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Student Summer undergraduate Research Fellowship (SSuRF)
Amber Stearns

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AMBER STEARNS '22

MAJOR: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & GEOGRAPHY, PLANNING & SUSTAINABILITY

FACULTY MENTOR: PROFESSOR LAUREN DICARLO

Floodplain ecosystem response to the removal of Euonymus alatus (winged burning bush) in Western Massachusetts, USA

This research project explores the way an invasive plant species interacts with and affects a floodplain ecosystem. Winged burning bush is an invasive plant from East Asia that can overtake the understory of a forest, but little is known about its effects on the forest, so we set out to find out more about it.