Areas of Interest
Restoration ecology, invasion biology, aquatic plant management, wetland ecology, plant community ecology
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.
- 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. 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.