Biological Control of an Invasive Plant: What's Going On? [S-23-7]
|Jessica (Jess) Pearson
|SUNY Potsdam: Maxcy 104
|2 Sessions 1.5 hours
|Wed 10:00 AM 04/19, 04/26
Since 2017, Dr. Jess Rogers has been mapping the purple menace known as purple loosestrife along roadsides in the North Country. To help begin to control this plant’s threat to wetlands, she and students have been raising an intensive leaf-eating beetle hatchery each summer. We'll talk about what an invasive species is, what are biological controls, and we’ll use the purple loosestrife as an example that might be showing some local success.
Dr. Jess Rogers grew up in Potsdam and is now an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY Potsdam. She studies landscape level change, focusing on threats like invasive plants and issues related to climate change.