Emerald ash borer, other invasive species focus of April 19 talk

By UW-Barron County

The emerald ash borer and Asian carp are well known invasive species and have been the subject of numerous news reports during the past few years. However, the majority of these invaders are not as newsworthy. “In fact, most people do not realize the scale and scope of invasive species around the world, both locally and abroad,” according to Steve Curran, a geography lecturer at UW-Barron County.

Curran will take a closer look at some of invasive species in the United States, Wisconsin and Barron County during a presentation at UW-Barron County on April 19, noon to 1 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234). “You may be surprised to learn that your local farms, grocery stores and homes are hosts to numerous species that are not native to this area,” he said.

Curran has taught geography at UW-Barron County since 2013. His talk is part of the university’s Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UW-Whitewater in Physical and Environmental Geography and a master’s in Science in Geography from Pennsylvania State University. His research interests are primarily in tornadoes and severe weather climatology but include land-surface changes and invasive species. 

The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call the campus at 715-234-8176.


Brian Becker