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CBER Research Talk - Dr Laura Cardador - 5 November 2018

Start: Nov 5, 2018 1:00:00 PM
End: Nov 5, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Title: "Invasion success of recent unintentional bird introductions"
Speaker: Dr Laura Cardador - Marie Curie Research Fellow
Host: Dr Alex Pigot (email)
Venue: Watson LT, Medawar Building (map)
Abstract: Awareness of the negative impact of biological invasions and the critical need for effective management have led to an extended body of research assessing the factors driving invasion success so as to predict invasion outcomes. Bird invasions have been frequently used as study models, with most of our current understanding relying on species purposefully introduced during the 19th and early 20th centuries in countries colonized by Europeans. However, the profile of exotic bird species has changed profoundly in the last decades, as birds are now mostly introduced into the invasion process through unplanned releases from the worldwide pet and avicultural trade. In this talk I will address the role of the three main drivers of invasion success (i.e., event-, species-, and location-level factors) on the establishment and spatial spread of recent unintentional bird introductions and how wild-bird trade regulations can affect invasion risks.