CuriOdyssey LIRA Research
Invasive species can outcompete native species for space and resources, and result in the loss of species richness and abundance. Invasive species can also fundamentally alter the physical structure, function, and productivity of an environment. The decline of native species and habitat productivity can impact free ecosystem services such as water cycling, nutrient cycling, and other life sustaining processes.
CuriOdyssey Science Educator Catherine Brett developed a research project to optimize invasive species removal in the marsh. This research examines the effect of hand removal and herbicide treatment on the long-term reduction of Limonium ramosissimum (LIRA), an invasive plant in the San Francisco Bay marshes. Together with local teenage volunteers, we are gathering data that will help inform LIRA management practices in the San Francisco Bay. Interested in participating our marsh restoration efforts? Stay tuned for ways to help!