Research on wildlife-plant interactions, and effects of disturbance, management, land-use and climate change on biodiversity

Contact: Charles Kwit, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, 274 Ellington Plant Sciences Building, Knoxville, TN 37996

Bioenergy Sustainability

USDA-funded work is currently underway addressing gene flow and invasiveness of bioenergy feedstocks, and effects of landscape and land-use change on grassland bird diversity and demography. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum; pictured above) is the focus of these efforts.

Oak Savanna Restoration

Joint Fire Science Program-funded work is currently underway addressing effects of different management practices on oak savanna restoration in the Midsouth.

Endangered Plants and Climate Change in Tennessee

Work is progressing on calculation and assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability Indices (CCVIs) for Tennessee’s federally-listed threatened and endangered plant species (Appalachian avens, Geum radiatum, pictured). Whether global ranks of such species are correlated with CCVIs is of interest to conservation organizations.