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Using Novel Ecological Methods to Evaluate Management Efforts

Postdoctoral Research

Surrounded by Phragmites australis at my current research site in Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, MD.

I am currently testing how prescribed fire, herbicide, and salt application can independently and interactively influence the invasive plant, Phragmites australis. In U.S. Atlantic coastal forests, Phragmites is steadily encroaching, outcompeting native vegetation and transitioning these ecosystems rapidly. Using plant functional traits as a lens, I am examining how these various management tools shape Phragmites ability to clonally spread and use available resources. 

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