One of few meadows in the Great Basin Desert
Sahara mustard invasion in the Sonoran Desert
Cheatgrass invasion post-fire

Monday, June 26, 2017 2:56 PM Posted by Bethany

What's New:

Interactions between fire, climate and invasive species are an emerging focus of lab activities, led by graduate student Emily Fusco. Our recent papers document the varying influence of human land use on fire ignitions in the western U.S. as well as the important role of human ignitions in expanding the spatial and seasonal extents of fire.

About the spatial ecology lab

Spatial ecology uses geographic patterns of species across landscapes and regions to uncover patterns that help us understand what influences distribution. We focus primarily on non-native invasive plants, with a goal of better understanding the biogeography of invasion risk. Our research investigates how global change interacts with species invasion to affect native ecosystems. The above image highlights potential shifts in kudzu distribution with temperature warming. (source)