In my work with Dr. Ingrid Parker, Dr. Rebecca R. Hernandez, Dr. Kara A. Moore, Dr. Bruce M. Pavlik, and Sophia Haji, I used demographic matrix models to explore the effects of microsite and climatic variability on demographic processes, to ask whether rare, common, and exotic annual species respond differently to these factors, and ultimately assess how response indicates potential for long-term population persistence. We also tested for effects of shade on seed viability and germination rates, incorporating these data into models predicting how microhabitat conditions may drive shifts in population performance and community composition.
Papers published from this work include:
Tanner, KE, Moore‐O’Leary, KA., Parker, IM, Pavlik, BM, & Hernandez, RR. 2020. Simulated solar panels create altered microhabitats in desert landforms. Ecosphere, 11(4), e03089.
Hernandez, R.R.; Tanner, KE; Haji, S.; Parker, IM; Pavlik, B.M.; Moore-O’Leary, KA. 2020. Simulated Photovoltaic Solar Panels Alter the Seed Bank Survival of Two Desert Annual Plant Species. Plants, 9, 1125.
Tanner, KE, KA Moore-O’Leary, S Haji, IM Parker, BM Pavlik, RR Hernandez (in press). Microhabitats associated with solar energy development alter demography of two desert annuals.