Welcome to the lab of Dr. Julie Lockwood!
(From Left to Right) J. Lockwood--with Tanner and Henry, J. C. Burkhalter, O. Robinson, K. Aagaard, R. Valentin
Public and academic recognition of the problems associated with biological invasions has grown exponentially over the past decade. The reasons for this growth are three-fold. First, the negative effects of some non-native species have grown too large to ignore. Thus, increasing numbers of scientists are studying and managing non-native species in an effort to minimize the effects of biological invaders on native species and human economies. Second, the number of species being moved out of their native ranges and into novel locations is itself growing. Therefore, not only are the problems caused by non-native species becoming obvious, but also the overall number of problems appears to be growing. Third, with so many invasive species, it is very hard to do ecological field research without encountering invaders and eventually including them in investigations even if those investigations are for basic research.
Invaders offer some new insights, and it is very difficult for curious scientists to pass up the opportunity to explore these new avenues. Our research covers everything from the why and how of the transportation of non-native species to the post-invasion evolutionary changes that some invaders undergo. In addition, much of our research is relevant to societies' efforts to stem the flow of non-natives and reduce the impacts of those non-natives that cause damage.
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