The Damschen Lab is interested in determining when environmental and spatial processes interact to determine community composition, how are humans changing these interactions, and what these changes mean for global biodiversity. Research lies at the intersection of providing empirical tests of ecological theory and providing scientific information to conservation managers. Current projects include:
How corridors and edge effects affect plant populations and communities
How wind dynamics and seed dispersal are affected by habitat heterogeneity
If species traits can predict responses to landscape fragmentation
How climate change affects edaphic endemic plants
What controls edaphic endemic plant diversity
How local and landscape factors affect community restoration
How connectivity varies across ecosystems
Our study sites include southeastern longleaf pine woodlands (Savannah River Site, SC, Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Stewart, GA); the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains in southwestern Oregon; and rocky outcrop communities across the midwest.
Damschen, E.I., S. Harrison, and J.B. Grace. In Press. Climate Change Effects on an Endemic-Rich Edaphic Flora. Ecology.
Grace, J.B., S. Harrison, E.I. Damschen. In Press. Plant species richness on environmental gradients: What have we learned since the days of R.H. Whittaker? Ecology.
Brudvig., L.A., and E.I. Damschen. In Press. Land-use history, historical connectivity, and land management interact to determine longleaf pine woodland understory richness and composition. Ecography.
Weins, J.J., D.D. Ackerly, A.P. Allen, B.L. Anacker, L.B. Buckley, H.V. Cornell, E.I. Damschen, T.J. Davies, J.A. Gyrtnes, S.P. Harrison, B.A. Hawkins, R.D. Holt, C.M. McCain, and P.R. Stephens. (alphabetical authorship after first author). In Press. Niche conservatism as an emerging principle in ecology and conservation biology. Ecology Letters.
Damschen, E.I., S. Harrision, B.L. Anacker, and B.M. Going. In Press. Climate change and special soil communities. In Press. In: S. Harrison and N. Rajakaruna, in Serpentine: A Model for Evolution and Ecology, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.
Buckley, L.B*., T.J. Davies*, D.D. Ackerly, N.J.B. Kraft, S.P. Harrison, B.L. Anacker, H.V. Cornell, E.I. Damschen, J.A. Grytnes, B.A. Hawkins, C.M. McCain, P.R. Stephens, and J.J. Wiens. In Press. Phylogeny, niche conservatism, and the latitudinal diversity gradient in mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society-Biology. (*= denotes equal contribution).
Haddad, N.M., B. Hudgens, E.I. Damschen*, D.J. Levey*, J.L. Orrock*, J.J. Tewksbury*, and A.J. Weldon* (*=alphabetical authorship after first two authors). In Press. Assessing positive and negative ecological effects of corridors. In J. Liu, V. Hull, A. Morzillo, and J. Wiens, Sources, sinks, and sustainability across landscapes. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
Brudvig, L.A., E.I. Damschen, J.J. Tewksbury, N.M. Haddad, and D.J. Levey. 2009. Landscape connectivity promotes plant biodiversity spillover into non-target habitats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: 9328-9332.
Harrison, S., E. Damschen, B.M. Going. 2009. Climate Gradients, Climate Change, and Special Edaphic Floras. Northeastern Naturalist 16 (Special Issue 5): 121-130.
Damschen, E.I., L.A. Brudvig*, N.M. Haddad*, D.L. Levey*, J.L. Orrock*, and J.J. Tewksbury* (*=alphabetical authorship after first author). 2008. The movement ecology and dynamics of plant communities in fragmented landscapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105(49):19078-19083.
Damschen, E.I. 2007. Book Review: Hierarchical modeling for the environmental sciences: statistical methods
and applications. Quarterly Review of Biology 82(3):299.
Orrock, J.L., E.I. Damschen. 2007. The effect of burial depth on seed removal of Phytolacca americana. Southeastern Naturalist. 6(1):151-158.
Wyer, M., D. Murphy-Medley, E.I. Damschen, K. M. Rosenfeld, and T. Wentworth. 2007. No quick fixes: Adding content about women to ecology course materials. Psychology of Women Quarterly.
Damschen, E.I., N.M. Haddad, J.L. Orrock, J.J. Tewksbury, and D.J. Levey. 2006. Corridors increase plant species richness at large scales. Science.
Orrock, J.L., D.J. Levey, B.J. Danielson, and E.I. Damschen. 2006. Seed predation, not seed dispersal, explains the landscape-level abundance of an early-successional plant. Journal of Ecology 94:838-845.
Damschen, E.I., K.M. Rosenfeld, M. Wyer, D. Murphy-Medley, T.R. Wentworth, and N.M. Haddad. 2006. Women in Ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4(1):9-10.
Damschen, E.I., K.M. Rosenfeld, M. Wyer, D. Murphy-Medley, T.R. Wentworth, and N.M. Haddad. 2005. Visibility matters: Student knowledge of women's contributions to ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 3(4): 212-219.
Orrock, J.L, and E.I. Damschen. 2005. Fungi-mediated mortality of seeds of two oldfield plant species. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 132:613-617.
Orrock, J.L, and E.I. Damschen. 2005. Corridors cause differential seed predation. Ecological Applications 15(3): 793-798.
Louda, S.M., A.M. Parkhurst, K.L. Bradley, E. Bakker, A. Joern, J. Knops, E.I. Damschen, and L.M. Young. 2004. Spatial heterogeneity, not visitation bias, dominates variation in herbivory: Reply. Ecology 85(10): 2906-2910.
Bradley, K.L., E. I. Damschen, L. M. Young, D. Kuefler, S. Went, G. Wray, N. M. Haddad, J. M. H. Knops, S. M. Louda. 2003. Spatial heterogeneity, not visitation bias, dominates variation in herbivory. Ecology 84(8): 2214-2221.
Tewksbury, J.J., D. J. Levey, N. M. Haddad, S. Sargent, J. L. Orrock, A. Weldon, B. J. Danielson, J. Brinkerhoff, E.I. Damschen , and P. Townsend. 2002. Corridors affect plants, animals, and their interactions in fragmented landscapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 99(20): 12923-12926. Awarded the 2002 Outstanding Paper in Landscape Ecology, International Association of Landscape Ecology.