Phenotypic plasticity has been widely studied as a mechanism by which invasive plants cope with new environmental conditions. I am interested in examining how plants at different life history stages respond plastically to environmental conditions and determining what life history stage would plasticity be most important in contributing to the plant spread, with a focus on invasive plants. My study species is spotted knapweed a plant native to Europe and Western Asia that has become invasive in the Midwestern United States forming dense stands and reducing plant diversity.
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