Botanic Garden Intern Rachael Cain '08

Summer Research Project 2006-2007

Identification, Removal, and Replacement of Invasive Species

Funded by the B. Elizabeth Horner Fund in the Biological Sciences, Summer Research Fellows Program

Identify, map, and where possible, remove invasive species on Smith campus based on species list provided by the state. Identify invasives in three categories: accessioned plants in the collection; invasives moving on to campus; and species that have escaped from campus. Update BgBase database to reflect invasive status and create before/after maps reflecting removals. Second year emphasis on mapping of volunteer populations, continued eradication of both accessioned individuals and volunteers, evaluation of eradication methods, and recommendations for replacement plantings where invasives have been removed.

Rachel Cain '08