Invasive and Pest Species

Jaimie Dick, Professor of Invasion Ecology

Invasive non-native species, and those native species that become pests, cost the global economy £Trillions per annum – in the UK alone, invasive species cost £1.7Billion annually. Further, the rate of animal and plant invasions in the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments is increasing and hence their threat to global food supplies and economies is growing. The aim of this theme is to develop novel methods to understand, predict and ameliorate the impacts of invasive and pest species and hence protect human food sources and other essential resources, such as forestry. We cover a wide diversity of habitats and taxa and have strong links with local organisations and stakeholders, such as AFBI, DARD and NIEA (see and global connections through research in Europe, N. America, Africa and elsewhere.