Dr. Sandra Wilson
Dr. Wilson’s primary research effort is to characterize the invasive potential of ornamental plants and their cultivars. This includes physiological studies on carbon allocation, photosynthesis, and nutrient use efficiency under varying conditions. Also this research focuses on seed bank existence, seed viability, and germination in controlled growth chamber conditions as well as field conditions. In coordination with ornamental plant breeders, we evaluate new sterile cultivars that have superior flower and form without potential to escape cultivation. In coordination with ecologists, we evaluate seed and plug establishment of potential native revegetation candidate’s and their ability to compete with future invasions. Dr. Wilson’s secondary research effort focuses on identifying novel native plants for landscape use and to elucidate their propagation and production methods for commercial application.