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Advanced exploration of the ecological consequences of trophic downgrading in grass prairies

Category: Higher Ed Coursework
Contributor: Dennis Ruez
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Posted on: April 26, 2017

Project Description

North American ecosystems have fundamentally changed over the late Pleistocene and Holocene; from a system dominated by mammoths, to bison, to domestic livestock. Given the very different body size and herd formation of these 'ecosystem engineers', it is likely that animals influence soil structure, water tables, vegetation and other animals in the ecosystems. What has been the ecological influence of the continued 'downsizing' of the largest animals in the ecosystem?

Project Link

http://serc.carleton.edu/neotoma/activities/135896.html