Dayvis Blasini

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Dayvis Is a student at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) , studying Biology , and is expecting to graduate in 2013 .

About Me:
I am an undergraduate student from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). Although I was born and raised in Venezuela (South America), I consider the American Midwest my home. Due to the high degree of anthropogenic disturbances in this region, I am very interested in studying its ecology. Particularly, I am interested in the effect that invasive species and habitat fragmentation has in native species and communities.

My Projects
Invasion by hybridization between native and non-native purple coneflowers (2013)

In western Minnesota prairie restorations have been planted near native prairie remnants. Two non-native Echinacea species (E. pallida and E. purpurea) have been planted in restorations. We want to know the extent to which the non-natives affect reproduction in the native species. Non-native pollen is hypothesized to interfere with pollination in the native and hybridization between the