OPTIONAL Pre-Conference Workshop on Invasive Species
Advances in Research and Management of Invasive Exotic Species in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem
Monday, April 20, 2015 -- 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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FEE TO ATTEND: $25.00
ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Attendance is limited to 85 people and you must register for GEER in order to participate. You will be able to sign up for the workshop through the GEER online registration process. Participants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis, but no later than March 20th, 2015.
- Frank J. Mazzotti (University of Florida)
- Michael S. Cherkiss (United States Geological Survey)
- LeRoy Rodgers (South Florida Water Management
Objective: Workshop participants will learn about the latest developments in research and management of invasive exotic species in the Greater Everglades ecosystem.
Background: The Greater Everglades Ecosystem is vulnerable to introduction, establishment, and spread of non-native species because of its subtropical climate, major ports of entry, and the pet, aquarium, and ornamental plant industries. Invasive exotic plants and animals are causing increasing environmental and economic problems in south Florida. The Greater Everglades Ecosystem is imperiled by numerous threats, and is the location of the largest ecosystem scale restoration program in the world. Invasive exotic species may diminish the return on ecosystem restoration investment and threaten ecosystem functions and services, cultural values, recreational opportunities, and economic interests vital to the health of the entire state of Florida. Progress has been made in defining the problem with invasive wildlife, and lessons have been learned from the longer battle with invasive plants. This workshop will provide a forum for exchange of ideas among researchers and between researchers and managers.
Workshop Benefits: At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will have a better understanding of current issues and emerging trends in invasive exotic species research and management.