Environmental Biology major and GSS intern Angela Soto co-presented, along with two SMUMN faculty members, at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference/North American Invasive Species Management Association joint conference. This conference was held in nearby Rochester, MN on October 17. Their talk was titled “Combining education and research in an undergraduate invasion ecology class.” The course, taught during spring 2017, explored invasion ecology theory through class readings and discussions. One major element of the course required students to design and conduct original research that applied spatial analysis to a local invasive species. In addition to presenting, the conference offered participants the opportunity to network with professionals and learn about the ecology and management of invasive species.