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 Asian Carp -Invasive Species


February 17 @12PM CT

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Dr Cory Suski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The research in his lab can be defined as ‘ecological physiology’ as he combines laboratory and field studies to determine the ecological and physiological mechanisms that control abundance and distribution in freshwater aquatic organisms.While his research is grounded in basic biology, many of my projects work to generate novel conservation strategies to protect freshwater ecosystems. Freshwater fishes are an ideal model system for this research because their diversity and abundance provides me with opportunity to examine these issues while considering evolutionary and trophic relationships.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences(NRES) is an interdisciplinary unit in applied sciences that brings biological, physical, and social scientists together to identify, teach, and publicize solutions for the sustainability of urban, managed, and natural ecosystems from the local to global scale.NRES provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities. Many alumni of our B.S. program have gone on to complete graduate and professional degrees. Our graduates work in environmental science and natural resource management positions in government, corporations, consulting firms, and non-governmental organizations. NRES also offers traditional Master of Science, online Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Our graduate students gain employment with research universities, government agencies, national and international non-governmental organizations, and business enterprises.All NRES educational and research programs center on science, applied ecology, and conservation in a variety of aquatic, terrestrial and human dominated ecosystems. Within that framework, our faculty, staff, and students study a wide variety of ecological systems with emphases on soil, water, people and social systems, forests, plants, animals, and microbes. Much of our research focuses on natural and social processes, such as habitat fragmentation, regulation, dispersal, disturbance, invasion, bioactivity, and decision-making. We research and work in locations locally, across the United States, and around the world.

Topic: “Developing new barriers to stop the movement of invasive Asian carp”

Invasive species can have a number of negative consequences for ecosystems that range from altering habitats to outcompeting native organisms.  Rivers in the Midwestern United States currently are experiencing an invasion of Asian carp.  These fishes, brought to the US to clean fish farms, are the most abundant fishes in many Midwestern rivers, and have the potential to spread into the Great Lakes through shipping canals.  This presentation describes recent research to develop and deploy a novel barrier that uses carbon dioxide gas to stop the movement of fishes.  This barrier has potential to be a new ‘tool’ that can help managers stop the spread of Asian carp, and reduce the chances that they enter the Great Lakes.

Pre-webinar Resources: Dr Suski would appreciate everyone watching this video prior to his presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPeg1tbBt0A