Presentation Title

What is the Distribution of Invasive Fountain Grass in the Lower Arroyo Seco?

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Rhea Presiado

Start Date

17-11-2018 12:30 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 2:30 PM

Location

CREVELING 64

Session

POSTER 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

physical_mathematical_sciences

Abstract

Presenters: Zachary Armstrong; Nelson Fernandez; Jenna Flores; Jaime Pacheco; Christine Wintercorn

What is the Distribution of Invasive Fountain Grass in the Lower Arroyo Seco?

Abstract:

Riparian ecosystems are essential for keeping the natural habitat of an area healthy and nutritious for the surrounding animals and plants; with the invasion of non-native plants in riparian areas plants and animals may have a hard time surviving where they once flourished (Schreck et al. 2013). We chose to study the Lower Arroyo Seco on September 25, 2018, which is about 150 acres and located in Pasadena California and is home to an assortment of plant lives (McLean, 2009). These various plant lives include live oak woodland, alluvial fan scrub, mulefat and willow scrub, sycamore riparian woodland and sage scrub (Calflora, 2018). The plant we chose in particular to study is the Pennisetum Setaceum, more commonly known as Fountain Grass which in the current day biosphere is one of the many invasive plants harming the native habitat. The Pennisetum Setaceum, a monocot [containing one seed leaf], is a perennial grass that is not native to California which spreads quickly, taking over large areas (Arroyo Seco Foundation, 2018). Our research question asked, “what is the current distribution of Fountain Grass in the lower Arroyo Seco?” This study will test our hypothesis that Fountain Grass has increased in distribution throughout lower Arroyo Seco since previous studies.

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Nov 17th, 12:30 PM Nov 17th, 2:30 PM

What is the Distribution of Invasive Fountain Grass in the Lower Arroyo Seco?

CREVELING 64

Presenters: Zachary Armstrong; Nelson Fernandez; Jenna Flores; Jaime Pacheco; Christine Wintercorn

What is the Distribution of Invasive Fountain Grass in the Lower Arroyo Seco?

Abstract:

Riparian ecosystems are essential for keeping the natural habitat of an area healthy and nutritious for the surrounding animals and plants; with the invasion of non-native plants in riparian areas plants and animals may have a hard time surviving where they once flourished (Schreck et al. 2013). We chose to study the Lower Arroyo Seco on September 25, 2018, which is about 150 acres and located in Pasadena California and is home to an assortment of plant lives (McLean, 2009). These various plant lives include live oak woodland, alluvial fan scrub, mulefat and willow scrub, sycamore riparian woodland and sage scrub (Calflora, 2018). The plant we chose in particular to study is the Pennisetum Setaceum, more commonly known as Fountain Grass which in the current day biosphere is one of the many invasive plants harming the native habitat. The Pennisetum Setaceum, a monocot [containing one seed leaf], is a perennial grass that is not native to California which spreads quickly, taking over large areas (Arroyo Seco Foundation, 2018). Our research question asked, “what is the current distribution of Fountain Grass in the lower Arroyo Seco?” This study will test our hypothesis that Fountain Grass has increased in distribution throughout lower Arroyo Seco since previous studies.