Advancing Invertebrate Conservation & Management

FWCB researchers focus on invertebrate biology that is especially relevant to conservation in Minnesota and the surrounding region. While we study only a few of the million+ invertebrates of the world, our studies span terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems within urban and agricultural landscapes.

Rob Blair (Professor/Extension Specialist) examines how changes in land use, especially urbanization, affects birds and butterflies that reside in human-dominated landscapes, such as cities.

Mark Hove (Research Fellow) studies the life cycles of the freshwater mussels and develops reintroduction strategies. He leads the Minnesota Native Mussel Project.