Bryan L. Foster
Plant Community Ecology
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Phone: (785) 864-3346
Fax: (785) 864-1534
Areas of Interest and Research
Broadly, research in our lab explores how biotic interactions, resource availability, and species pools interact to govern the assembly, diversity, and functioning of plant communities. We are also interested in understanding the impacts of management and human-induced global changes on biodiversity and ecosystem function and applying this understanding to the conservation and restoration of native plant communities.
Foster Lab Website:
Alexander, H. M., B.L. Foster, F. Ballantyne IV, C. D. Collins, J. Antonovics, and R. D. Holt. 2012. Metapopulations and metacommunities: combining spatial and temporal perspectives in plant ecology. Journal of Ecology 100:88-103. (Invited by editor; 100th year anniversary issue).
Dickson, T. L. and B. L. Foster 2011. Fertilization decreases plant biodiversity even when light is not limiting. Ecology Letters 14:380-388.
Questad, E. J. and B. L. Foster. 2011. Evaluating patterns of biodiversity in managed grasslands with spatial turnover metrics. Biological Conservation 144:1050-1058
Foster B. L., E. J. Questad, C. D. Collins, C. A. Murphy, T. L. Dickson and V. H. Smith. 2011. Seed availability constrains plant species sorting along a soil fertility gradient. Journal of Ecology 99:473-481.
Foster B. L., I. S. Khavin I. S., C. A. Murphy, V. H. Smith, M. E. Ramspott, K. P. Price and K.
Kindscher. 2010. Integrated responses of grassland biodiversity and ecosystem properties to hay management: a field experiment. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 113:103-119.
Aschenbach, T., B. L. Foster and D. W. Imm. 2009. The initial phase of a longleaf pine-wiregrass savanna restoration: species establishment and community responses. Restoration Ecology 18:762-771.
Collins, C. D. and B. L. Foster. 2009. Community-level consequences of mycorrhizae depend on Phosphorus availability. Ecology 90:2567-2576.
Collins, C. D., B. L. Foster and R. D. Holt. 2009. Patch size effects on plant species decline in an experimentally fragmented landscape. Ecology 90:2577-2588.
Foster. B. L., K. Kindscher, G. R. Houseman and C.A. Murphy. 2009. Effects of hay management and native species sowing on grassland community structure, biomass and restoration. Ecological Applications 18:1884-1896.
Foster, B. L., and C. D. Collins. 2009. Colonization of successional grassland by Ulmus rubra Muhl. In relation to landscape position, habitat productivity, and proximity to seed source. The Torrey Botanical Society 136:392–402.
Collins, C. D., and B. L. Foster. 2008. The role of topography and soil characteristics in the relationship between species richness and primary productivity in a Kansas grassland. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 11:105-117.
Dickson, T. L., and B. L. Foster. 2008. The relative importance of the species pool, productivity and disturbance in regulating grassland plant species richness: a field experiment. Journal of Ecology 96: 937-946.
Questad, E. J. and B. L. Foster. 2008. Coexistence through spatio-temporal heterogeneity and species sorting in grassland plant communities. Ecology Letters 11:717–726.
Foster, B. L., C.A. Murphy, K. Keller, T. Aschenbach, E. J. Questad and K. Kindscher. 2007. Restoration of prairie community structure and ecosystem function in an abandoned hayfield: a sowing experiment. Restoration Ecology 15:652-661.
Questad, E. J. and B. L. Foster. 2007. Vole disturbances and plant diversity in a grassland metacommunity. Oecologia 153: 341-351.