Friday, March 18, 2011

Call for Collaborators in Worldwide Garlic Mustard Study

One of the world's largest demographic surveys of an invasive species is looking for new and returning collaborators. The Global Garlic Mustard Field Survey is now beginning its third field season with demographic data and seed collections from over 150 populations across Europe and North America. This year we are working to double that number and we are particularly keen to increase collaboration in under-sampled regions. For previous sample sites and preliminary results, click here to see the map.
The project is an international collaboration aimed at obtaining much-needed data on the abundance and distribution of Alliaria petiolata, Garlic Mustard. It involves a very basic protocol that standardizes sampling across sites, and takes place in late spring/early summer making it ideal for incorporation into field courses, nature surveys, and long-term monitoring and management efforts. The estimated duration of sampling for a team of two people is 3-6 hours per population. Academics who contribute to this endeavor will have the opportunity to contribute to manuscripts resulting from the work.  For sampling protocol and additional information click here.
Alliaria petiolata, Garlic Mustard, photo by Chris Evans, River to River CWMA,