide to Patch-Burn Grazing for Biological Diversity

Patch-burn grazing is getting a lot of attention from a wide variety of audiences these days.  The management system has generated substantial enthusiasm among some people – particularly those interested in improving habitat for prairie wildlife species.  It has also generated … Continue reading

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Why Grassland Birds are Poor Indicators of Prairie Quality

I presented this argument to a Nebraska symposium on grassland birds in 2008 and managed to escape relatively unscathed.  Now I’m testing my luck with a wider audience.  At least no one can throw things at me through the computer… Let … Continue reading

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