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Invasive Species: roles and impacts of invasives in a changing world

Kirsten M. Prior, Department of Biological Sciences

March 20, 2017

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm



About the seminar

Species are being moved around the globe via trade and traffic. Some species become invasive where they are introduced and can have dramatic impacts on ecosystems and society. Invasive species are a leading cause of global change, and understanding what makes a species invasive and their impacts are essential questions for biologists. When species are moved into new regions, they may leave co-evolved species behind and form novel interactions with species in their introduced range. If the novel suite of interactions favors the invader, the invader may experience particularly high fitness in its introduced range compared to its native range (“invasion success”). I will present research from two study systems, in which I examine how altered antagonistic or mutualistic interactions influence invasion success. I will also present results from a systematic review that examines if native ecosystems and are resilient to invasive species impacts and management.

About the Speaker

Kirsten is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University. She is a community ecologist, with research interests in how species interactions are altered in a changing world and the outcome of altered species interactions on biodiversity and ecosystems. Kirsten is an experimental field ecologist, working in insect and plant systems, in several different ecosystems, including eastern North American deciduous forests, oak savannas in the Pacific Northwest, and in East African savannas.


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