An introduction to biological invasions
About the Event:
Invasive species are among the most important drivers of global change. In the Anthropocene humans are moving around an unprecedented number of species, which produce a growing number of ecological and economic problems. The impacts of invasive species include those on human health and wellbeing and species’ extinctions, and they are estimated to cost billions of dollars annually at a global scale. In this seminar I will lecture on what invasive species are, their ecological and economical impacts, and the tools we have to control and prevent their spread.
About the Speaker:
Martín Nuñez is a forest ecologist with broad interests in community, ecosystem, and invasion ecology and belowground processes. He obtained his PhD at the University of Tennessee, USA, and has conducted research in many tropical, subtropical, and temperate locations. He is currently a professor at the National University of Comahue and a Researcher at CONICET, Argentina. He also serves as Senior Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology, as well as a handling editor of other international scientific journals. He has published to date ca. 90 scientific papers, many in international journals such as Ecology, PNAS, Nature Plants, New Phytologist, and Global Change Biology. His main research focus is on invasion in forest ecosystems and the role of belowground processes in plant species coexistence and colonization.