Erin Degenstein

Erin Degenstein
Alison O’Dowd, Ph.D.
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Erin's research explored non-native invasive velvet grass (<em>Holcus lanatus</em>) that disrupts natural ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada of California. Several species are encroaching on wilderness landscapes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and resources to control these invasions are limited. This study will use habitat suitability modeling to predict potential distributions for <em>Holcus lanatus</em>. The maps produced by this research can inform early detection surveys for <em>Holcus lanatus</em> so that National Park Service staff can maximize available resources. A spatial visualization of potential habitat can allow managers to best utilize their limited resources to help preserve and protect wilderness ecosystems.