Thousands of introduced species have taken up residence in the
US, posing serious threats to agriculture, human health, and the integrity of
our lands and waters.
As a major port of entry, New York State, with its vast natural
and agricultural resources, is vulnerable to damage from many of these invasive
NYISRI serves the scientific research community, natural resource and land managers, and state offices and sponsored organizations by promoting information-sharing and developing recommendations and implementation protocols for research, funding, and management, all in an effort to improve the scientific basis of invasive species management.
Spotlight on Research
Is the emerald ash borer lurking in other parts of New York State? What do we stand to lose when it becomes established?
These important questions motivate the research of Dr. Melissa Fierke, Assistant Professor of Forest Entomology at SUNY-ESF, and her students, Warren Hellman and Pete Rockermann.
Dr. Fierke has a long-standing research interest in wood-boring insects, and the recent detection of the emerald ash borer (EAB, Agrilus planipennis) in Randolph, NY, presents new opportunities...Read more.
Video: Dr. Fierke talks with the Syracuse Post-Standard about EAB and its impacts.
Photo:David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org