Ecological consequences of rat eradication on the Palmyra Atoll (Central Pacific)
For this project, we are able to draw on extensive and detailed baseline data on the structure, composition, and diversity of the native vegetation and the islets dominated by the invasive coconut palm, as well as information about the food chain length and dynamics and soil, foliage, and runoff nutrients on the Palmyra Atoll in the Central Pacific. We are now comparing such variables following a successful rat eradication program.
Collaborator: Hillary Young, Stanford and University of California Santa Barbara
Funding: National Geographic Society