GIS Mapping and Co-occurrence Analysis of Invasive Understory Plants in the Lillian Anderson Arboretum
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Invasive plants are one of the greatest threats to an ecosystem’s biodiversity. Managing environments which are invaded by multiple species is difficult without an efficient management plan that aims to control multiple species at once. To address this, we surveyed the Lillian Anderson Arboretum and measured invasive prevalence by species over 975 sampling sites. We further analyzed these species’ prevalence with various abiotic factors as well as conducted cooccurrence analysis to show how the presence of each species affects the likelihood of another also being present. Our work provides an efficient management plan that considers all of these variables to better direct management with the aim of fostering biodiversity within the arboretum.