Can we restore ecological services by managing invasive species?
Freshwater wetland in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Brown patches are giant salvina controlled by the salvinia weevil.
Biological Control and Invasive Species
Wahl,C., Diaz, R. and J. Ortiz. 2020. Aquatic Invasions In Press.
After habitat destruction, invasive species are responsible for vast losses of biodiversity and ecological services. Despite large efforts to prevent their arrival, new invasive species are detected every day and lots of resources are needed to control them. Our laboratory studies the ecology of invasive species and discovers methods to improve biological control as a tool for pest management.
We are located in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University in beautiful Baton Rouge.