For example, Muthukrishnan is currently studying a type of algae that is native to parts of Europe and Asia but now blankets some lakes of northern Indiana.

In exploring and evaluating these management solutions, Muthukrishnan studies not only the short- and long-term biological effects of different treatment strategies but also residents’ psychological attitudes toward invasive species. One particular area of interest is how these attitudes – which tend to favor strong governmental interventions – contrast with public sentiment about other environmental challenges such as pollution and climate change.

Research Interests:

  • Invasive species ecology: through biological and community-focused perspectives, Muthukrishnan conducts research to understand, predict, and help control and prevent the spread of invasive species in Indiana and beyond
Past Affiliations

Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (past)

Fishing, Fisheries Science, Wildlife and Wetlands Science
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2013
BA, University of California, Berkeley, Integrative Biology, 2003