Applying population ecology to strategies for eradicating invasive forest insects

Principal Investigators:

Andrew M. Liebhold, and Deborah G. McCullough

Eradication refers to management activities that result in the extirpation of a species from a given area. Despite the vast amounts of money and effort expended on eradication programs and their importance to mitigation of undesirable effects of non-indigenous species, a scientific basis for eradication founded on basic principles of population ecology is lacking. We plan to assemble a team comprised of applied ecologists familiar with invasive forest insects and eradication efforts, theoretical ecologists with expertise in the dynamics of low-density... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group20th—24th July 2009Participant List  
Working Group16th—19th March 2010Participant List  
Working Group8th—12th November 2010Participant List  
Working Group28th—31st August 2011Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Ludek Berecberec@entu.cas.czInstitute of Entomology
Julie BlackwoodJulie.C.Blackwood@williams.eduUniversity of California, Davis
Rebecca Epanchin-Niellbeckyniell@gmail.comUniversity of California, Davis
Robert G. Haightrhaight@fs.fed.usUSDA Forest Service
Alan Hastingsamhastings@ucdavis.eduUniversity of California, Davis
Dan Hermsherms.2@osu.eduOhio State University
John M. Keanjohn.kean@agresearch.co.nzAgResearch (formally New Zealand Pastoral Agricultural Research Institute)
Danny C. Leedclee@fs.fed.usUS Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Andrew M. Liebholdaliebhold@gmail.comUSDA Forest Service
Deborah G. McCulloughmccullo6@msu.eduMichigan State University
David M. Sucklingmax.suckling@plantandfood.co.nzNew Zealand Pastoral Agricultural Research Institute
Patrick Tobinpc.tobin@gmail.comUSDA Forest Service
Takehiko Yamanakaapple@affrc.go.jpNational Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Steve Normanstevenorman@fs.fed.usUSDA Forest Service

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Berec, Ludek; Kean, John M.; Epanchin-Niell, Rebecca; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Haight, Robert G. 2015. Designing efficient surveys: spatial arrangement of sample points for detection of invasive species. Biological Invasions. Vol: 17. Pages 445-459.
Journal Article Blackwood, Julie; Berec, Ludek; Yamanaka, Takehiko; Epanchin-Niell, Rebecca; Hastings, Alan; Liebhold, Andrew M. 2012. Bioeconomic synergy between tactics for insect eradication in the presence of allee effects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Vol: 279(1739). Pages 2807-2815. (Online version)
Presentations Epanchin-Niell, Rebecca. 2010. Optimizing insect eradication through bioeconomic approaches. Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, December 12-15 2010. San Diego.
Presentations Epanchin-Niell, Rebecca. 2011. Optimizing insect eradication through bioeconomic approaches. 22nd USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species, January 11-14, 2011. Annapollis, MD.
Journal Article Epanchin-Niell, Rebecca; Haight, Robert G.; Berec, Ludek; Kean, John M.; Liebhold, Andrew M. 2012. Optimal surveillance and eradication of invasive species in heterogeneous landscapes. Ecology Letters. Vol: 15(8). Pages 803-812. (Online version)
Presentations Hastings, Alan. 2011. Interacting Allee effects and eradication strategies. 22nd USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species, January 11-14, 2011. Annapollis, MD.
Presentations Liebhold, Andrew M.; Tobin, Patrick. 2010. Allee effects and their exploitation in eradication. Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, December 12-15 2010. San Diego.
Journal Article Liebhold, Andrew M. 2011. Advancing the scientific basis for insect eradication. 22nd USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species, January 11-14, 2011. Annapollis, MD.
Presentations Suckling, David M. 2010. The New Zealand experience with insect eradication. Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, December 12-15 2010. San Diego.
Journal Article Suckling, David M.; Tobin, Patrick; McCullough, Deborah G.; Herms, Dan. 2012. Combining tactics to exploit Allee effects for eradication of alien insect populations. Journal of Economic Entomology. Vol: 105(1). Pages 1-13. (Online version)
Presentations Tobin, Patrick; Kean, John M.; Herms, Dan; McCullough, Deborah G.; Suckling, David M.; Yamanaka, Takehiko. 2010. Analysis of historical insect eradication programs. Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, December 12-15 2010. San Diego.
Presentations Tobin, Patrick. 2011. Analysis of historical insect eradication programs. 22nd USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species, January 11-14, 2011. Annapollis, MD.
Journal Article Tobin, Patrick; Berec, Ludek; Liebhold, Andrew M. 2011. Exploiting Allee effects for managing biological invasions. Ecology Letters. Vol: 14. Pages 615-624. (Online version)
Journal Article Tobin, Patrick; Kean, John M.; Suckling, David M.; McCullough, Deborah G.; Herms, Dan; Stringer, Lloyd D. 2014. Determinants of successful arthropod eradication programs. Biological Invasions. Vol: 16. Pages 401-414.
"Applying population ecology to strategies for eradicating invasive forest insects " is project ID: 12378