The introduction of species into new environments has increasingly become an economically costly and environmentally destructive phenomenon. By integrating an understanding of ecology, behavior and genetics, we aim to develop a more quantitative understanding of biological invasions. Research topics currently under investigation include efforts (1) to quantify the factors controlling susceptibility to invasion, (2) to uncover the mechanisms involved in the displacement of native species, and (3) to determine how mutualistic interactions between invaders and other organisms disrupt existing mutualisms and contribute to invasion success.
David Holway received a B.A. in zoology from UC Berkeley in 1989 and a Ph.D in biology from the University of Utah in 1997. His postdoctoral research at UC San Diego was supported by grants from the US Department of Agriculture.