Jacob Barney

Assistant Professor - Plant Pathology, Physiology, & Weed Science


Dr. Barney identifies and evaluates the factors that interact along the invasion pathway that begins as a benign introduction and results in a widespread harmful invasion.


Dr. Barney works in a variety of natural and managed ecosystems across the southeastern United States, and has projects on both emerging and longstanding plant invaders. Current projects include: spatial risk assessment of bioenergy crops; ecological impact of invasive plant species in natural systems; interaction of propagule pressure, species traits, and receiving habitat characters determining invasion successes; and invasion potential characterization of perennial grasses introduced as bioenergy crops.