Category Archives: Invasive Species

DNA Analysis of River Water

DNA Analysis of River Water

DNA analysis has become commonplace and inexpensive.  Millions of people have their DNA tested to learn about their origins and family connections.  And the technology has spread to biological research in the form of Environmental DNA or eDNA, which is such a powerful tool that it is transforming the field of wildlife biology.

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A Helpful Invader

A Helpful Invader

Invasive species are a great concern for the health and stability of ecosystems.  They are defined as plants, animals or pathogens that are non-native to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm.  It is that latter consideration that isn’t always obvious. Continue Reading

Wiping Out Wildlife

Wiping Out Wildlife

According to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund, the world’s animal populations have suffered widespread population declines in the last half century.  And thousands of species are now scrambling to survive.  Continue Reading

Nile Crocodiles In Florida

Nile Crocodiles In Florida

Nobody really knows how many alligators live in Florida.  It’s estimated that there are anywhere from 1.3 million to 2 million alligators in the Sunshine State, which means there’s one gator for every 10-15 Floridians.  It’s this ratio that makes it just about impossible for someone living in Florida not to encounter an alligator at… Continue Reading

Tiny Forest Pests Cause Big Problems

Tiny Forest Pests Cause Big Problems

Each year, more than 25 million shipping containers enter the U.S.  All too often, highly destructive forest pests are lurking among their imported goods. Wood boring insects arrive as stowaways in wood packaging, such as pallets and crates. Other forest pests and pathogens hitchhike in on foreign-reared plants bound for American nurseries. Continue Reading