Platanus Occidentalis, characterized by shedding bark and ball-shaped seed pods, is native to much of the mid-southeastern US, and is commonly used as an ornamental tree. Individuals growing in the quarry of DePauw’s Nature Park are often small, discolored, or even dying. We used devices to measure the UV and Photosynthetically Active Radiation present at the locations of 70 random trees. We then used known sun path equations and GIS to start to develop a way to estimate the maximum amount of time a plant experiences full sun in different locations in the quarry relative to the quarry walls.
Lucchesi, Grace; Wilkerson, Beth; Simmons, Quincie; and Dudle, Dana, "Modeling Light for Platanus Occidentalis (American Sycamore) Trees in the DePauw Quarry" (2023). Annual Student Research Poster Session. 121, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.