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2022 Evan Glen Hockridge

The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Tropical Botany

Islands in the forest: spatiotemporal patterns of ecosystem structure, composition, and function in Central African forest clearings. 

This project is focused on measuring the role of disturbance and abiotic resource gradients in determining the three dimensional structure, biodiversity, and ecosystem function provisions of vegetative communities in and around Central African forest clearings called bais.

Evan Hockridge is a PhD candidate in Davies Lab in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Evan's PhD research in the Congo Basin seeks to understand forest structure and biodiversity influences of unique nutrient rich forest clearings called bais. These clearings concentrate activity of large animal species and provide habitat to flora that could not survive in the rest of the forest landscape. Evan is using remote sensing, soil nutrient analyses, camera traps, and other traditional field method tools to understand what factors contribute to the creation, maintenance, and vegetative diversity within and between bais.

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