Pests and Invasive Species

Measuring the risks posed by invasive species

While climate change is a burden to many species, it’s a boon to some non-native plants and animals. The sudden population growth and expansion of unchecked species can have a detrimental effect on native habitat, agriculture, and human health.

Environmental Resilience Institute researchers are working to understand the risks posed by disease-carrying insects, such as tick and mosquitoes, and how invasive species are affecting established ecosystems.

Assessing vector competence for Indiana mosquito populations

IU Associate Professor Irene Newton and her team are investigating the presence and distribution of disease-causing viruses in mosquitoes native to Indiana and identifying other microbial agents that may impact the ability of mosquitoes to carry and transmit viral pathogens.

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Project Vector Shield

To understand and guard against disease-carrying organisms such as ticks and mosquitoes, IU researchers are establishing a long-term surveillance network in Indiana called Project Vector Shield.

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Residential Tick Exposure Prevention Project

With the incidence of tick exposure on the rise in parts of Indiana, IU Assistant Professor Oghenekaro Omodior and his collaborators are investigating the causes of adverse health outcomes related to tick exposure and how to prevent such exposure, with an emphasis on managed ecosystems.

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RESTORE: Research, Education, and Stewardship to Restore our Environment

To improve public awareness of invasive species and how to manage them, this multi-partner initiative will offer workshops, establish a toolkit lending library, and engage Monroe County landowners as citizen scientists to investigate the ecological factors that contribute to successful control of invasive plant species and restoration of native plant communities.

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