Track: Organized Oral Session
Bryophytes represent nearly half a billion years of adaptation to life on land, and shape the ecology of terrestrial systems from the poles to equatorial regions. This incredibly diverse group of plants influences productivity, biogeochemistry, and functional ecology of ecosystems, but is often overlooked and understudied. Here we bring together some of the most recent and thought provoking research on bryophyte ecology. This session will highlight how bryophytes serve as “Vital Connections in Ecology” with research spanning taxonomic groups (mosses, liverworts), ecosystems (forests, arid grasslands), and a wide range of bryophyte-mediated interactions (above and below-ground, across trophic levels, and at various spatial scales).
Presenting Author: Matthew W. Chmielewski – Department of Biology and Center for Life in Extreme Environments, Portland State University
Presenting Author: Kirsten K. Coe – Biology, Middlebury College
Presenting Author: D Nicholas McLetchie – Department of Biology, University of Kentucky
Presenting Author: Colin Tucker – Northern Research Station, US Forest Service
Presenting Author: Bryan T. Piatkowski – Biology, Duke University
Presenting Author: Cristina Rengifo-Faiffer – School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University