I am broadly interested in the effects of plant invasions and factors that reinforce invasion on community structure and in turn ecosystem function.
My previous work as an undergraduate at Pomona College focused on arthropod biodiversity, nutrient sequestration, and factors controlling rates of litter decomposition in native sage scrub and non-native annual grassland in Southern California. Combining these foci, I hope to examine how invasions of different functional types alter the way in which ground-dwelling arthropods mediate nutrient cycling in coastal California grasslands through their interactions with dominant plant species and microbial assemblages.
Currently, I am working at the Richmond Field Station (part of Berkeley's Global Campus) on restoring sensitive coastal terrace prairie and salt marsh habitat using vegetation surveys and mapping, plant propagation, and other management practices. In time, I plan to address how these restoration efforts alter ecosystem processes, particularly nutrient cycling via litter decomposition, to inform management plans in similar habitats.
If you are interested in learning more about me or my research, please check out my blog and site at www.madisondipman.com.