Invasive Species Education and Management

UB Sustainability and UB Facilities have partnered with the Orchard Park-based company Let’s Goat Buffalo to provide goat grazing services in support of invasive plant clearing efforts on the North Campus. The goats grazed near the Center for Tomorrow parking lot in September 2022. Photographer: Douglas Levere.

Take a practical role in invasive species management and education.

Project description

Students will work in small teams alongside professionals in partner organizations to experience some different aspects of invasive species management. Projects will be assigned based on student preferences and include:

  • Designing and delivering environmental education programs at Reinstein Woods
  • Producing video documentaries to be exchanged with a partner school in Tanzania
  • Surveying and evaluating invasive species management techniques at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
  • Working with Western New York PRISM to survey for invasive "gap species"
  • Conducting Phragmites surveying across North Campus to help inform future "goat scaping" management 

Project outcome

Each project will culminate in a final project deliverable. Depending on project topic this may take the form of a video documentary, a lesson plan and delivery evaluation, a set of biological surveys and/or a written report.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About 3-5 months
Start time Spring (January/February)
In-person, remote, or hybrid? In-person
Level of collaboration Large group collaboration (4+ students) 
Benefits Academic credit
Who is eligible Undergraduate students enrolled in EVS 413 

Core partners

Students will work with one or more of the following partner organizations:

Project mentor

Heather Williams

Clinical Assistant Professor

Biological Sciences and Environment and Sustainability

Phone: (716) 645-4912


Start the project

  1. Ensure you are enrolled in the course for the correct semester.
  2. Click the button to start the digital badge below.

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  • Students should fully participate in traditional classroom portions of EVS 413
  • Once assigned to experiential topic groups, students should arrange to meet with their team mates and Dr. Williams to discuss the scope of their projects
  • Second meetings should be set up with external project mentors. Students should write an agenda for these meetings which highlights what information they would like to better understand about the scope of their projects. 


Environment and Sustainability, invasive species, environmental, ecology, Biological Sciences