RESEARCH

PRAIRIE BIODIVERSITY

We study multiple facets of plant community diversity in the tallgrass prairie, including phylogenetic and functional diversity. We also study how management decisions impact restoration outcomes in restored prairies.

SEEDS AND SEED MIXES

I am interested in how traits of seeds influence their germination and establishment in a restoration context. I also study how seed mix design can be changed to better meet restoration goals, and how seed mix biodiversity translates to plant community diversity. I conduct this research in the laboratories of the Chicago Botanic Garden, and a large scale plot experiment (pictured) at the Morton Arboretum

DECISION MAKING FOR RESTORATION

As a Smith Fellows postdoc, I started a project on decision-making for restoration. This work integrates questions in social science and ecological science to understand how restoration mangers make decision and how these decisions influence restoration outcomes. For this project, I collaborate with Lars Brudvig, at Michigan State University, Kay Havens at Chicago Botanic Garden, and Zhao Ma at Purdue University. If you are a land manager that designs seed mixes for restoration and you'd like to be involved, please contact me

 

Contact

rbarak [at] chicagobotanic.org

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