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Topic Grassland ecosystems
Question Can grassland species live in other ecosystems or are they specific to particular sites? Why?
Expert Dr Nick Williams
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Dr Nick Williams is a plant ecologist at the University of Melbourne. Nick’s research investigates the ecology of urban areas in particular, grassland ecology and restoration, green infrastructure for climate change adaptation and weed invasions. Nick’s research has highlighted how surrounding landscapes influence the processes that occur in remnant habitats, such as edge effects and local extinctions, and, has developed ways to make urban areas more biodiversity friendly.

Many grassland flora species also occur in grassy woodlands, and there are very few grassland specialists. This is because the native grasslands in western Victoria are a relatively new landform and the plants that have colonized the recent basalt larva flows, which have eroded, have come from the surrounding upland landscapes.

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