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Elizabeth Pritchard





Effects of Biofuels Production on Biodiversity and Landscape Connectivity

Increased production of bioenergy crops may pose difficult challenges for wildlife communities and biodiversity conservation. Little data exists to rank the biodiversity values of various biofuel feedstocks, particularly for leading candidates for bioenergy production in the Midwest like Miscanthus x giganteus and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). This project is investigating these biodiversity values. In addition, it is determining how biofuel crops affect animal movements and landscape connectivity by collecting data from the Energy Farm at the University of Illinois where Miscanthus, switchgrass, restored mixed prairie and corn-soybean rotation exist in blocks.