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Plant and insect biodiversity can contribute to crucial ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, including pollination and biological control.

From left: Dave Sandy, Eric Nord, Dave Mortensen, Matt Ryan, and Rich Smith

The goal of our research is to inform the development of integrated, multi-tactical weed and crop management strategies that are both economically and ecologically sustainable.

Our lab’s interest in weedy plants in agroecosystems is paralleled by our work on invasive species in forest systems. We are studying population dynamics and spatial distributions of forest invasive species including Microstegium vimieum (Japanese stiltgrass).

We are interested in the pattern and process of dispersal and how dispersal impacts management of invasive weed species. Currently several projects in the lab examine seed transported along roads and in the atmosphere.

We work with land managers to preserve unique plant communities and create and maintain high-value habitats. Our work includes invasive plant species management planning and training, research on suppressing invasive species and release and establishment of native plant species, and development of technical and training publications.