Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC)
New paper on suitability of Starry stonewort habitat
MAISRC researchers Luis Escobar, Nick Phelps, Dan Larkin, and Carli Wagner, in conjunction with Huijie Qiao (Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing) recently published a new paper, Realized niche shift associated with the Eurasian charophyte Nitellopsis obtusa becoming invasive in North America. The paper discusses using ecological niche modeling to predict suitable habitat for the invasive algae starry stonewort. Researchers used species records, climate data, and remotely sensed environmental variables to characterize the species' multidimensional distribution and found that starry stonewort is exploiting novel ecological niche space in its introduced range, which may help explain its invasiveness.