Issues and Biodiversity Podcast 2

judy metcalf and Amy Sullivan

Episode 2: Invasive Species

Dragonfly team members and instructors Amy Sullivan, Judy Metcalf, and Kevin Matteson discuss the following required readings for this discussion as well as their interactions with invasive species. Enjoy!

Notable quotes:

“When you have a small annual grass (cheatgrass) out West that is replacing shrubland and juniper woodland, that is pretty substantial structural change! – Amy

“The deliberately introduced zebra mussels to clear up the water not realizing the unintended consequences.” – Judy 

“… then he (Simberloff 2011) starts talking about beavers, and mussels, and things that change the physical structure of environments… when they do that they also change the nutrient cycles.” – Kevin 

Readings Discussed

  • Simberloff, D. (2011). How common are invasion-induced ecosystem impacts?. Biological Invasions, 13(5), 1255-1268.
  • Meyerson, L. A., & Mooney, H. A. (2007). Invasive alien species in an era of globalization. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 5(4), 199-208.
  • Pejchar, L., & Mooney, H. A. (2009). Invasive species, ecosystem services, and human well-being. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 24(9), 497-504.Simberloff, D. (2011). How common are invasion-induced ecosystem impacts?. Biological Invasions, 13(5), 1255-1268.