Experimental Exclosures

We established 12 experimental exclosures at our Gouli, Dulan site which we  monitored over 5 years. These  helped provide a baseline of ungrazed conditions, and provided inference about how competition among plant species interacts with herbivory. This work is forthcoming in PlosOne.       

Pastorialists assist in constructing livestock exclosures on their winter pastures

Most exclosures are arranged in pairs, allowing for multiple inferences

After only 1 year of excluding livestock, we were surprised to see some dramatic changes…

Andrew Smith examines a livestock exclosure in Jun 2010, Gouli, Dulan County

Dynamics of Stipa purpurea 2009-2010