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Past NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow

Lauren Smith-Ramesh

Lauren Smith-Ramesh photo. Dates: October 2016 - February 2019

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Project Title: Invasive plants in a food-web context: Indirect effects on native communities and ecosystems

Lauren Smith-Ramesh (Biology, Indiana Univ., 2014) is investigating invasive plants in a food-web context and the direct and indirect effects to native communities and ecosystems. After completing her fellowship, Smith-Ramesh became a Visiting Scholar at NIMBioS.

NIMBioS Profile: Q&A with Dr. Smith-Ramesh

NIMBioS Seminar: Placing species invasions in a food web context: A new twist on old invasion hypotheses
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Video Interview: Food webs and species invasions

Feature Article: Climate change may favor large plant eaters over small competitors

Publications while at NIMBioS

  • Smith-Ramesh LM. 2018. Predators in the plant-soil feedback loop: Aboveground plant-associated predators may alter the outcome of plant-soil interactions. Ecology Letters.
  • Smith-Ramesh LM, Rosenblatt AE, Schmitz OJ. 2018. Multivariate climate change can favor large herbivore body size in food webs. American Naturalist. [Online]
  • Smith-Ramesh LM. In press. A new resource on the mathematics of invasion: A review of Invasion Dynamics, by Cang Hui and David M. Richardson Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2017, x + 322 pp, ISBN 978-0-19-874534-1. Biological Invasions. Invited by editor-in-chief.
  • Delavaux CS, Smith-Ramesh LM, Kuebbing SE. 2017. Beyond nutrients: a meta-analysis of the diverse effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on plants and soils. Ecology, 8(98): 2111. [Online]
  • Smith-Ramesh LM. In press. Book Review: Leslie Anthony, The aliens among us: How invasive species are transforming the planet – and ourselves. Biological Invasions.
  • Smith-Ramesh LM. 2017. Invasive plant alters community and ecosystem dynamics by promoting native predators. Ecology. doi:10.1002/ecy.168. [Online]
  • Smith-Ramesh LM, Reynolds HL. 2017. The next frontier of plant-soil feedback research: unraveling context dependence across biotic and abiotic gradients. Journal of Vegetation Science. [Online]

Presentations while at NIMBioS

  • Smith-Ramesh LM. 2017. Native predators and invasive plants interact to alter the role of plant-soil feedback as an invasion driver. Invited for Organized Oral Session at Ecological Society of America 102nd Annual Meeting: Plant-Soil Interactions in a Changing World: Exploring the interface between global change drivers and plant-soil feedbacks.
  • Smith-Ramesh LM. April 2017. Food web properties and the causes and consequences of species invasions. American Mathematical Society Central Sectional Meeting, Bloomington, Indiana.

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