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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Predicted Effect of Emerald Ash Borers on the Brockport Woodlot

Emerald Ash Borers are an invasive beetle which infests Ash trees. These beetles cause death to trees by girdling them. In this study, succession of Ash trees in the Brockport Woodlot was calculated through the use of the Markov model. The Brockport Woodlot was characterized through the use of the point quarter method, 20 random canopy Ash trees were identified and, after identifying the area which they impact, all of the saplings under them were counted and indentified. Successional calculations found that most (18) of the canopy Ash trees would be replaced by another Ash tree. This project will help managers of the Brockport Woodlot to better know how to respond to the inevitable invasion by the Emerald Ash Borer.

Presenter: Gretchen Murphey (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 2:50 pm (Session IV)