Project Title: Indirect human impacts turn off reciprocal feedbacks and decrease ecosystem resilience

Date: 2015

Principal Investigator(s): Bertness, M.D., Brisson, C.P., & Crotty, S.M.

Summary: Creek bank salt marsh die-off is a conservation problem in New England, driven by predator depletion, which releases herbivores from consumer control. Many marshes, however, have begun to recover from die-off. We examined the hypothesis that the loss of the foundation species Spartina alterniflora has decreased facilitator populations, weakening reciprocal positive plant/animal feedbacks, resilience, and slowing recovery. Read full text…Oecologia, 178(1), 231-237.