Our faculty conduct research aimed at controlling invasive plants and animals and, in turn, reducing the billions of dollars in damage these noxious non-native species cause the U.S. economy. Our research has real-world applications in protecting agriculture, fish, wildlife, and human health. Faculty explore ways to keep invasive species from displacing native plants and animals and lessening biological diversity, which can cause both economic and ecological harm. They also research ways to prevent the non-native species from increasing erosion, eliminating endangered or threatened plants and animals, and creating aesthetic and other problems for people who enjoy and value our natural land and water.