Modeling Desert Shrubland Changes with an Invasive Grass Introduction and Climate Change: Research Brief

For desert shrubland species that have evolved without fire, the introduction of a grass-fire, positive feedback cycle is particularly problematic. This brief discusses work done by researchers who modeled the grass-fire cycle for non-fire-adapted desert shrublands under three sets of climate conditions.

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Yu, K., G.S. Okin, S. Ravi, and P. D’Odorico. 2016. Potential of grass invasions in desert shrublands to create novel ecosystem states under variable climate. Ecohydrology 9:1496-1506. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1742