Effects of Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii [Rupr.] Herder) Invasion and Removal on Native Vegetation and White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in Mixed-Hardwood Forests of Indiana

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Shields, Joshua M. Ph.D., Purdue University, December 2013. Effects of Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii [Rupr.] Herder) invasion and removal on native vegetation and white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in mixed-hardwood forests of Indiana. Major Professor: Dr. Michael A. Jenkins. The threat of non-native invasive species continues to compromise the ecological and economic integrity of our natural resources. Numerous investigators have documented the negative effects of invasive species on native biota. However, much work is still needed with regard to how invasive species spread in space and time, factors contributing to impacts on native biota within invaded ecosystems, and resultant effects of removing invasive species. In terms of invasion patterns, few studies have documented local patterns and rates of woody plant invasions, and even less is known about changes in spatial patterning and factors influencing structural characteristics (diameter and height) of individuals as invasion phase progresses from establishment to saturation. Furthermore, little is known about how the duration of occupation by an invasive species, along with the amount of growing space it occupies, influences native biota within invaded areas (i.e., microsite-level impacts). Finally, few investigators have examined the effects of removing invasive species on native flora and fauna. We (my graduate committee and I) examined the spread and ecological effects of Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii [Rupr.] Herder)—a non-native, invasive shrub that

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@inproceedings{Shields2015EffectsOA, title={Effects of Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii [Rupr.] Herder) Invasion and Removal on Native Vegetation and White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in Mixed-Hardwood Forests of Indiana}, author={Joshua Michael Shields and Joshua M. Shields and Michael Jenkins and John B. Dunning and Michael Saunders and Kevin Gibson and Patrick Zollner and Robert K. Swihart and Gary White and Rob Morrissey and Justin Arseneault and Rita Blythe and Kyle Leffel and Amanda Parks and Michael Loesch-Fries and Brian Bailey and Caleb Brown and Justin Schmal and Brian Beheler and Oriana Rueda Krauss and Seth Howard and Amy Wetzel and Taryn Clark and Crystal Bevis and Lindsey Purcell and Jeff Clark}, year={2015} }