Biological Threats Research Program
Biological threats to wildlife can come from diseases, parasites, or invasive species, and can cause sweeping changes across important ecosystems. WERC scientists lead studies that investigate the source and effects of biological threats to environments across California, Nevada, and Pacific islands. Our projects include informing the restoration of ecosystems, for example by investigating effects and control of invasive plant or animal species concurrent with understanding factors that enhance native species, or discerning the role of natural predators in complex food webs that can control parasites infections in wildlife and humans. Click on the projects below to learn more.