Imagine having an amazing house party.
You’re there having a great time with your friends and family… and then BOOM! All of a sudden, a group of strangers shows up… Uninvited!
They start playing their own music…. and eating all of your food!
Not cool, eh?!
Well, this happens in nature… and it is starting to happen more often.
Due to urban development, species are migrating into areas where they don’t belong. They are known as invasive species.
These species can have devastating consequences to our local ecosystems, reducing biodiversity.
(^^^ INVADER!!! INTRUDER!!! TRESPASSER!! ^^^)
The ROUND GOBY fish (above) is one type of invasive species that has migrated to Peterborough …all the way from Europe! It is thought that the Round Goby got here through a bait bucket introduction in Hastings…and has spread all the way to Little Lake.
The Round Goby is competing with native species for resources (like food and water), and may begin to negatively affect many of our local #PTBO native species.
But have no fear! Rebecca Paton, 4th Year Biology student at Trent University, is here!
Rebecca is a #green hero.
Her research focuses on finding ways to identify potentially invasive species, such as the round goby, to prevent them from becoming invasive and causing harm to natural environments
She is looking for ways to protect our natural environment and prevent the potential detrimental effects that invaders may bring. She is testing a hypothesis that does not require detailed data on the invasive history of the species.
Rebecca is working closely with Professor Michael Fox and explains to us her Trent University experience:
“I was able to learn valuable skills through hands on learning opportunities with my project at Trent. From planning a project to working in the field and seeing it all come together, working in Dr. Fox’s lab here at Trent has been very rewarding and I have gained many valuable skills for my career. I am very thankful for the opportunity I have had to work on this project.”
Great work Rebecca – and thank you for working hard to protect our natural ecosystems.