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Invasive Species

Course Numbers: CZMT - 0778;  OCMB - 9901; MEVS 5600

This online course will cover the main biological and historical aspects of invasive species ecology, with a particular emphasis on aquatic systems.  Particular emphasis is placed on the development of government policies regarding invasive species and the state, U.S. federal, and international management measures intended to control the effects of current invasive species and to minimize the risk of future introductions.  Students will be provided with several seminal, peer-reviewed articles and other supporting materials regarding the topic of the week and expected to read and comment to the class about their content.

Students will be know:

  •  Basic biological and ecological concepts regarding exotic and invasive species.
  • The historical causes of invasive species introductions and why additional introductions are likely to occur.
  • How to measure the ecological and economic impacts of current invasive species and model the impacts of future invasions.
  • Basic mechanical, chemical, and biological controls of invasive species.
  • How government policy and management actions are developed at state, national, and international levels.


No textbook will be required for the course.  However, two books -- "Invasion Biology" by Mark Davis (ISBN-13: 978-0199218769) and "Invasion Ecology" by Julie Lockwood (ISBN-13: 978-1444333657) provide additional background information on many of the topics for the first half of the course.  Peer-reviewed papers, agency reports, and other written materials will be provided to the class by the instructor through the NSU online course portal for each of the lecture periods, which you will be required to read and comment upon within two weeks.

Summer 2015 Syllabus

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