Advancing Invasive Species Control

FWCB faculty and their students are at the forefront of invasive species biology – most notably problematic aquatic species such as carp, zebra mussels, and Eurasian water milfoil. We also work on invasive species in other habitats including forests and wetlands. Many of our faculty are part of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.

Przemek Bajer (Research Assistant Professor) studies movement, reproductive strategies, seasonal aggregations and cognitive abilities of invasive fish to develop integrated and targeted management strategies.

Robert Blair (Professor) studies urban land use effects on bird communities, which includes responses to invasive species, such as earthworms.

Susan Galatowitsch (Professor) develops strategies to restore wetlands and riparian systems infested with invasive plant species such as reed canary grass and common reed.

Daniel Larkin (Assistant Professor) focuses on the ecology, restoration and management of aquatic and wetland invasive plants.

Michael McCartney (Research Assistant Professor) focuses on the biology of zebra mussels, especially understanding pathways of spread of the aquatic invasive species.

Raymond Newman (Professor) focuses on how the biology of aquatic species and their interactions in lakes can be used to develop methods to control aquatic invasive plants and restore lake fisheries.

Nicholas Phelps (Assistant Professor) studies fish diseases and fish health, more generally. Dr. Phelps is Director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.

Peter Sorensen (Professor) studies fish pheromones and uses this information to develop control methods for aquatic invasive species, such as carp and sea lamprey.

Paul Venturelli (Assistant Professor) develops models that are used to evaluate different aquatic invasive species control options.