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Michael J. Schuster
Ph. D. Candidate

Dukes Lab
Purdue University
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

My research focuses on the impacts of invasive plant species on ecosystem processes and how these impacts might be influenced by global change. Parts of this include looking at litter decomposition, ecosystem stoichiometry, herbivory, competition,  and biodiversity within the context of  increasing climate variability (especially the frequency of drought and heavy rainfall) and anthropogenic nitrogen deposition.