Parsons Environmental Science Seminar
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Parsons Laboratory, 48-413
The pulse-reserve model in plant ecology: history and current status
Prof. Susan Schwinning Biology Department Texas State University
In the early 1970s, Ken Bridges and Mark Westoby developed the pulse-reserve model for arid ecosystems, published by Imanuel Noy-Meir in 1973. Their model describes vegetation dynamics as a stochastic process in which pulses of primary productivity are triggered by rainfall inputs. In this lecture, I will talk about the model and how it has inspired research on plant competition, adaptation and ecosystem dynamics across temporal scales.