Elizabeth is a graphic designer and conservation biologist residing in Phoenix, AZ. Growing up with a love for art and animals she decided to pursue a double major at ASU and Barrett, The Honors College. Her interests led her to intern with Phoenix Zoo’s Graphics Department during her Junior year, which has since become a part-time job, allowing her to combine her passions. When not working or studying, Elizabeth enjoys hiking, bird-watching, horseback riding, and taking care of her pets.
Invasive species are non-native plants or animals that harm the environment, economy, and even human health. These species are introduced to new environments where they have no natural predators or competitors to keep them in check. As a result, they grow and reproduce quickly, outcompeting and displacing native species. Invasive species can also damage crops, infrastructure, and property, leading to significant economic losses. Moreover, some invasive species can carry diseases that can affect human health. As the leading cause of biodiversity loss according to the IUCN Red List, controlling and preventing the spread of invasive species is critical to protecting biodiversity and maintaining a healthy environment.