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Invasive Species Subject of Talk at AMK Ranch

July 18, 2009

Canada thistle and white pine blister rust,  exotic species within the Greater Yellowstone National Park ecosystem, are the subjects of the summer seminar series lecture Thursday, July 23, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

University of Wyoming Assistant Professor of Botany Dan Tinker will speak at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

Tinker will discuss "Canada Thistle and White Pine Blister Rust: A Tale of Two Invasives." The two exotic species were introduced into the United States and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem from Europe and Asia. He will compare and contrast the species introductions into the Teton-Yellowstone system, life history characteristics, impacts and possible future scenarios regarding their persistence in the region.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and governmental scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Area.

Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009


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