Researchers in this unit provide knowledge and methods for protecting and sustaining healthy forests affected by invasive species and disturbances. Their research focus is concentrated in two major areas: 1) enhancing understanding and managing invasions and invasive species, and 2) sustaining forests through the regeneration and management of oak-dominated forests. These researchers combine silvicultural and forest management approaches with biological invasion management.
Our Research Areas
These researchers study a wide range of invasive species at all stages of invasion including arrival, establishment, spread, and impact leading to development of integrated pest management systems. Invasive species include plants, animals, fish, insects, diseases, invertebrates, and others, that are not native to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm.
- Tools for Understanding Biological Invasions
- Preventing Introduction of Invasive Species
- Invasive Insects, Plants, and Diseases
This invasive species research also integrates with our work on oak management to provide research that will produce tools for sustaining forests. Oak-dominated forests provide a unique suite of woodland benefits, but oak regeneration is currently inadequate to sustain species composition. Science-based solutions to regeneration problems and biological invasions are critical to sustaining oak forests.
- Silviculture for Invasive Species
- Oak Regeneration
- Forest Management and Sustainability
- Economics and Engineering
- Tisseuil, Clement; Gryspeirt, Aiko; Lancelot, Renaud; Pioz, Maryline; Liebhold, Andrew; Gilbert, Marius. 2016. Evaluating methods to quantify spatial variation in the velocity of biological invasions. Ecography. 39(5): 409-418.
- Robert L., Harrison; Rowley, Daniel L.; Keena, Melody A. 2016. Geographic isolates of Lymantria dispar multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus: Genome sequence analysis and pathogenicity against European and Asian gypsy moth strains. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 137: 10-22.
- Chen, Fang; Shi, Juan; Keena, Melody 2016. Evaluation of the effects of light entensity and time interval after the start of scotophase on the female flight propensity of Asian gypsy moth (Lepidoptera: Erebidae). Environmental Entomology. 45(2): 404-409.
- Pilarska, Daniela; Hajek, Ann E.; Keena, Melody; Linde, Andreas; Kereselidze, Manana; Georgiev, Georgi; Georgieva, Margarita; Mirchev, Plamen; Takov, Danail; Draganova, Slavimira. 2016. Susceptibility of larvae of nun moth, Lymantria monacha (Linnaeus 1758) (Lepidoptera), to the entomopathogenic fungus, Entomophaga maimaiga Humber, Shimazu and Soper (Entomophthorales) under laboratory and field conditions. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 68(1): 117-126.
- Roques, Alain; Auger-Rozenberg, Marie-Anne; Blackburn, Tim M.; Garnas, Jeff; Pysek, Petr; Rabitsch, Wolfgang; Richardson, David M.; Wingfield, Michael J.; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Duncan, Richard P. 2016. Temporal and interspecific variation in rates of spread for insect species invading Europe during the last 200 years. Biological Invasions. 18(4): 907-920.