Tiffany Christian on Invasive SpeciesHow do you track a tiny bug invading the mountainous forests of the Appalachia? With statistics!
Typical invasive species that pop to mind tend to be large animals like the common carp in the Mississippi River, or species obviously detrimental to their non-native habitat like zebra mussels in the Great Lakes. But what about smaller species that are difficult to spot and that are located in remote areas of the country? It turns out, researchers can use statistical methods to help assess remote ecosystems that may be in danger. In the case of today’s topic, we take a look at the invasive wooly adelgid in the Appalachian mountains.
Remember, for the rest of this mini season, we have a recurring guest joining us! Meet Carry the Two’s Statistician-in-Residence, Tiffany Christian! She’s a PhD student in the Statistics department at Northwestern University and will be leading us through some fascinating research.
Find our transcript here: LINK
Curious to learn more? Check out these additional links:
Find the research we discuss in this episode here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378112713008219
Learn about the topics covered in IMSI’s fall program, Confronting Global Climate Change: https://www.imsi.institute/activities/confronting-global-climate-change/
Follow Tiffany Christian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiffany-christian-733137b5/
This episode was audio engineered by Tyler Damme.
Music by Blue Dot Sessions.