Ecology and management of weedy and invasive plant species in a resilient agroecosystem context

Mission: Our research seeks to integrate empirical and theoretical understanding of the ecology of weedy and invasive plant species, and their host ecosystems, to develop cost-effective, environmentally sound management approaches.

Above: empty giant foxtail (Setaria faberi) caryopses lie scattered under a senescing soybean canopy, their insides eaten by post-dispersal seed predators such as mice, ground beetles and crickets. Background photo: combine harvester screenings after corn harvest reveal how the timing of weed seed maturation has evolved to exploit crop harvest technology to aid seed dispersal.