Areas of Interest
Aquatic plant management, community ecology, invasion biology, restoration ecology, wetland ecology
My teaching primarily involves Extension work with lake users, agency staff, restoration practitioners, and other natural resource stakeholders addressing aquatic invasive species in Minnesota lakes and wetlands. I am also the instructor for CBIO 8001: Conservation Biology Seminar.
My students and I conduct research on applied problems in ecological restoration and invasive plant management, particularly in aquatic and wetland systems. Our goal is to develop improved approaches for preventing and controlling invasions and restoring impacted habitats.
Restoration is a key component of contemporary conservation. However, our ability to return lost biodiversity and ecosystem services is limited by gaps in science, policy, and management and by disturbances that cause environmental degradation.
Invasive plant species are one such disturbance. Aggressive introduced plants can reduce biodiversity and alter ecological processes, interfering with conservation objectives. Improved approaches for controlling invasive plants and restoring impacted habitats are needed. It is also critical to predict, monitor, and prevent potential new invasions.
Essential partners in our research are natural resource managers, restoration practitioners, aquatic plant managers, and other stakeholders. Nearly all of our projects involve research-management collaborations. And this work forms the basis for developing Extension programs to translate science into better solutions for management on the ground and on the water.
- Tonietto, R. K., and D. J. Larkin. 2017. Habitat restoration benefits wild bees: a meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology DOI 10.1111/1365-2664.13012.
- Hunt, V. M., J. B. Fant, L. Steger, P. E. Hartzog, E. V. Lonsdorf, S. K. Jacobi, and D. J. Larkin. 2017. PhragNet: crowdsourcing to investigate ecology and management of invasive Phragmites australis (common reed) in North America. Wetlands Ecology and Management 25:607–618.
- Barak, R. S., E. W. Williams, A. L. Hipp, M. L. Bowles, G. Carr, R. Sherman, and D. J. Larkin. 2017. Restored tallgrass prairies have reduced phylogenetic diversity compared with remnants. Journal of Applied Ecology 54:1080–1090.
- Vander Stelt, E., J. B. Fant, S. Masi, and D. J. Larkin. 2017. Assessing threats to a rare ephemeral wetland plant species, Isoëtes butleri Engelm. Aquatic Botany 138:74–81.
- Tonietto, R. K., J. S. Ascher, and D. J. Larkin. 2017. Bee communities along a prairie restoration chronosequence: similar abundance and diversity, distinct composition. Ecological Applications 27:705–717.
- Larkin, D. J., S. K. Jacobi, A. L. Hipp, and A. T. Kramer. 2016. Keeping all the PIECES: phylogenetically informed ex situ conservation of endangered species. PLoS ONE 11: e0156973.
- Barak, R. S. , A. L. Hipp, J. Cavender-Bares, W. D. Pearse, S. C. Hotchkiss, J. C. Callaway, E. A. Lynch, R. Calcote, and D. J. Larkin. 2016. Taking the long view: Integrating recorded, paleoecological, and evolutionary information into ecological restoration. International Journal of Plant Sciences 177:90–102.
- Larkin, D. J., A. L. Hipp, J. Kattge, W. Prescott, R. K. Tonietto, S. K. Jacobi, and M. L. Bowles. 2015. Phylogenetic measures of plant communities show long-term change and impacts of fire management in tallgrass prairie remnants. Journal of Applied Ecology 52:1638–1648.
- Glisson, W. J., R. S. Brady, A. T. Paulios, S. K. Jacobi, and D. J. Larkin. 2015. Sensitivity of secretive marsh birds to vegetation condition in natural and restored wetlands in Wisconsin. Journal of Wildlife Management. 79:1101–1116.
- Larkin, D. J., J. F. Steffen, R. M. Gentile, and C. R. Zirbel. 2014. Ecosystem changes following restoration of a buckthorn-invaded woodland. Restoration Ecology 22:89–97.
- Price, A. L., J. B. Fant, and D. J. Larkin. 2014. Ecology of native vs. introduced Phragmites australis (common reed) in Chicago-area wetlands. Wetlands 34:369–377.
- Larkin, D. J., S. C. Lishawa, and N. C. Tuchman. 2012. Appropriation of nitrogen by the invasive cattail Typha × glauca. Aquatic Botany 100:62–66.
- Larkin, D. J. 2012. Lengths and correlates of lag phases in upper-Midwest plant invasions. Biological Invasions 14:827–838.
- Larkin, D. J., M. J. Freyman, S. C. Lishawa, P. Geddes, and N. C. Tuchman. 2012. Mechanisms of dominance by the invasive hybrid cattail Typha × glauca. Biological Invasions 14:65–77.