January 25 2011

12:00 BSRB 154

Ecolunch: Tom Huggins
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Drought and Decline: Ecology of the Endangered Lane Mountain Milkvetch in the Central Mojave Desert


The Lane Mountain milkvetch, Astragalus jaegerianus Munz, is a federally endangered species that exists in small fragmented populations restricted to granite outcrops in the central Mojave Desert. A weak-stemmed perennial, A. jaegerianus grows within the canopy of common desert shrubs that provide structural support, and possibly protection from herbivores, as well as a modified microclimate conducive to growth and recruitment. I’ll be talking about various aspects of A. jaegerianus ecology, including its phenology, reproduction, seed bank, and its recent drought-associated declines. I’ll also discuss its relationship with its host shrubs, and the results of an experimental reintroduction of the A. jaegerianus conducted in 2010.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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