American alligator and Burmese python struggling in Everglades National Park

A coalition of scientists, volunteers, and wildlife officials is trying to slow the spread and impact of pythons and other invasive species in the Everglades 

Invasive Pythons and More in the Everglades

September 16, 2016

American alligator and Burmese python struggling in Everglades National Park

A coalition of scientists, volunteers, and wildlife officials is trying to slow the spread and impact of pythons and other invasive species in the Everglades.

Atkinson Center director David Lodge commented on this challenge in a September 12 article in the Christian Science Monitor:

David M. LodgeDavid M. Lodge, Atkinson Center director

In Everglades, invasive pythons are only the beginning

“These reptiles in the Everglades are another example of how reacting is usually far less effective and more expensive than preventing species from being introduced and established in the first place,” says David Lodge, a professor at Cornell University and a leading expert on invasive species. “We know better. And government agencies and policymakers have begun to absorb the lesson.” But, he adds, “the rate at which policy has changed in reaction to invasions is much slower than the introduction of new species.”

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