Liis_Kasari

Liis Kasari

My research interests focus on the drivers of high small-scale plant species richness, taxonomic and functional diversity in degraded landscapes, and biodiversity and conservation value of hybrid and novel ecosystems. In addition, I am taking part of a large-scale alvar grassland restoration project ‘Life to Alvars’ by monitoring the recovery of its characteristic plant species composition.

See my CV in Estonian Research Portal

  • Van Geel, M., Ceulemans, T., Plue, J., Takkis, K., Saar, L., Kasari, L., Peeters, G., van Acker, K., Jacquemyn, H. & Honnay, O. 2018. Environmental filtering rather than host plant specificity shapes the arbuscular mycorrhizal communities of European semi-natural grasslands. New Phytologist 220: 1262–1272.
  • Price, J., Tamme, R., Gazol, A., de Bello, F., Takkis, K., Uria Diez, J., Kasari, L. & Pärtel, M. 2017. Within-community environmental variability drives trait variability in species-rich grasslands. Journal of Vegetation Science 28: 303–312.
  • Lewis, R.J., de Bello, F., Bennett, J.A., Fibich, P., Finerty, G.E., Götzenberger, L., Hiiesalu, I., Kasari, L., Lepš, J., Májeková, M., Mudrák, O., Riibak, K., Ronk, A., Rychtecká, T., Vitová, A. & Pärtel, M. 2017. Applying the dark diversity concept to nature conservation. Conservation Biology 31: 40–47.
  • Kasari, L., Saar, L., de Bello, F., Takkis, K. & Helm, A. 2016. Hybrid ecosystems can contribute to local biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 3023–3041.
  • Májeková, M., Paal, T., Plowman, N.S., Bryndová, M., Kasari, L., Norberg, A., Weiss, M., Bishop, T.R., Luke, S.H., Sam, K., Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Y., Lepš, J., Götzenberger, L. & de Bello, F. 2016. Evaluating functional diversity: Missing trait data and the importance of species abundance structure and data transformation. PLoSOne 11: e0152532.
  • Kasari, L., Gazol, A., Kalwij, J.M. & Helm, A. 2013. Low shrub cover in alvar grasslands increases small-scale diversity by promoting the occurrence of generalist species. Tuexenia 33: 293–308.
  • Gazol, A., Tamme, R., Takkis, K., Kasari, L., Saar, L., Helm, A. & Pärtel, M. 2012. Landscape- and small-scale determinants of grassland species diversity: direct and indirect influences. Ecography 35: 944–951.

 

Conference presentations:

  • Kasari, L., Holm, A. & Helm, A. Grassland restoration in Estonia: aims, methods and implications for biodiversity. Society of Ecological Restoration Europe Conference, 9–13 September 2018, Reykjavik, Iceland. Oral presentation.
  • Kasari, L., Holm, A., Prangel, E., Hernández-Agramonte, I.M. & Helm, A. LIFE to Alvars - large-scale grassland restoration in Estonia. Best practice and socio-economic implications. 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology, 12–15 June, Jyväskylä, Finland. Oral presentation.
  • Kasari, L., Zobel, M., Pärtel, M., Bommarco, R., Bruun, H.H., Gustiņa, L., Heikkinen, R., Honnay, O., Krauss, J., Lindborg, R., Raatikainen, K., Rūsiņa, S. & Helm, A. Plants with good dispersal abilities disappear from European semi-natural grasslands following the payment of extinction debt. 60th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), 20–24 June 2017, Palermo, Italy. Poster presentation.
  • Kasari, L., et al. & Helm, A. Does habitat size influences the functional diversity similarly to species richness? 58th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), 19–24 July 2015, Brno, Czech Republic. Oral presentation.
  • Kasari, L., Takkis, K., Saar, L. & Helm, A. Increase in species richness and functional diversity after habitat degradation and fragmentation. 57th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), 1–5 September 2014, Perth, Australia. Oral presentation.
  • Kasari, L., Takkis, K., Saar, L. & Helm, A. Which plant species are ‘winners’ in degraded grassland habitats? 56th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), 26–30 June 2013, Tartu, Estonia. Poster presentation.
  • Kasari, L., Takkis, K., Saar, L. & Helm, A. Which plant species are ‘winners’ in degraded grassland habitats? 2nd International Conference of Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology, 16–17 May 2013, Tallinn, Estonia. Oral presentation.
  • Kasari, L., Takkis, K., Saar, L. & Helm, A. Which plant species are ‘winners’ in degraded grassland habitats? 26th Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ), 9–11 May 2013, Tartu, Estonia. Poster presentation.