Ranjan Muthukrishnan, Invasive Species Ecologist Fellow - Indiana University
Education and Appointments
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2013 - 2018
- Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013
- B.A. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
AIS Area of Interest
Dr. Muthukrishnan’s research aims to understand, predict, and help control and prevent the spread of invasive species in Indiana and beyond. These invasive organisms – which can be plants, animals, or even bacteria or fungi – are transported through human activity to new environments, where their growth may not be limited by natural predators or other constraints of their native habitats. By definition, an invasive species causes some type of harm that affects humans either directly (such as through illness, property damage, or agricultural impacts) or indirectly by disrupting ecosystems in ways that make them more vulnerable to stresses.
His current MAISRC research project, Managing Midwestern aquatic invasions in a changing climate, is one component of a larger study funded by the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge Initiative administered by the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University.
AIS Species of Study
Current MAISRC projects
- Muthukrishnan, R., Sleith, R., Karol, K., & Larkin, D. (2018). Prediction of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) invasion risk in upper Midwest (USA) lakes using ecological niche models. Aquatic Botany, 151, 43–50.
- Wesley J. Glisson, Carli K. Wagner, Steven R. McComas, Kevin Farnum, Michael R. Verhoeven, Ranjan Muthukrishnan & Daniel J. Larkin (2018) Response of the invasive alga starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) to control efforts in a Minnesota lake, Lake and Reservoir Management, DOI: 10.1080/10402381.2018.1442893
- Muthukrishnan, R. , Hansel‐Welch, N. and Larkin, D. J. (2018), Environmental filtering and competitive exclusion drive biodiversity‐invasibility relationships in shallow lake plant communities. J Ecol. Accepted Author Manuscript. . doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12963
- Muthukrishnan, R., J.O. Lloyd-Smith and P. Fong. 2016. Mechanisms of resilience: Strong positive feedbacks produce alternate stable states dynamics on a tropical reef. Journal of Ecology.
- Muthukrishnan, R., N.M. West, A.S. Davis, N.R. Jordan, and J.D. Forester. 2015. Evaluating the role of landscape in the spread of invasive species: The case of the biomass crop Miscanthus × giganteus. Ecological Modeling.
- Pittman, S.E., R. Muthukrishnan, N.M. West, A.S. Davis, N.R. Jordan, and J.D. Forester. 2015. Mitigating the Potential for Invasive Spread of the Exotic Biofuel Crop, Miscanthus x gigaenteus. Biological invasions.