Meghan Avolio, former EEB graduate student was interested in understanding if genetic diversity of dominant species is affected by environmental conditions. Specifically, she assessed whether the genotypic diversity of Andropogon gerardii was impacted by simulated climate change and how the genetic diversity of dominant species is affected by environmental conditions. Ultimately, she hoped to understand differences between genotypes of A. gerardii in their ability to respond to climate change, and what effects, if any, this has on larger community and ecosystem processes.
Publication: Avolio, M, Chang, C, and Smith MD. 2011. Assessing the fine-scale genotypic structure of Andropogon gerardii in the tallgrass prairie. American Midland Naturalist 165: 211-224.