Dr. Larson occasionally teaches graduate seminars and currently organizes an informal “hymenoptera study group” that meets weekly.
The focus of Dr. Larson’s research combines aspects of restoration and pollination ecology. She works closely with U.S. Department of Interior land managers to address their questions through carefully designed research protocols. Recent studies have evaluated techniques for prairie reconstruction and resilience to invasive plants and the use of pollination networks to guide management of rare plant species.
Larson, D.L., S. Droege, P.A. Rabie, J.L. Larson, J. Devalez, M. Haar, and M. MacDermott-Kubeczko, 2014. Using a network modularity analysis to inform management of a rare endemic plant in the northern Great Plains, USA. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51:1024-1032.
Phillips-Mao, L., D. L. Larson, N. R. Jordan, and K. Knight. 2014. Effects of native herbs and light on garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) invasion. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 7:257-268.
Beyhaut, E., D.L. Larson, D.L. Allen, P.H. Graham. 2014. Legumes in prairie restoration: evidence for wide cross-nodulation and improved inoculant delivery. Plant & Soil, 377: 245-258. DOI 10.1007/s11104-013-1999-z
Larson, D.L., JB Bright, P. Drobney, J.L. Larson, N. Palaia, P.A. Rabie, S. Vacek, and D. Wells. 2013. Using prairie restoration to curtail invasion by Canada thistle: the importance of limiting similarity and seed mix richness. Biological Invasions 15:2049-2063. DOI 10.1007/s10530-013-0432-0.
Larson, D.L., L. Phillips-Mao, G. Quiram, L. Sharpe, R. Stark, S. Sugita and A. Weiler. 2011. A framework for sustainable invasive species management: environmental, social and economic objectives. Journal of Environmental Management, 92: 14-22.
Van Riper, L.C., D.L. Larson and J.L. Larson. 2010. Nitrogen-limitation and invasive sweetclover impacts vary between two Great Plains plant communities. Biological Invasions, 12:2735-2749. DOI 10.1007/s10530-009-9678-y
Jordan, N.R, D.L. Larson and S.C. Huerd. 2008. Soil modification by invasive plants: effects on native and invasive species of mixed-grass prairies. Biological Invasions 10: 177-190.
Larson, D.L., R.A. Royer and M.R. Royer. 2006. Insect visitation and pollen deposition in an invaded prairie plant community. Biological Conservation 130: 148-159
Larson, D.L., P.J. Anderson, and W.E. Newton. 2001. Alien plant invasion in mixed-grass prairie: effects of vegetation type and anthropogenic disturbance. Ecological Applications 11: 128-141.