Lisa Tewksbury has worked at the University of Rhode Island for over 37 years and is currently the director of the URI biocontrol lab. This facility includes a USDA certified containment facility to facilitate biocontrol research. The lab conducts surveys of invasive species and research and implementation of biological control using insect natural enemies of invasive insect and weed species. Current surveys include southern pine beetle, emerald ash borer, and spotted lanternfly and ongoing biological control projects include: emerald ash borer, spotted lanternfly, lily leaf beetle, swallow-worts and Japanese knotweed.
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