The Prior Lab studies species interactions and invasion ecology. We explore how ecological interactions drive invasions, how invasions impact ecological systems, and how to manage invaded ecosystems. Our empirical work largely focuses on plant and insect interactions. Research is grounded in experimental field ecology, and we conduct work in several different ecosystems. Although a significant focus of our work is on invasions, we are also excited about species interactions in general. To this end, we often use invasions as natural experiments to answer questions about the ecology and evolution of species interactions, and how species interactions and traits drive community and ecosystem processes.
Thanks for your interest! Check out our research page for more information on what we do.
We are looking for PhD students to join the lab in 2018 - Details here.
Check out all opportunities to join the lab here.
May 2017: First field season is well underway! Suzy, Shannon, and Megan are out in the Pacific Northwest for the summer - collecting lots of galls and parasitoids.
February 2017: Congrats to Tim Morris for being awarded an Undergraduate Summer Scholar Fellowship!
October 2016: Pat Milligan's paper is out in Ecosphere! Invasive ants reduce diversity, but don't disrupt a key ecosystem function.
October 2016: We have a great group of undergraduate researchers working in the lab this semester. Welcome Gabriella, Sabina, Melissa, Tim, and Megan!
September 2016: We are super excited to welcome Susan Lee, our new (and first) graduate student, to the lab!
August 2016: Check our UF's "Featured Creature" on the jumping gall wasp
July 2016: New paper in press in Ecology about how species interactions shape beta-diversity in African savanna trees
June 2016: The Prior lab is starting at the University of Binghamton (SUNY) in August 2016!