An Urban Flora: Tree, Shrub, and Herbaceous Cover, Frequency and Density of Holcomb Woods

Sam Ross Butler University, Luke Rihm Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Julia Angstmann Butler University
As the global population grows, humanity’s impact on the comprehensive ecosystem and biodiversity through urbanization, habitat encroachment and destruction, and pollution is becoming more obvious (Albertia, 2005). Globalized urbanization has also created new environments and ecosystems that organisms must now adapt to (McDonald, Karieva, & Forman, 2008). The urban ecosystem is receiving more and more attention from the scientific community due to its integral role in the long-term conservation of species and overall biodiversity (Mckinney, 2002). This project focuses on investigating the plant community structure within the Holcomb woods, an urban environment. As of right now, there has been no formal research done on the plant community diversity of the Holcomb woods. This project will, for the first time, asses the plant biodiversity of Holcomb woods on Butler University’s campus through the development of a partial floristic inventory that can be continued and expanded to different phenological seasons. The project used documented sampling techniques that helped analyze the tree, shrub, and herbaceous cover, frequency, and density throughout various topographically divided sections within the Holcomb woods. Tree, Shrub, and Herbaceous species were examined from May-July of 2019, with Herbaceous sampling also occurring at the first bloom in March-April of 2020. This research will ultimately provide a base-line for future analysis of the area for University and scientific use, as well as broadening our knowledge of this Indiana Wildlife-Certified habitat.
Sustainability, Urban Ecology & Environmental Studies
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:00 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 212