IGN 22-6 - Novel plant communities in sea level rise-affected uplands

Friday, August 11, 2017
C123, Oregon Convention Center
Keryn Gedan, Biological Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, DC and Katherine Tully, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Sea level rise is pushing coastal ecosystems, such as tidal marshes, inland. Some attention has been given to the likely course of marsh migration corridors. But, what will the tidal marshes of the future actually look like? In some regions, marshes are colonizing human-dominated uplands - forest plantations, residential lands, and farmland. This talk will describe the novel plant communities taking shape in areas where marshes and rising tides are meeting abandoned farm fields and forests, and early investigations into the ecological processes that are affecting community assembly across the marsh-upland ecotone.