Loralee Larios

Graduate Student



2009-present    PhD Candidate, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

2007-2009     University of California at Irvine, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, PhD program (transferred to UC Berkeley before completion)

2005    B.S.   California State University, Fullerton, Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences emphasis in Biodiversity, Ecology, & Conservation

Research Description

I am interested in understanding the interactions between native and exotic species and how these dynamics may affect ecosystem functioning and inform successful restoration practices. My dissertation research in California grasslands has explored several processes governing the invasion of exotics, the invasion resistance of native grasslands and the coexistence between native and exotic species including competition for multiple resources, plant-soil feedbacks and disturbances.

Selected Publications

Larios, L., R.J. Aicher, and K.N. Suding. accepted. Effect of propagule pressure on recovery of a California grassland after an extreme disturbance. Journal of Vegetation Science.

Cleland, E., L. Larios, and K.N. Suding. Strengthening invasion filters to re-assemble native plant communities: soil resources and plant phenology. Restoration Ecology. doi:10.1111/j.1526-100X.2012.00896.x

Aicher, R.J., L. Larios, and K.N. Suding. 2011. Seed supply, recruitment and assembly: quantifying relative seed and establishment limitation in a plant community context. The American Naturalist 178:464-477

Larios, L. and P. Stapp. 2006. Effects of invasive thistle on grassland arthropod communities. CSUF Dimensions 8: 37-44


Honors and Awards

2010 ESA Strategies for Ecology Education, Development, & Sustainability (SEEDS) alumni annual meeting travel award

2008-2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Recent Teaching

ES 10: Introduction to Environmental Sciences, course instructors: Matthew Potts, Allen Goldstein

ESPM 173: Introduction to Analysis of Ecological Data, course instructor: Erica Spotswood



Hiking, Rock climbing, Baking, Football

Contact Information

Email: llarios@berkeley.edu

Office: 147 Hilgard Hall

Office Phone: 512-642-1334


Research Group(s)

Mailing Address

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