Lawrence Fernandez

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Undergraduate Researcher

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Research Description

Strawberry Creek Restoration Program is a joint campus project with the purpose of promoting native biodiversity, habitat value, ecosystem function and community use in the designated Natural Areas on UC Berkeley Campus. As invasive species removal phase of the restoration program wraps up, the next step in management is to determine what plants are appropriate for use in revegetation efforts along Strawberry Creek. While current research is underway that focuses on limiting similarity theory and reinvasion prevention, planting designs also need to address building a self propagating population of desired species. Using trait filtering, functional similarity, and seed ecology, this proposal seeks to determine what effect duff layers have on species establishment and regeneration at various life stages of selected species. Through adult plant, seedling, and germination studies in which duff layers are manipulated, I seek to provide a planting design that will maximize establishment and regeneration of out plantings to maximize native species cover in order to prevent reinvasion, promote ecosystem services, and provide wildlife habitat.

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Dept of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
UC Berkeley
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720