Adventuring to stop invasive species

Rana Parshad standing in front of a chalkboard with chalked math

What can you do to help stop invasive species like the emerald ash borer, zebra mussels and Asian carp from destroying native ecosystems and harming economies? When you're Iowa State assistant professor Dr. Rana Parshad, you can do what you know best -- math.

Of course, "math" may seem like a simple word to combat this large-scale problem, but that's hardly the case. Parshad's mathematical work focuses on differential equations to model population dynamics of interacting species that stem from predator-prey relationships and other models. If this sounds complex, don't worry. It boils down to this -- with Parshad on the case, invasive species should be shaking in their boots.

Harnessing the power of math to solve problems like invasive species is just one of the many ways our professors and student researchers are changing the world. "At Iowa State, there is a vibrant research community," Parshad said. "There is also a motivated student body, with energy and enthusiasm. This enables me to teach, pursue research, and collaborate in this exciting and energetic environment. I can't ask for a better platform to do my work."

When you choose an adventure at Iowa State, you choose opportunities to learn from -- and work with -- people who are making a difference every single day. So, it only makes sense that when you come here, it won't take long for you to become a world changer too. And, in our opinion, that's the best kind of species there is.

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