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Stephen Brewer


Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi

Office: 412 Shoemaker
Phone: (662) 915-1077


B.A., Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, 1986.
M.S., Louisiana State University, 1989
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1994


Fire Ecology, Biodiversity, Historical/Restoration Ecology, Carnivorous Plants, Invasive Species

My research focuses on the effects of disturbances and resources on the structure and dynamics of plant populations and communities. I use responses of plants to “measure” the impacts of disturbances and resources and their relevance to the conservation and restoration of threatened or degraded plant communities in the southeastern coastal plain of the United States. Of particular interest to me is the ecological role of fire. Some of my current research includes:

1) the effects of fire and competition on the maintenance of plant species diversity

2) the community-level consequences of morphological plasticity in common and endangered plants

3) the effect of fire suppression in the 20th century and ecological restoration on the structure of coastal plain forest and savanna communities,

4) invasive species