OOS 37 - Re-Establishing Consumer Communities and Consumer-Driven Function in Restored Ecosystems

Thursday, August 10, 2017: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
D136, Oregon Convention Center
Nicholas A. Barber, Northern Illinois University
Holly P. Jones, Northern Illinois University
Nicholas A. Barber, Northern Illinois University
Ecosystem restoration has emerged as an integral part of global conservation strategies. The re-establishment of healthy ecosystems complements the protection of existing natural areas, but meeting goals of sustained biological diversity and ecosystem function in restorations is a major challenge. Historically, restoration projects and goals have focused on re-establishing plant communities under the assumption that most other organisms, particularly consumers, would recolonize sites passively. Other than cases where high-profile species of conservation concern are released, little is known about how consumers re-establish following vegetation restoration. This knowledge gap is also important because consumers contribute to and influence a wide range of critical ecosystem functions and services such as primary production, nutrient cycling, pest control, and pollination. Examining these processes from a community perspective, and understanding the contributions of consumers to restored ecosystem function is necessary for comprehensive evaluations of restoration success. This Organized Oral Session brings together ecologists studying a variety of consumer communities in different restored ecosystems, and includes projects that go beyond traditional community metrics, such as including phylogenetic or functional perspectives. Speakers will address both the process of community re-assembly and the interactions among species that colonize and establish populations in these systems. By relating these communities to the ecosystem functions that they influence, we hope that common themes will emerge linking restoration management, community assembly, and functions driven by the traits of those communities.
8:20 AM
 Small mammal response to prescribed fire and recent bison introduction in a restored grassland prairie
Holly P. Jones, Northern Illinois University; Nicholas A. Barber, Northern Illinois University; Angela M Burke, The Nature Conservancy; Kirstie Savage, Northern Illinois University; Nick Steijn, Northern Illinois University
8:40 AM
 Direct and indirect effects of restoration management on wild bee communities of a tallgrass prairie
Sean R. Griffin, North Carolina State University; Bethanne Bruninga-Socolar, Rutgers University; Jason Gibbs, University of Manitoba
9:00 AM
 Shifts in arthropod trophic structure following plant invasion: Lessons from restored grasslands
Adam B. Mitchell, University of Delaware; Andrea R. Litt, Montana State University; Douglas Tallamy, University of Delware
9:20 AM
 Past land-use generates present-day changes in consumer populations and consumer pressure on plant communities
John L. Orrock, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Lars A. Brudvig, Michigan State University
9:40 AM
9:50 AM
 Do pollinator restoration benefits extend to rare bee species?
Daniel P. Cariveau, University of Minnesota; Michael E. Roswell, Rutgers University; Tina Harrison, Rutgers University; Rachael Winfree, Rutgers University
10:10 AM
 The role of functional traits in bee community assembly of a restored tallgrass prairie
Bethanne Bruninga-Socolar, Rutgers University; Sean R. Griffin, North Carolina State University; Jason Gibbs, University of Manitoba
10:30 AM
 Agricultural legacies affect insect communities and herbivory decades after abandonment and implementation of restoration
Philip G. Hahn, University of Montana; John Orrock, University of Wisconsin-Madison
10:50 AM
 Plant-consumer interactions and habitat edge effects reduce native biodiversity in recently restored prairies
Nash E. Turley, Michigan State University; Lars A. Brudvig, Michigan State University
11:10 AM
 Effects of rat eradication on consumer communities and foodweb networks on islands
Hillary Young, University of California Santa Barbara