18 December 2014 – Courtney Gerstenmaier defends her MS thesis

Way to go, Courtney!  Her field survey and experiments demonstrated that polycultures of an invasive red seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla can have higher growth rates than monocultures do.  Genetic diversity benefits ecosystem functioning and services within most species, but in this invasive, genetic diversity may facilitates invasion success.

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