Researchers

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Jim Cronin

Jim is an evolutionary ecologist who works on the interactions between plants, herbivores, and their natural enemies. He also studies the ecology of invasive plants like Phragmites and maintains a common garden of Phragmites varieties from across the US.

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Rodrigo Diaz

Rodrigo studies the biological control of exotic pests and invasive species ecology. He is responsible for coordinating statewide surveys Roseau cane, documenting changes in plant communities in the lower Mississippi River, and recording the population dynamics of the exotic scale.

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Ian Knight

Ian is a recent Ph.D. graduate in Entomology from the University of Georgia. His previous work focused on the movement and spatial distribution of invasive species and their natural enemies in agricultural systems. He arrived at LSU in August 2017 to help manage roseau cane scale projects.

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Andy Nyman

Andy is a wetland wildlife ecologist who works on the management and restoration of coastal marshes and bottomland hardwood forests in the southeastern US. His research deals with coastal issues such as the response of coastal marshes to sea-level rise and petroleum pollution, and marsh restoration techniques.

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Blake Wilson

Blake is an assistant professor with the Entomology department. His research centers on the management of arthropod pests in rice and sugar cane. He is working to determine possible chemical management options for the scale if it becomes a pest in agricultural systems.

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Rodrigo Valverde

Rodrigo is a plant pathologist. He specializes in plant diseases caused by viruses and diseases of unknown etiology. His current research focuses on interactions between viruses, the host, plant pathogens, and herbivores.

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Dr. Meyerson

Dr. Meyerson is a professor at the University of Rhode Island and the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal, Biological Invasions. She studies invasive alien species at the regional and global scales with a focus Phragmites australis as a model species, and uses genetic tools to distinguish among P. australis populations.

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