Introduced European and Asian earthworms continue to spread through forests in eastern North America. Among their most noticeable effects is the destruction of leaf litter layers and associated food webs, changes in decomposition processes, and facilitation of introduced plant species. These earthworms also interact with native whitetailed deer in surprising and poorly understood ways while shaping herbaceous and woody understory communities. This talk will examine some of the subtle and not so subtle ways that introduced earthworms are reshaping our forests.

Speaker: Berd Blossey

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Introduced European and Asian earthworms continue to spread through forests in eastern North America. Among their most noticeable effects is the destruction of leaf litter layers and associated food webs, changes in decomposition processes, and facilitation of introduced plant species. This talk will examine some of the subtle and not so subtle ways that introduced earthworms are reshaping our forests.