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Summer 2021


Phragmites australis is a highly invasive wetland grass species that dominates nearly any ecosystem that it invades, this is due to its incredibly dense foliage which makes it hard for plants and animals to live in the vicinity of phragmites. Phragmites can grow in versatile environments and are extremely durable. Therefore, once phragmites establish itself, it is very difficult to remove it. On top of that, Phragmites spreads very quickly by utilizing both sexual and asexual reproduction.


I would like to thank Beth Wilkerson for her help on forming the arcGIS maps. Thank you to William J. Asher and Dorothy A. Asher, for without your generous contributions, this project would not have been possible. Thanks to the Biology Department and Manning Field Station for equipment and supplies, and Diana Borse for access to her Phragmites data. Lastly, I would like to thank Dana Dudle for her excellent guidance in helping me to become a better ecologist.

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