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

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Ranjan Muthukrishnan