Invasives Research

Small Indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus). Photo by: J.N. Stuart at

Where and how well mongooses are doing in Puerto Rico? A study of invasive mongoose in the island

Mongooses in Puerto Rico are sly animals. Diana is finding the routes and eating habits of the species, in an effort to optimize the management in the island.
Jan 2016

Recreational trails are affecting bird reproduction

We might be loving our wildlife habitat to death. Research by Max Henschell, a PhD student, has found that recreational enjoyment of protected areas may be impacting birds.
Mar 2014

Helping to train the next generation of conservation scientists: running the IGERT on biodiversity conservation in novel ecosystems

Research topics range from economics to entomology, and research locations literally span the globe. Some might call administering such a grant challenging, but to Shelley Maxted, it's a treat.
Feb 2013

Where will novel ecosystems in the United States exist in the future?

Novel ecosystems, ecosystems with strong human influence are an important new challenge for ecology. Will these ecosystems increase in number in the future? Where?
Feb 2013

Urban Sprawl Supports Rapid Invasions By Non-Native Plant Species

Plant invasions often occur near human settlements, but how can we quantify them? Gregorio Gavier Pizarro mapped the expansion of Glossy privet, an invasive tree, over a period of 23 years in central Argentina. He found that this species has been spreading rapidly, and urban sprawl has a major role in this process.
Feb 2010

The Legacy of Past Housing Patterns is Important to Explain Today's Plant Invasions

How important is the past to understand present plant invasions? Gregorio Gavier Pizarro recently found that plant invasions may depend more on historic housing and road patterns than on today's urban sprawl. To the contrary, contemporary forest fragmentation explained invasions better than fragmentation legacies.
Jan 2010