Eat 'Em to Beat 'Em

Eat 'Em to Beat 'Em

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Invasive Species, Wealth of Nations, Stepdads, Hostile Bosses

Episode: Invasive Species, Wealth of Nations, Stepdads, Hostile Bosses

  • Mar 4, 2015 10:00 pm
  • 22:57 mins

(1:17) Guest: Matt Barnes, Assistant Professor in Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University. Co-founder of  This weekend marked the end of the National Invasive Species Awareness Week.  The EPA defines an invasive species as “a plant or animal that is non-native to an ecosystem, and whose introduction is likely to cause economic, human health, or environmental damage in that ecosystem. Once established, it is extremely difficult to control their spread.” These species grow rapidly and are causing some concern. Some Notre Dame graduate students decided to take this threat head on, and come up with a way to fight back against invasive species in a very unique way.  “We focus mostly on the education. The idea of eating invasive species all started with exhausted biology students at the field station. We were unwinding one evening with a tongue and cheek eat your study dinner. We noticed that those non-harmful invasive species were on our plate and we started to wonder if we were on to something,” says Barnes.  “The website gives us a chance to talk about biological invasions more generally. It allows us to provide education on invasions,” says Barnes.  “It’s a topic that is unknown to a lot of people and I think with these creative approaches like eating invasive species is a good excuse to talk about it,” says Barnes.