Poster Title (Current Submission)

Ryerson's Woods Park: A Relict Woodland?

Major(s)

Biology

Mentor Name

Diana Horton

Mentor Department

Biology

Presentation Date

March 2010

Abstract

Ryerson’s Woods is a naturally wooded 49 acre Iowa City park bisected by a deep ravine. The purpose of our research is to document plant species diversity and frequency and to compare that with 1837 land survey data. Over the 2009 growing season, weekly field surveys, including quantitative analyses, document the present-day vegetation. Species diversity is high and there are a number of rare/infrequent species, particularly in the ravine. The historical records reveal the wooded upland was prairie/savanna, but the ravine surely is representative of what it was in 1837.

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Copyright © 2010 Sophia A Krajewski

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Mar 27th, 12:00 AM

Ryerson's Woods Park: A Relict Woodland?

Ryerson’s Woods is a naturally wooded 49 acre Iowa City park bisected by a deep ravine. The purpose of our research is to document plant species diversity and frequency and to compare that with 1837 land survey data. Over the 2009 growing season, weekly field surveys, including quantitative analyses, document the present-day vegetation. Species diversity is high and there are a number of rare/infrequent species, particularly in the ravine. The historical records reveal the wooded upland was prairie/savanna, but the ravine surely is representative of what it was in 1837.