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Josephine Charlotte Lesage
  • Title
    • Graduate Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Nat Sci 2 Main Building, Room 469
  • Office Hours See "websites" section.
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Research Interests

California's unique geology and climate have led to high levels of endemism and unqiue grassland communities, which have been threatened by a history of invasion by foreign plant species and changes in disturbance and management regimes. I am interested the factors that control grassland diversity, native annual forbs (wildflowers) and their seed banks, the potential impacts of climate change on these communities through changes in precipitation patterns and variability; and the importance of disturbances, such as grazing and fire, in maintaining these habitats.