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The Influence of Exotic Plant Invasion on Pollinator Abundance

Author(s): Maxcy Nicole Hill

Virginia Commonwealth University

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This lesson introduces two global change factors, natural habitat loss and exotic plant invasion, and analyzes how these stressors impact the biodiversity and abundance of pollinator species. Pearson's correlation coefficient and general linear…

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This lesson introduces two global change factors, natural habitat loss and exotic plant invasion, and analyzes how these stressors impact the biodiversity and abundance of pollinator species. Pearson's correlation coefficient and general linear models are introduced to analyze these relationships, and the creation of graphics are used to visualize these relationships.

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This lesson introduces students to the drivers behind natural habitat loss, exotic plant invasion, and global pollinator decline. The relationship between these two global stressors are analyzed statistically and graphically using the Pearson's correlation coefficient. The impacts that exotic plant introduction and invasion have on pollinator biodiversity and abundance are analyzed using general linear models and then visualized through the creation of graphs. 

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