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Plants in the Human-Altered Environment (PHAE): EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Project

Author(s): Jason Kilgore1, Karen Kuers2

1. Washington & Jefferson College 2. The University of the South

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Summary:
A project to compare effects of a continuum of landscape alteration intensities on plant diversity, biomass, and ecosystem services, and to explore human socioeconomic connections to plants in the environment.

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Version 1.0 - published on 07 Aug 2020 doi:10.25334/0KWA-HJ96 - cite this

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Woody plants provide an amazing variety of services to other organisms, including humans, many of which are overlooked in the human-altered environment. This project brings students face-to-face with the plants that share their neighborhoods or campuses. Students will use online resources to identify and classify their plot, and will then establish plots and measure the abundance, biomass, diversity, and ecosystem services provided by plants as a function of the intensity of landscape alteration. They will also relate these data to nation-wide datasets on plants within the human-altered environment. This project can be implemented across a range of environments, used by independent students or groups of students, and lasts from 2 to 4 laboratory sessions.

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