Managing invasive species neatly fits within the rubric of a “wicked problem”, with outcomes contingent on where and when a species occurs, socioeconomic factors that vary among stakeholders, and rarely a single answer that satisfies all concerned. Scientists at NPWRC work closely with resource managers to clarify effects invasive species have on native species and ecosystems so that managers may prioritize their efforts and focus on those invasive species posing the greatest threat. Methods of control and their implications for non-target species are also a focus of research at NPWRC. As invasive species increasingly fill niches and interact mutualistically with native species, for example as resources for native pollinators, their control becomes more than simply an exercise in killing the invader, but also requires extensive planning to replace functional roles they have come to fill.
- Assessing vegetation control for federally listed species: piping plovers, Pitcher's thistle, and Houghton's goldenrod
- Determine strategies for efficient early detection of invasive plants after prescribed fire
- Ecological effects of invasive species
- Effects of invasive plants and pollen limitations on seed set of Eriogonium visheri
- Evaluation of methods for Canada thistle-free habitat restoration
- Larson Lab: Ecological Effects of Invasive Species
- Measuring the effects of high flows on channel morphology and the mortality and colonization of Phragmites australis on the Central Platte River, Nebraska
- Native prairie adaptive management: A multi-region, adaptive approach to invasive plant management on Fish and Wildlife Service-owned native prairies
- Plant-soil feedback as a driver of plant invasions of mixed-grass prairie
- Restoration of leafy spurge sites at national parks and wildlife refuges of the northern Great Plains
- What role does prescribed fire play in managing annual bromes in northern Great Plains grasslands?