The purpose of this study is to examine the water potential of Malosma laurina at different elevations of a man made trail in the chapparal of the Santa Monica Mountains. Chaparral in the Santa Monica Mountains have been depleted because of human involvement effecting the chaparral ecosystem. Fire breaks and man made trails are a few of the major causes of the rapidly changing ecosystem and continues to cause stress among the plants. We are testing the effect that man made trails have on the water potential of Malosma laurina. This was measured by taking samples of Malosma laurina at different altitudes of the trail. Collecting samples and measuring the water potentials of Malosma laurina at different regions led to conclusions about which Malosma laurina plants have the most, least water potential.
Taylor, Eric S.; Anderson, Brad J.; and Stites, Brandon E., "Exploring the Hydration Levels of Malosma laurina at Different Elevations on a Man-made Trail" (2012). Pepperdine University, All Undergraduate Student Research. Paper 39.