Term of Award
Master of Science
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)
Department of Biology
Lorne M. Wolfe
Committee Member 1
Denson K. McLain
Committee Member 2
Lissa M. Leege
The majority of studies in invasion ecology have focused on the individual in its new habitat or attributes of habitats that are invaded. There is a need for studies that explore the biology of species in native and introduced ranges. The goal of my thesis is to determine if an invasive plant has had a shift in life history traits after introduction. The study species was Silene latifolia. Also, when organisms leaves their native range, they also escape their natural enemies. The escape-from-enemies hypothesis theorizes that plants which escape natural enemies will shift more energy to growth and reproduction. Introduced plants should exhibit increased competitive ability compared to native plants. I will determine if introduced plants show increased competitive ability compared to natives.
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Parrish, Thomas D., "An Experimental Investigation of Life History Variation in Native and Introduced Populations of Silene latifolia" (2002). Legacy ETDs. 334.