Throughout 2021, we asked researchers from various fields of study: What’s the most important thing about your research for managers and policy-makers to know? Here’s a recap of what they said:
If I could put it in a single word, that word is ‘proactive.’ Here are the species to look out for and if we can get ahead of those, we have a potential win, which is rare in invasive species management
~Bethany Bradley, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Small changes such as planting bare root, cleaning equipment, and heat-treating mulch and potting soil can make a big difference in limiting their [jumping worm] spread.
~Annise Dobson, Yale University
All tools (predictive models, control methods, revegetation methods) have limitations, and when we realize those limitations (and strengths) we can improve efforts.
~Mark Renz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
There’s no one-size-fits-all management style for invasive species, but many species can be controlled and brought into balance with our native systems.
~Jessica Rogers, SUNY Potsdam
Visiting only one lake a day and drying your gear is the best way to prevent spreading the eggs of the spiny waterflea.
~Meghan Brown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
We need strong policies to mitigate climate change and prevent new invaders from being introduced, since it’s much harder to control them once they’ve spread.
~Bianca Lopez, American Association for the Advancement of Science
They don’t need me to tell them, but preventing invasions in the first place is the best control method. Containment and eradication are tough work.
~Jeff Corbin, Union College
I encourage conservation managers to contact researchers when they notice something that could benefit from a collaboration between the two groups.
~Joanna Freeland, Trent University
An understanding of ecology and evolution can help us predict how a species will behave in a novel ecosystem.
~Dylan Parry, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Monitor and assess impacts and outcomes of invasive species removal.
~Andrea Davalos, SUNY Cortland
Read our full researcher spotlights:
Researcher Spotlight: Jennifer Andreas
This month, we interviewed Jennifer Andreas, who has worked in biological control for the last 25 years, and provides integrated weed management strategies and education to land managers in Washington State.
Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Andrew Liebhold
This month, we interviewed Dr. Andrew liebhold, a research entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Research Station with over three decades of experience studying invasion ecology of major forest invasives.
Remembering Gary Lovett
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Gary Lovett, a key advisor, collaborator, and friend. His legacy will live on through his highly impactful efforts to connect science to decision makers.
Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Angela Fuller
This month, we interviewed Dr. Angela Fuller, whose work spans a variety of wildlife and conservation issues across the globe and helps guide natural resource management.
Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Steve Grodsky
This month, we interviewed Dr. Steve Grodsky at Cornell University who specializes in the emerging field of energy ecology — the study of interactions among energy development, ecosystems, and people.
Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Annette Evans
This month, we interviewed Dr. Annette Evans, a postdoctoral researcher at UMass Amherst/Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, whose work combines invasion ecology and climate change to inform land management by modeling abundance and distributions of invasive plants.
Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Andrew Newhouse
This month, we interviewed Dr. Andrew Newhouse, Assistant Director of the American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project for an update on the latest research and outlook on chestnut blight.
Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Scott McArt
NYISRI interviews Dr. Scott McArt who leads research on the ecology of plant-pollinator interactions in natural and managed systems, and helps advance our knowledge of pesticide risks to pollinators.
Researcher Spotlight: Stacy Endriss, Ph.D
NYISRI interviews Dr. Stacy Endriss, an evolutionary ecologist who explores creative approaches for improving how we assess the impacts of invasions and their management.
Researcher Spotlight: Kathryn Amatangelo, Ph.D
NYISRI interviews Dr. Kathryn Amatangelo, Associate Professor at SUNY Brockport who studies the genetics and control of European dewberry, mile-a-minute, and Japanese knotweed
Researcher Spotlight: Jennifer Koch, Ph.D
We hear from Jennifer Koch, whose 32+ years of work and collaborations offer a glimmer of hope toward saving our native trees from forest pests, like the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
Researcher Spotlight: David Wong, Ph.D
NYISRI interviews Dr. David Wong, who seeks better solutions to managing aquatic invasive species, exploring novel tools like detection dogs.