NCEAS Project 12378

Applying population ecology to strategies for eradicating invasive forest insects

  • Andrew M. Liebhold
  • Deborah G. McCullough

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  

Abstract
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 populations, and economists with backgrounds in optimization and decision theory. This diverse group will assemble historical data and develop population models that capitalize on our knowledge of Allee effects, stochastic dynamics, and spatial ecology to formulate and optimize new strategies for eradicating alien species and for identifying conditions under which eradication is practical.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
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)