Effects of invasive species on native predator-prey and pathogen-host webs. NWO-ZKO/bmbf project.
Invasive species often pose a risk for native ecosystems as they can affect ecosystem functioning and services. In this project, we investigate the impact of one of the most prominent invader in the Wadden Sea, the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas, on native predator-prey and pathogen-host interactions. We do so by combining field surveys with experimental approaches and food web modelling in an effort to better understand the impact of this important invader on the structure and functioning of the food web of the Wadden Sea.