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S5E3: Feral and Invasive Species with Lauren van Patter

Claudia talks to Lauren van Patter about the concepts of feral and invasive species. They touch on the differences between the two concepts and consider how issues of colonization, reproduction, and human control lead to the categorization of some animals as biosecurity threats.

About Lauren van Patter

Dr. Lauren Van Patter is the Kim & Stu Lang Professor in Community and Shelter Medicine in the Department of Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Lauren is an interdisciplinary animal studies researcher with a background in Environmental Sciences and Cultural Geographies. She has researched urban coyotes and feral cats in Canadian cities as well as free roaming dogs in rural Botswana. Lauren is a co-editor of the volume ‘A Research Agenda for Animal Geographies’, and has published in peer-reviewed Veterinary, Animal Studies, Geography, African Studies, and Wildlife Management journals. Connect with Lauren on Twitter (@levanpatter) or on her website.

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Recorded: 21 September 2022

Featured Readings:

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Animal Highlight:

In this episode's animal highlight, Amanda discusses crabs highlighting the varied types of of crabs and the different strategies they use to navigate their environments. She focuses on Green Crabs who are highly adaptable but often labelled as invasive species. 

Featured: Crab by Cynthia; Crabs: A Global Natural History by Peter J.F. Davie;  “100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species" by the Invasive Species Specialist Group; and "European Green Grab" by the Nature Conservancy Canada.


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Thank you to Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics (A.P.P.L.E) for sponsoring this podcast; the Biosecurities and Urban Governance Research Collective for sponsoring this season; Gordon Clarke (Instagram: @_con_sol_) for the bed music, Jeremy John for the logo, Christiaan Menz for his editing work, and Amanda Bunten-Walberg for the Animal Highlight

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