The Herbaceous Diversity Network


 HerbDivNet is a global network of scientists united to study patterns of diversity in herbaceous plant communities, and the factors that cause those patterns.

 We use coordinated distributed experiments, which are standardized research protocols, to address questions in plant ecology.

 Our first experiment tests the humped-back model, the unimodal relationship between plant productivity, measured as plant above-ground biomass and litter, and species richness. The sampling design includes a wide range of plant productivities, plant community types, and a scaling component (from 1-8 m^2).

 So far, HerbDivNet includes more than 66 participants from 6 continents and 19 countries. We are expanding our scope and invite others to join our network.

For further information contact:

Dr. Lauch Fraser lfraser@tru.ca.