Goals of the Wisconsin Plant Ecology Laboratory  (PEL)

  • To gather reliable field data on vegetative composition and archive these carefully for later use and interpretation. We strongly believe in the importance of monitoring ecological change.
  • To compare, evaluate, and improve methods for sampling plant communities and the tools for analyzing these data.
  • To characterize ecological change in quantitative detail.
  • To identify the key drivers of ecological change, particularly those that threaten the persistence of native plant diversity.
  • To understand how these drivers act, alone and in combination.
  • To use this understanding to better conserve and restore natural communities and to inform and improve forest & wildlife management.
  • To increase public interest in, and understanding of, ecological change.


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