Has Thicketization of the Post Oak Savanna Reduced Groundwater Recharge in the Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer

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Has Thicketization of the Post Oak Savanna Reduced Groundwater Recharge in the Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer?
Shishir Basant and Bradford Wilson, Texas A&M University, Ecology and Conservation Biology (April 13, 2023)

Much of the historical more open canopy Post Oak Savanna with an understory of grasses/forbs has been lost to thicketization, in large part because of fire suppression. Besides the devaluation of the Post Oak Savanna ecosystem, are there other ramifications?

Shishir Basant and Bradford Wilcox, Texas A&M University, along with colleagues, have conducted a study of the impact of thicketization in the Post Oak Savanna on recharge in the Carrizo Wilcox aquifer. 

Shishir Basant is a post doctoral scientist at in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology at Texas A&M University with expertise in ecology and hydrology. He is interested in understanding linkages between land management and water resources. He has 7 years of experience conducting research in South and Central Texas often collaborating with land owners and managers. He also has 5 years of experience in operations management and consulting in the energy industry and the non-profit sector in India.

Bradford Wilcox is a professor in Ecology and Conservation Biology at Texas A&M University.  He is an ecohydrologist whose research focus has been on understanding the implications of land cover change on water resources.  He has worked extensively in Texas and the Southern Great Plains.