Researcher effects on the biological structure and edaphic conditions of field sites and implications for management

dc.creatorRinehart, Shelby A.
dc.creatorDybiec, Jacob M.
dc.creatorRichardson, Parker
dc.creatorWalker, Janet B.
dc.creatorPeabody, James D. (TTU)
dc.creatorCherry, Julia A.
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-21T21:22:14Z
dc.date.available2024-02-21T21:22:14Z
dc.date.issued2024
dc.description© 2024 The Authors. Ecosphere published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of The Ecological Society of America. cc-by
dc.description.abstractField studies are necessary for understanding natural processes in spite of the human-induced disturbances they cause. While researchers acknowledge these effects, no studies have empirically tested the direct (e.g., harvesting plants) and indirect (i.e., trampling) effects of researcher activities on biological structure and edaphic conditions. We leveraged field studies in Alabama and California to monitor the recovery of tidal marshes following research activities. Researcher effects on animals, plants, and sediment conditions remained prevalent almost one year after the disturbance ended. For instance, trampled plots had 14%–97% lower plant cover than undisturbed plots after >10 months of recovery. Researcher effects also impacted plant composition, leading to increased subordinate species abundance. We encourage field researchers to adopt strategies that reduce their scientific footprints, including reducing field visits, limiting field team size, and considering ways to limit potential environmental impacts during study design.
dc.identifier.citationRinehart, S.A., Dybiec, J.M., Richardson, P., Walker, J.B., Peabody, J.D., & Cherry, J.A.. 2024. Researcher effects on the biological structure and edaphic conditions of field sites and implications for management. Ecosphere, 15(1). https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.4750
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.4750
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2346/97615
dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectdisturbance
dc.subjectecological memory
dc.subjectmanipulative studies
dc.subjectsustainable science
dc.subjecttidal marsh
dc.subjecttrampling
dc.subjectwetland management
dc.titleResearcher effects on the biological structure and edaphic conditions of field sites and implications for management
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