Texas Invasive Species Institute

Texas Invasive Species Institute

Jed Aplaca, M.S.

Natural Resources Manager for Houston Parks and Recreation Department Email: Jed.Aplaca@houstontx.gov

Research Interest

Growing up in Hawaii, I have been surrounded by non-native invasive species most of my life. Plants have always interested me the most as I have focused my studies through college on botany and then focusing on non-native species and graduating from Brigham Young University – Provo, Utah in 2004 with a B.S. in Conservation Biology. After spending a year as a Biological Science Technician with USFS at the Shrub Science Lab in Provo, Utah I moved on to complete my M.S. at Texas State University in Biology.  My thesis focused on the “Non-native Flora of Texas,” which included in-depth research into the complete list of non-native plant species reported in the State of Texas and some analysis into distribution, Family dominance and the Botanist effect.

I have been employed with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department since 2007. As the Natural Resources Manager, I get on the ground experience with the introduction of new non-native species in an urban environment and gaining firsthand knowledge of the distribution and expansion of invasive species.        

My passion has always been plant identification. I enjoy finding plants that I do not know and keying them out to learn something new. Non-native species have many pathways of entering a new area and it is important that people who are involved in management of these lands are aware and can help identify new and potential threats to the natural ecosystems. 

Jed Aplaca, M.S.

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