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Karner Blue Butterfly
Dr. Noel B. Pavlovic
Karner blue butterfly research:
Research on fire effects, canopy structure, and biodiversity of black oak savannas. I have a paper in press in Restoration Ecology concerning the habitat requirements of wild lupine (Lupinus perennis). I have collaborated with Ralph Grundel on several KKB research projects.
List of Signficant Findings:
The demographic response of wild lupine is dependent on interactions among habitat, competition, and litter cover. Both competition and oak leaf litter cause high mortality in shaded habitats. Partial shade is the optimal habitat for lupine establishment and survival. In full sun, shade from competition and leaf litter enhance establishment and survival.
Indiana, but some work in Wisconsin
US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division
(219) 926-8336 X428
Pavlovic, N. B., R. Grundel, and W. Sluis. 2006. Groundlayer vegetation gradients across oak woodland canopy gaps. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Club. 133(2): 225-239.
Last updated: January 3, 2013