Article accepted at Journal of Ecology

The pre-print version of my latest paper with Dr. Jean Burns at CWRU, “Heterogeneity in plant-soil feedbacks and resident population dynamics affect mutual invasibility“, is now available online. In this paper, Jean and I used the field method described in our recent JoVE paper to ask whether heterogeneous environments are more invasible, as predicted by coexistence theory, and if this relationship depends on the population turnover of the resident species. In a nutshell, we found that invader establishment was higher in heterogeneous soils, but this response is stronger for some species and does depend on population turnover of the resident.

We will be following up on this work to understand how different soil characteristics, such as soil moisture and microbial communities, affect invasibility, as well as how these results scale up to long-term population growth rates.