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Rachel SydowFollow

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Authors' Class Standing

Rachel Sydow, Senior Christopher Marshall, Senior Alexander Evans, Junior Chae Ik Kim, Junior Alexandria Meneses, Sophomore

Lead Presenter's Name

Rachel Sydow

Faculty Mentor Name

Emily Faulconer

Abstract

Over the course of this semester the group conducted a study on an invasive species in Spruce Creek Park. The Brazilian Pepper Plant is non-native and it has a negative effect on the surrounding habitat because it is fast growing with no known predators to help control the growth. The team focused on fruit density and tree size in order to study the biodiversity of the area. Data points were selected out in the field and the data recorded in order to test for any correlation between biodiversity and both fruit density and tree size. With the information gathered in this study the team hopes to provide aid to park employees and agriculturalists in order to help eradicate the pepper plant from the Florida area.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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Destination Density: A Study of the Biodiversity of the Brazilian Pepper Plant

Over the course of this semester the group conducted a study on an invasive species in Spruce Creek Park. The Brazilian Pepper Plant is non-native and it has a negative effect on the surrounding habitat because it is fast growing with no known predators to help control the growth. The team focused on fruit density and tree size in order to study the biodiversity of the area. Data points were selected out in the field and the data recorded in order to test for any correlation between biodiversity and both fruit density and tree size. With the information gathered in this study the team hopes to provide aid to park employees and agriculturalists in order to help eradicate the pepper plant from the Florida area.

 

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