Rima LucardiResearch Ecologist
Athens, GA 30602-2044
I possess a broad training in the fields of biology, ecology, and population genetics. My research focuses on mitigating and preventing exotic plant invasions in Southern forest communities. I utilize diverse approaches at various scales to elucidate generalizable characteristics associated with biological invasions. I combine the basic tenets of invasion biology with conservation biology to better address the needs of forest communities. I utilize both population and landscape genetics to identify the vectors and pathways that disperse propagules of undesirable plant species and range expansion dynamics in the invaded range. These data can then be utilized for more effective management of available resources by identifying target populations that source new invasive populations.Research Features
- CompassLive Weekly (Southern Research Station's Online Magazine; USFS Twitter) 17 June 2014 “Why is Cogongrass So Successful at Invading the South?” by Z. Hoyle.
- Natural Inquirer - Middle School Science Education Journal YouTube Channel: Dr. Lucardi on Genetics and Ecology.
- Schulz, Ashley N.; Mech, Angela M.; Asaro, Christopher; Coyle, David R.; Cram, Michelle M.; Lucardi, Rima D.; Gandhi, Kamal J.K. 2018. Assessment of abiotic and biotic factors associated with eastern white pine ( Pinus strobus L.) dieback in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
- Schulz, Ashley N.; Mech, Angela M.; Cram, Michelle M.; Asaro, Christopher ; Coyle, David R.; Lucardi, Rima D.; Lucas, Sunny ; Gandhi, Kamal J.K. 2018. Association of Caliciopsis pinea Peck and Matsucoccus macrocicatrices Richards with eastern white pine ( Pinus strobus L.) seedling dieback.
- Enloe, Stephen F.; Lucardi, Rima D.; Loewenstein, Nancy J.; Lauer, Dwight K. 2018. Response of twelve florida cogongrass (imperata cylindrica ) populations to herbicide treatment.
- Whitney, Thomas D.; Cram, Michelle M.; Barnes, Brittany F.; Yao, Jiangming ; Lucardi, Rima D.; Gandhi, Kamal J.K. 2018. Tree-level distribution of a novel insect-pathogen complex and its potential contribution to eastern white pine dieback.
- Lucardi, Rima; Wallace, L.E.; Ervin, G.N. 2014. Evaluating hybridization as a potential facilitator of successful cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) invasion in Florida, USA.
- Lucardi, Rima D.; Wallace, Lisa E.; Ervin, Gary N. 2014. Invasion success in Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica): A population genetic approach exploring genetic diversity and historical introductions.
- Can plant invasions be prevented? Multidisciplinary identification and interception of non-native, invasive plants at the Port of Savannah, Georgia, USA (2017)
- The positive relationship between increasing national gross domestic product (GDP) and non-native plant species-richness suggests that international trade volumes probably contribute to exotic plant invasions and that major seaports may serve as gateways for plant propagules (e.g., seeds or other structures that can found a new population in a new range). The Port of Savannah, 11-miles in on the Savannah River from the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the nation's largest and busiest container terminals in North America. Forest Service scientists and their collaborating partners designed a research study to: (1) examine the baseline plant diversity at the container terminal; and (2) assess the species diversity, propagule pressure, and the risk of new, non-native plant invasions from cryptically hitchhiking seeds on shipping containers.