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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
November 25, 2014

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Kayla Giroux

Kayla Giroux



giro7560@wlu.ca

For my undergraduate thesis, I am investigating the spectrum and association of plant species that have colonized an ephemeral island on the Grand River. Since this island is scoured clean each winter, plants must either recolonise every spring or survive underground through metamorphosed stems or in the seedbank. The shape and topography of the island is such that changes in water levels have allowed a relatively stable vegetation to form at the centre, while seedlings emerge from the margins, nearest to the disturbance. Since at least an environmental gradient exists, I hope to compare the survival strategies of plants growing in different areas. I will also expand to include other topics such as, variation and trends of the local water levels and temperatures, seed dispersal methods, physical soil properties and its limitations, shade vs. sunlight (time of day based on location).

When I try to forget at school, I usually spend my time outdoors. I love nature, clean air and quietness. During the winter, I try to spend as much time as possible on the hills snowboarding with good friends. Other interests include playing bass guitar, skating/rollerblading, and playing with my pets.