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Schulz, Ashley [1], Lucardi, Rima [2], Marsico, Travis [3].

The Quest for Common Ground: An Evaluation of Communication Effort between the Fields of Invasion Ecology and Biocontrol Using Bibliometric Analysis.

Non-native, invasive species are one of the most perturbing forces altering ecosystems on our planet today. Biological control agents are sometimes introduced into invaded ecosystems to combat these non-native, invasive species. Frequently, biological control agents are also non-native species, so their impacts are variable with respect to efficacy and non-target effects, referred to as “fighting fire with fire.” Given the similarity between non-native, invasive species and their biological control agents, the fields of invasion ecology and biological control should have natural overlap in terms of mechanisms, processes and conceptual ideas, and, we assume, openly communicate across disciplines. For this study, we reviewed insect invasion and biological control literature from the last ten years (2006-2015) to evaluate researcher papers from both identified disciplines, and if they were communicating through shared literature. We also assessed primary literature in general invasion ecology and biological control literature with the documented stages of invasion for non-native, invasive species and biological control agents. Through bibliometric analysis, we show that biological control literature primarily cites other biological control studies, while invasion literature primarily cites other invasion studies. It is evident that these two groups of research, with natural overlap, require improved communication between them. Therefore, we propose a new framework, incorporating the stages of invasion of non-native, invasive species and biological control agents, where biological control agents, which are also non-native species, can provide researchers an unconventional model to further improve the study of invasion biology.

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1 - Arkansas State University, Department of Biological Sciences, PO Box 599, State University, AR, 72467, USA
2 - USDA Forest Service - Southern Research Station, 320 Green Street, Athens , GA, 30602, USA
3 - Arkansas State University, Department Of Biological Sciences, PO Box 599, State University, AR, 72467, USA

biological control
interdisciplinary communication
invasion ecology
invasive species.

Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Ecology
Location: Exhibit Hall/Omni Hotel
Date: Monday, June 26th, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 6:15 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PEC004
Abstract ID:134
Candidate for Awards:Ecological Section Best Graduate Student Poster

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