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"Preventing the Arrival of Invasive Species:
Ecological and Economic Models to Support Policy"

Reuben Keller
Assistant Professor
Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University, Chicago

Monday, January 30, 2017
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414


"Dr. Keller brings insightful understanding of the ecological and economic impacts of invasive species to the process of shaping effective policies to manage them. The interdisciplinary nature of his work means that there will be something for everyone, and it will be of great interest to the broader Bren community."

— Elizabeth Hiroyasu, PhD Student Host

Invasive species are introduced through a range of vectors, including the pet and nursery trades, global shipping, and aquaculture. Although the threat of invasions is large and well known there has been little policy developed to reduce the risks. One reason for the lack of policy has been a strong research focus on the ecological impacts of invasive species while very little work has been done on the economic impacts, or on how new policy can be written and enacted. I will present and discuss recent advances in combined ecological and economic models of the invasion process and how they can inform policies that would better meet local, national, and international goals of reducing the financial and biodiversity impacts of invasive species.

Reuben Keller completed his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame, focusing on the development of risk-assessment tools for aquatic species, and the integration of those tools with economic models to determine best policy. After completing his PhD in 2006 Dr. Keller held post-doctoral positions at Cambridge University, Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago. In 2011 he joined the faculty at Loyola University Chicago. His research is focused on identifying the ways that non-native freshwater species are moved across the globe and preventing species invasions.

NOTE: Bren seminars are hosted by Bren faculty members and are generally high-level talks about research in a particular area of environmental science and management.


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