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Tracking the Spread of Hitchhiking Exotic Species


Dec 5, 2019
06:00 PM until 08:00 PM


Join the Wagner Free Institute of Science for a Weeknights at the Wagner illustrated lecture by Jocelyn Behm, Ph.D. and our annual Member Reception.

Invasive species can cause major economic and ecological damage. To halt their impacts, it is critical to understand how they spread to new locations. Some of the most successful invasive species hitchhike on human transportation systems to spread to new locations.

In this lecture, we will explore this hitchhiking phenomenon and learn about lizards that hitchhike to new locations in the Caribbean and the invasive spotted lanternfly that has hitchhiked its way from China to Pennsylvania and beyond. To conduct this research we integrate data from field studies, experiments using 3D printing technology, analyses of museum specimens, landscape genetics, social media mining, and more!

The Wagner's museum will be open until the talk begins at 6 p.m. Our annual Member Reception follows the talk and is free for members, $10 for non-members.


Free, Member Reception is $10 for non-members.


View map Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 W. Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

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Wagner Free Institute of Science


2157636529 x24

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Coryn Wolk

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