Emily Marie Berkshire, Charles M. Brockman


Presentation: 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Course: BIO 459L



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Amur honeysuckle is beginning to take over the natural habitats of Dayton, Ohio as well as the rest of the northeast. Due to its early bloom, duration during fall and early winter, and its durability, it has begun to push out other native flora. We wanted to investigate if this change in common flora had any effect on what native fauna were consuming. We set up an experiment in which the berries of the Common Hackberry tree as well as berries of the invasive Amur Honeysuckle were provided to ground feeders in abundance. Through conducting three trials, each including variable canopy coverage sites, we were able to conclude that ground feeders prefer the berries of the Common Hackberry tree. These results may be due to co-evolution along with nutritional differences between the berries.

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Chelse M. Prather, Ryan William Reihart

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Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Life on Land

Investigation of the preference of berry type by ground feeders when given abundances of both native (Common Hackberry) and invasive (Amur honeysuckle) berries