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.
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I am looking for a PhD student to join the lab in 2018 - Details here.
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Aug 2017: Kirsten is headed to ESA to give two talks. One on ant-plant mutualisms (Tues. @ 4:00 COS 66), and an Ignite talk on invasions and seed dispersal (Thurs @ 8:00 IGN 18).
Aug 2017: Excited to welcome our new Ph.D. student, Carmela Buono to the lab! Carmela is coming to us from Rutgers and will be working on invasive species and seed dispersal.
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!