Are Elk Vectors of Invasive Plant Species in Eastern Kentucky?

Elk are habitat generalists that eat a wide variety of plants. Because elk were largely reintroduced to reclaimed mines that are frequently replanted with exotic, invasive plant species, we are investigating whether elk consume and then transport the seeds (act as a vector) of invasive plants that could potentially impact Kentucky’s forests and other natural areas. M.S. graduate student Trish Regard is leading this project.

John J. Cox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology
(859) 257-9507 | jjcox@uky.edu | 102 T.P. Cooper Building