Faculty Advisor

Crusberg, Theodore C.


Human development of the Colorado River, in order to alleviate water and energy shortages in the American Southwest, has caused stress on riparian ecosystems. As a result, foreign plant species can thrive. Through literature review, this project examined the complex relationship between river development, water limitations and invasives such as Tamarix. It was found that Tamarix may not be as high a water consumer as previously assumed, but has contributed to an ongoing pattern of declining ecosystem health.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology