Community and landscape ecology of forest interiors at Merry Lea
Aradhana Roberts, a 2013 graduate from Mussoorie, India who double majored in biology and environmental science, explored the growth and growing conditions of forest plants in the diverse plant communities of the Thomas, Wysong and Byer woodlands of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center (Wolf Lake, Indiana). The research conducted was driven by the following questions:
- What plant species are found in the interior forests of Merry Lea?
- Are invasive species found in these forests, and if so, which ones and how abundant?
- What is the relationship between tree canopy, shrub and herb layers in these forests?