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Conservation and reproductive biology of the threatened plant species , Cirsium pitcheri, and Oenothera organesis. 2019
Greenhouse and Field

Ecology, Population Biology, Reproductive Biology

This project focuses on threatened plants, Cirsium pitcheri, and Oenothera organesis. Work will be split between greenhouses at the Chicago Botanic Garden and field sites in Door County, Wisconsin. Fieldwork will include monitoring pollinator and seed herbivores and measuring key demographic life stages. Greenhouse work will involve measuring changes in floral traits between cultivated and wild collected plants of Oenothera organesis. Through participation in the project, the undergraduate would learn methods involved in pollination biology, plant identification, and insect identification. These methods provide a good scientific background for furthering a career in the fields of ecology, entomology, or plant science.

Fieldwork Conditions

Bees, Insects