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Megan Harvey collects data at Toft Point.

Megan Harvey examines populations of Gentianopsis procera for florivory.

The 2007 Cofrin Grant recipients presented the results of their research projects in February 2008 in the Christie Theatre at UWGB. Their research is supported by a gift from the Cofrin family and helps us to learn more about and to better manage the 5 UW Green Bay Natural Areas: Cofrin Arboretum, Kingfisher Farm, Peninsula Center, Point au Sauble, and Toft Point.

This time we feature the research of UWGB undergraduate Megan Harvey who examined Florivory in populations of Gentianopsis procera in Door County, Wisconsin. Her faculty advisor was conservation biologist and NAS Assistant Professor Amy Wolf. Commonly called Great Plains fringed gentian, lesser fringed gentian, or small fringed gentian; Gentianopsis procera is a species of special concern in Wisconsin. It grows in eastern counties of the state and also in Door County in Northeastern WI. It is often found in wet, and especially in calcareous or sandy soils. Flower herbivory is important in conservation of species with small populations because herbivory can reduce seed production, seedling recruitment, and affect plant density. Harvey's project focused on the difference in herbivory between one inland and two coastal populations in Door County, one of which was located at Toft Point. Her research showed that florivory can be very high in coastal populations and may provide information for biologists hoping to conserve this species of special concern.

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