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Mapping Invasive Species in CT Forest Understory Using Drone

Saturday, January 13, 2018
10:00am – 11:00am

James L. Goodwin Conservation Center 23 Potter Road Hampton, Connecticut 06247

Nancy Marek from UCONN is coming to talk to you about whether an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone equipped with a sensor, can be used to map the distribution of three invasive shrub species (Japanese barberry, multiflora rose, and winged euonymus) in temperate deciduous forest understories in Connecticut. In addition, time-lapse photography will be used to detect the phenological development of the forest understory.

Nancy Marek is a second-year PhD student who is exploring the potential for developing a technique for mapping existing Japanese barberry infestations, which may help identify other non-native invasive species. This could one day lead to a cost-effective method for improving invasive plant management for foresters and land managers.


Jasper Sha,

Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (primary)

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