My teaching primarily involves Extension work with the public, agencies, restoration practitioners, and other stakeholders addressing invasive species in Minnesota’s lakes and wetlands. I am also the instructor for CONS 8095: Written Preliminary Exam Course.
My students and I work on applied problems in ecological restoration and invasive plant management in lake, wetland, and terrestrial habitats. Our goal is to conduct research that helps advance restoration of degraded habitats. In the human-dominated landscapes of the upper Midwest, effective prevention and control of biological invasions is an essential component of this work.
Essential partners in our research are citizen scientists, natural resource managers, restoration practitioners, and other stakeholders. Nearly all of our projects involve research-management collaborations. And our research forms the basis for developing Extension programs to translate science into practical solutions on the ground and on the water.
Williams, E. W., R. S. Barak, M. Kramer, A. Hipp, and D. J. Larkin. 2018. In tallgrass prairie restorations, relatedness influences fine-scale invasion while resource availability influences larger-scale invasion. Basic and Applied Ecology 33:37–48.
Larkin, D. J., M. M. Weber, S. M. Galatowitsch, A. M. Gupta, and A. Rager. 2018. Flipping the classroom to train citizen scientists in invasive species detection and response. Journal of Extension 56:5TOT1.
Larkin, D. J., A. K. Monfils, A. Boissezon, R. S. Sleith, P. M. Skawinski, C. H. Welling, B. Cahill, and K. G. Karol. 2018. Biology, ecology, and management of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa; Characeae): A Red-listed Eurasian green alga invasive in North America. Aquatic Botany 148:15–24.
Muthukrishnan, R., N. Hansel-Welch, and D. J. Larkin. 2018. Environmental filtering and competitive exclusion drive biodiversity-invasibility relationships in shallow lake plant communities. Journal of Ecology 106:2058–2070.
Tonietto, R. K., and D. J. Larkin. 2017. Habitat restoration benefits wild bees: a meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology 55:582–590.