Laura Ladwig

PhD Candidate
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M.S., Biology, Eastern Illinois University, 2009
B.A., Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
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Laura is interested in the influence of human mediated disturbances on plant community dynamics and ecosystem processes. The main community drivers she investigates include nitrogen deposition, fire, and altered precipitation regimes and her dissertation research is focused in semiarid grass and shrublands of the Sevilleta NWR in central New Mexico. Laura is also interested in how plant-microbe interactions change with regards to altered disturbance regimes.

Professional Experience: 
Research Technician, University of North Carolina - Institute of Marine Sciences
Laboratory Technician, College of William & Mary - Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences
Ladwig, L.M., S.J. Meiners, N.L. Pisula & K.A. Lang. 2012. Conditional allelopathic potential of temperate lianas. Plant Ecology. 213:1927-1935.
Meiners, S.J., C. Kong, L.M. Ladwig, N.L. Pisula & K.A. Lang. 2012. Developing an ecological context for allelopathy. Plant Ecology. 213:1861-1867.
Ladwig, L.M., S.L. Collins, A.L. Swann, Y. Xia, M.F. Allen & E.B. Allen. 2012. Above- and belowground responses to nitrogen addition in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland. Oecologia. 169:177-185.
O'Connor, M.I., C.R. Violin, A. Anton, L.M. Ladwig & M.F. Piehler. 2011. Salt marsh stabilization affects primary producers at the marsh edge. Wetland Ecology and Management. 19:131-140.
Ladwig, L.M. & S.J. Meiners. 2010. Spatio-temporal dynamics of lianas during 50 years of succession to temperate forest. Ecology. 91:671-680.
Ladwig, L.M. & S.J. Meiners. 2010. Liana host preference and implications for deciduous forest regeneration. The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. 137:103-112.
Moran, E., P.L. Reynolds, L.M. Ladwig, M.I. O'Connor, Z.T. Long & J.F. Bruno. 2010. Predation intensity is negatively related to plant species richness in a benthic marine community. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 400:277-282.
Ladwig, L.M. & S.J. Meiners. 2009. Impacts of temperate lianas on tree growth in young deciduous forests. Forest Ecology and Management. 259:195-200.
O'Connor, N.E. J.H. Grabouwski, L.M. Ladwig & J.F. Bruno. 2008. Simulated predator extinctions: Predator identity affects the survival and settlement of oysters. Ecology. 89:428-438.