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Invasive plants in a changing climate

Invasive plants in a changing climate photo

Invasive plants can pose a significant threat to the environment, economy, infrastructure, agriculture, and/or human health. Ongoing climate change impacts (such as a longer growing season, hotter drier summers, and warmer wetter winters) will influence the ability of invasive plants to establish and spread across the Metro Vancouver region. Employing a habitat suitability model, researchers at the University of British Columbia and Trinity Western University predicted how the distribution of four high-risk species may evolve under future climate scenarios.

This research was conducted by Emma Nikkel. The two-year study was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Metro Vancouver. The work was also supported by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver.

A summary of this research is available here.

The entire thesis is available here: Effects of climate change on the habitat suitability of 4 relatively new invasive plant species in the Pacific Northwest