Bryan Shragge


Bryan Shragge 

Bryan is interested in the role of mistletoe as leaf litter in aquatic systems. Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that is common in a variety of trees, including oak (Quercus spp.) and cottonwoods (Populus fremontii) in the Central Valley. He is conducting an experiment comparing decomposition rates (and colonization by macroinvertebrates) among cottonwood leaves, mistletoe leaves, and a mixture of cottonwood and mistletoe leaves in the Stanislaus River, within one of the largest remaining tracts of riparian forest in the San Joaquin Valley. Restoration programs are currently attempting to reestablish large areas of riparian forest; Bryan's research will help describe the ecological functions of these important ecosystems.