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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Research

 

BIODIVERSITY-FORESTRY
Invasive Species Control in Floodplain Forests
 

Team 

William E. Rogers, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
Evan H. Siemann, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Nankai University
Dale S. Sawyer, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University

Project Background 

The Chinese Tallow Tree (Sapium sebiferum) invades many habitats throughout the Texas Gulf Coast and the southeastern United States. In the absence of an effective management strategy, this non-native tree will likely continue to displace the native flora and fauna, resulting in biologically impoverished, economically degraded woodlands. This research addresses the effects of removing an invasive plant in native plant and animal communities.

Project Updates 

Genetic evidence clears Ben Franklin of importing noxious tree to U.S. Gulf Coast:
http://youtu.be/7wRrEo2mcd4 

Dr. Evan Seimann discusses Chinese Tallow:
http://youtu.be/kzhrR3ggoDw 

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