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dc.contributor.authorGornish, Elise S.
dc.contributor.authorGanjurjav, Hasbagan
dc.contributor.authorLiang, Maowei
dc.contributor.authorSimonis, Juniper L.
dc.contributor.authorMcClaran, Mitchel P.
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-18T21:09:32Z
dc.date.available2021-02-18T21:09:32Z
dc.date.issued2021-02
dc.identifier.citationGornish, E. S., Ganjurjav, H., Liang, M., Simonis, J. L., & McClaran, M. P. Identifying restoration opportunities beneath native mesquite canopies. Restoration Ecology, e13334.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1061-2971
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/rec.13334
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/656779
dc.description.abstractEffective restoration strategies are needed to address habitat degradation that accompanies worldwide environmental change. One method used to enhance restoration outcomes is the leveraging of beneficial relationships (facilitation) among plants. In the southwestern United States, native mesquite trees (Prosopis spp.) are commonly planted to stabilize soil, but the value of using mesquite canopies for enhancing restoration success is unknown. We explored this possibility in an attempt to understand how common species, that both are and are not typically used for restoration, might differentially respond to mesquite canopies. We used a Bayesian multivariate generalized mixed model structure to analyze a dataset describing natural vegetation density in the Santa Rita Experimental Range, Arizona, United States. We found that more dominant species were not more likely to be distributed under mesquite. We also found that, while all of the focal species were more likely to be under mesquite with increased mesquite cover, they varied in the strength of their responses and the degree of saturation. Finally, we found that the aggressive invasive grass Eragrostis lehmanniana was found at lower incidences with increasing mesquite canopy cover, compared to the total species average as well as several of the natives investigated in this study. This work highlights the importance of being conscious of canopy size and continuity when considering understory species for restoration. This work also suggests that mesquite canopies can be used to provide a “safe site” for restoration species because competitive pressure from invasives is slightly reduced. © 2020 Society for Ecological Restorationen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherWileyen_US
dc.rights© 2020 Society for Ecological Restoration.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en_US
dc.subjectfacilitationen_US
dc.subjectislands of fertilityen_US
dc.subjectLehmann lovegrassen_US
dc.subjectmanagementen_US
dc.subjectnative Prosopisen_US
dc.subjectrestorationen_US
dc.subjectrevegetationen_US
dc.titleIdentifying restoration opportunities beneath native mesquite canopiesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1526-100X
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizonaen_US
dc.identifier.journalRestoration Ecologyen_US
dc.description.note12 month embargo; first published: 05 December 2020en_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item from the UA Faculty Publications collection is made available by the University of Arizona with support from the University of Arizona Libraries. If you have questions, please contact us at repository@u.library.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal accepted manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.pii10.1111/rec.13334
dc.source.journaltitleRestoration Ecology


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