900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521
In the Wilson Rankin lab, we study invasive species ecology, investigating species interactions and their effects on food webs and ecosystem services both at the landscape-level (such as invasive species removal and mitigation) and the individual-level (such as foraging strategies and genetic diet analyses). Much of our work involves native pollinators and invasive social insects in and across the interface of agricultural, natural and urban landscapes. Specific areas of current research involve the effects of drought and fire on pollinator health and diversity, life history evolution of invasive species, disruption of ecosystem services by invasive generalists and trophic impacts of multi-channel omnivory.
Educational and Employment Opportunities
We are currently looking for an undergraduate researcher to join ongoing pollination and invasion biology studies for Winter Quarter 2016. In addition, there may be opportunities for undergraduate students interested in conducting independent research in invasion ecology.