University of Minnesota
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Graduate Training in Risk Analysis for
Introduced Species and Genotypes

Globalization is driving an unprecedented number of introductions of exotic species and new genotypes into ecosystems. Because their consequences range from highly beneficial to extremely damaging, interest in improving risk analysis of biological organisms is growing. To advance decision making, there is a critical need to improve the science of biological introductions and to develop better approaches for integrating this scientific information into deliberative processes. This program affords students an opportunity to develop the analytic-deliberative skills needed for risk analysis of biological introductions and to participate in research addressing real-world problems critical to advancing this field by addressing four focal areas of inquiry:

IGERT Organizational Model


Students pursue a minor in Introduced Species and Genotypes which complements coursework and research experiences in their major field. The educational plan is linked closely to our research foci. More than 40 faculty in 16 departments participate in this IGERT. A key strength of the program are our partnerships with researchers and decision-makers around the world who are actively engaged in risk analysis of biological introductions. Students interact with our "external partners" in developing and solving research problems, and when they are learning the fundamentals of risk analysis.

IGERT Education Plan

View our new movie created by UMN graphic design student Kailene Danae Falls. Her animation was chosen by the Department of Entomology to be included in a longer video created to recruit Minnesota woodland owners to volunteer to look for invasive species on their land.

View our other animation on invasive species here.

For more information, explore our web pages or contact us at:


NSF IGERT links:


NRC report produced by Aaron David, Joe Kaser, Amy Morey, Alex Roth, and David Andow.
Potential adverse ecological effects and social consequences of releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes to control malaria
is available for download now.

Job Opportunity:
USFWS- Work For Wildlife
Region 9
Risk Assessment/Social Marketing Marketing Invasive Species
Closes March 12th, 2014

Please Note: IGERT is not currently accepting any new trainees but will report progress of current and past trainees. 

Congratulations to Aaron David, Joe Kaser, Amy Morey, Alexander Roth, and David Andow for their recent publication in Ecology and Evolution.  Release of Genetically Engineered Insects: A Framework to Identify Potential Ecological Effects is available for download now.

AG Professional

Science Daily

Nibi and Manoonmin Symposium - Building Lasting Relationships
September 25th-27th 2013
Grand Casino Mille Lacs

IGERT Students may attend for NO COST. 
To register please identify yourself as an IGERT student.  Send your name, full mailing address, telephone number, need for free bus transit 9/24-9/27, need for hotel room, any dietary restrictions, and your interest in one of the four working groups.

To: Karl Lozenz 
Emily Ehlinger
cc Elise Rosengren


IGERT Symposium - Introduced Microbes: For Better or For Worse
April 19, 2013
Cargill Building, St Paul Campus

Click Here to Register
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Questions about the Symposium:
Deadline to Register is April 12th

s to Shelby Flint, Thelma Heidel, Scott Loss, Jacob Osborne, Kristina Prescott, and David Smith for their significant contribution to the Biosafety Technical Series. 
 Download the series here.

 IGERT trainees Jim Eckberg and Shelby Flint, along with ISG Faculty participated in an ESA symposium about BioEnergy. 
  Read more

Congratulations Adam Kokotovich on receiving a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2012-13. This is a significant achievement that allows Adam to use his final year to focus on his scholarship as an IGERT member in the NRSM graduate program .

Congratulations to Ruth Shaw on receiving the 2012 Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award!  This is the only faculty award that expresses the appreciation of the entire graduate student body for a faculty member's exceptional contributions to graduate education.  Winners are nominated and selected by graduate students from across the UofM. Ruth also received the inaugural EEB Outstanding Adviser Award last year (2011)

Congratulations to Amy Morey recipient of the 2012 NCB Graduate Scholarship.

Congratulations to Travis Henspeter, who has been awarded an Graduate Fellowship from the Graduate School to work at the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics at the Saint Anthony Falls Lab!

Wild rice and sulphate pollution levels
Judge Upholds Minnesota's wild rice protection:
read more at: MPRnews

A new survey conducted in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest and Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest by a IGERT trainee Scott Loss and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has revealed a direct link between the presence of invasive European earthworms and reduced numbers of ovenbirds.
Read more

IGERT trainee Scott Loss coauthored an article on the impact of climate change on invasive species colonization 2011.
Read the article