Climate Change and Range Expansion of Invasive Plants

$170,000 to develop and validate predictive distribution models of high-priority invasive species under current and future climates. Research will focus on nine weeds on the Minnesota’s noxious weed list: Palmer amaranth, narrowleaf bittercress, oriental bittersweet, brown knapweed, black swallow-wort, Grecian foxglove, common teasel, Japanese hops, and Dalmatian toadflax.  This work will improve detection and establish priorities for eradication and management. Principal investigator is David Moeller, professor of plant biology.

David Moeller, principal investigator
Ryan Brisco Runquist, post-doctoral associate
Peter Tiffin, co-investigator