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​An Introduction to Biological Invasions

Published on: 22-May-2019

Event Type: Seminar
Event Date: 22 May 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Venue: ASE 3-D Visualization Lab (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Dr. Martín Nuñez

About the speaker:

I am a forest ecologist with broad interests in community, ecosystem, and invasion ecology and belowground processes. I obtained my PhD at the University of Tennessee, USA, and I have conducted research in many tropical, subtropical and temperate locations. I am currently a professor at the National University of Comahue and a Researcher at CONICET, Argentina. I also serve as Senior Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology, as well as a handling editor of other international scientific journals. I have published to date ca. 90 scientific papers, many in international journals such as Ecology, PNAS, Nature Plants, New Phytologist, and Global Change Biology. My main research focus is on invasion in forest ecosystems and the role of belowground processes in plant species coexistence and colonization.


About the event:

Invasive species are among the most important drivers of global change. In the Anthropocene humans are moving around an unprecedented number of species, which produce a growing number of ecological and economic problems. The impacts of invasive species include those on human health and wellbeing and species’ extinctions, and they are estimated to cost billions of dollars annually at a global scale. In this seminar I will lecture on what invasive species are, their ecological and economical impacts, and the tools we have to control and prevent their spread.

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