How will global change impact terrestrial plant communities?

Janet Franklin¬† The health of terrestrial plant communities are critical for human survival not only because we depend on them for food and resources, but because they provide necessary ecological processes, such as absorbing CO2, that our Earth needs to survive. Janet Franklin researched the effects that climate change, invasive species and human induced disturbances on these vital terrestrial plant communities. She found that the drying effects of climate change effect drier landscapes the most which can lead to fires, insect outbreaks and human disturbances ultimately stressing the entire community, both plants and humans.