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Now more so than ever with the increasing demands placed upon plant species as a direct result of climate change, competition between native and invasive species determines which species are able to survive and reproduce. Biologically the two species, native and invasive, carry out the same functions yet it is in how they carry out said functions that they differ. Prior to the commencement of the study the belief was held that the invasive species (here Avena) would contain increased photoprotection than the native species (here Elymus) for it to possess a competitive advantage. Testing of the stated hypothesis including measuring photoprotection, two measures of fluorescence, and photosynthetic rate to obtain data and associated statistics on four markers of photoprotection. Use of a Student’s t-test showed a significant difference only for photoprotection (Qn) values.