Land managers in the Great Lakes basin invest substantial resources treating non-native Phragmites australis. However, responses to treatments vary given application approach, site-specific environmental conditions, and other factors - ultimately leaving managers uncertain about the most effective treatment for their land. To help reduce this uncertainty, the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (http://greatlakesphragmites.net/pamf/) is being developed by the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative. This presentation focuses on the development of the framework's three structural components, which are 1) a standardized monitoring protocol, scalable by Phragmites patch size and tiered to allow broad utilization, 2) predictive models that are regularly updated and learn from the effectiveness of each treatment to provide continually improved site-specific guidance, and 3) an online data management system that stores and delivers information on all involved patches. With time, this long-term shift in management strategy will yield optimal, data-driven approaches to help managers achieve their objectives.
Abram DaSilva, U.S. Geological Survey
Ecologist with the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, MI Originally from TX, has worked in a variety of wetland ecosystems including those in Louisiana, the Florida Everglades, and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert)
Karen Alexander, Great Lakes Commission
Karen Alexander joined the Commission in 2016 as a Senior Program Specialist. Her main role is to work collaboratively with researchers at the United States Geological Survey to address the spread of the invasive plant Phragmites, by implementing the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). She will also assist with other projects in the Coastal Conservation and Habitat Restoration program area. Prior to joining the Commission, Karen worked as a Community Engagement Leader with the Township of Tiny, a municipal government in Ontario where she created and implemented various volunteer programs and special events, of which several aimed to benefit environmental health and sustainability. Prior to her role in Tiny, Karen spent five years working in coastal conservation, evaluating the health of dune ecosystems for Ontario Parks, and developing and implementing numerous stewardship and outreach programs along the southeast shores of Lake Huron for a non-profit organization, the Lake Huron Coastal Centre. Karen is the co-founder and current co-chair of the Ontario Phragmites Working Group and holds an Honours Biology degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College, and a Young Conservation Professional Certificate from the University of Guelph.
Co-Author: Kurt Kowalski, Research Ecologist at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center