In small populations where individuals lack compatible mates, individuals with the ability to set seed without mates may be favored by selection for reproductive assurance. Previous work indicates that this process may be relevant during colony formation by the wetland invasive species Lythrum salicaria. We will use artificial marshes of this species to test the role of selection for reproductive assurance in determining the success of individuals in founding colonies.
Principal Investigator: Spencer C. H. Barrett
Researcher: Christopher M. Balogh