I am happy to report that I recently published a paper exploring the enemy release hypothesis (ERH) in Hawaii mangroves. This study explores the ERH by focusing on enemy damage in leaves and provides additional evidence that invasive Hawaii mangroves may be experiencing an escape from enemy damage.
Davidson TM, Torchin ME Smith CM (2023) Introduced mangroves exhibit less leaf damage and greater performance than native mangroves. Biol Invasions 25, 3503–3515
In addition, I'm happy to report a new paper led by former Kneitel lab MS student Sean O'Brien was just published in Restoration Ecology. This was an exciting study investigating how vernal pool invertebrate abundance, diversity, and composition varied between natural vernal pools and restored vernal pools. For details see below:
O'Brien SM*, Helm BP, Davidson TM, Kneitel JM (2023) Invertebrate community composition differs between restored and natural vernal pools. Restor Ecol: e14080
Research update: I'm excited to be gearing up for the spring field season (and continue to work on papers!). I will collaborating with some new students and my former student Ethan Roberts to explore how burrows of the invasive isopod Sphaeroma may reduce environmental stressors for other invertebrates. Ethan's lab studies told a clear story, but these follow up field studies should also help use understand how burrows affect native biota in a natural field setting.