invasive species

Jake Vander Zanden

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor, Center for Limnology

Laura Meyerson

University of Rhode Island, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources Science

Peter Alpert

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Associate Professor, Biology Department

Shahid Naeem

Columbia University, Professor and Chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

Dianna Padilla

Stony Brook University, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution

David Lodge

University of Notre Dame, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

John Stachowicz

University of California, Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology

Jeffrey Dukes

Purdue University, Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Department of Biological Sciences

March 5, 2011

Non-native species can help ecosystems

Dov Sax

photo: Piotr Ciuchta


When new plants and animals enter an environment, they often damage it, but Dov Sax (2009) points out the many ignored benefits of certain invasive species, such as honeybees in the Americas. In his paper, Sax says non-native species can fill in gaps left by extinct species and could help ecosystems adapt in a future of rapid changes in climate and land use.

January 13, 2011

Study validates tool for detecting marine life

David Lodge

photo: Kate Gardiner, render: Michael Ströck

A new study validated the environmental DNA (eDNA) method for detecting even small populations of marine animals. The study specifically validated the use of eDNA by David Lodge and his colleagues to find invasive Asian carp in Lake Michigan. Scientists could also use the method for detecting the presence of endangered species thought to have gone extinct.