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I investigate how past and current environmental perturbations such as climate change, fires, and the introduction of non-native species have influenced animal and plant population dynamics. My work is conducted on a variety of empirical systems, including insects, frogs, and plants. My passion for conserving biodiversity has motivated me to combine elements of basic and applied research in my research program.

Currently my research focuses on developing science-based and ecologically-informed models that can help agricultural decision makers with managing and monitoring pests, their crop hosts, and their natural enemies. These models can help decision-markers detect invasive species before they can establish and spread, reduce abundance of pests before they cause widespread damage, release biological control agents in locations which optimize pest pressure, and increase reliance on beneficial species over chemical pest control methods. My previous research has focused on 1) combining and analyzing remote sensing and ecological data sets to measure patterns and drivers of vegetation change through time; and 2) characterizing and identifying the types and sources of genetic variation that shape the movement and demographics of plant and animal populations.

I am currently a Research Associate with the Oregon Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. Previously, I worked as an Ecologist with the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Boise, Idaho, and I completed a PERT postdoctoral research fellowship in the Dlugosch Lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Department at the University of Arizona.

Contact Info:

Oregon IPM Center Oregon State University - Coast Range Lab Building 4575 Research Way Corvallis, OR 97333 E-mail: brittany.barker@oregonstate.edu