The SFA National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) will host their 2nd annual environmental symposium on Saturday, March 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. in Forestry Room 117.
This year’s event, Invasive Species: Environmental Menace, will present a range of experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, the University of Texas at Arlington and SFA to address the history, effects and status of invasive species locally and across the U.S.
“We use the symposiums as a way to spread awareness of important ecological topics throughout the community,” said Elena Thomas, NAEP president. “Invasive species are one of the most important issues affecting both our local and global community.”
Thomas and NAEP vice-president Mallorie Nicholson said the symposium will also focus on viable solutions to the problems posed by invasives.
Invasive species to be addressed during the symposium include exotic earthworms, zebra mussels, soapberry and the emerald ash borer. SFA’s Dr. Shiyou Li will also discuss his groundbreaking research on endocide usage to effectively control giant salvinia, as well as its potential for broader applications in invasive species management.