Invasive 'Snake Worm' Seminar by Dr. Josef Gorres
Conventional wisdom tells us that earthworms are good for the soil. They improve soil drainage and aeration, increase nutrient availability, and enhance soil structure. While this may be true of some earthworm species, a family of more recently introduced earthworms are changing how we look at worms in the environment. Jumping worms (Amynthas spp.), also known as snake worms or crazy worms, are an invasive earthworm introduced to North America from eastern Asia. In short: they have the potential to dramatically change soil structure, impact forest ecology, and reduce biodiversity.
Dr. Josef Gorres has written extensively and researched on the invasive jumping worm (Amynthas agrestis), and will visit the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth on July 26 to give a seminar, open to the general public, sharing his knowledge and expertise on this invasive species. This talk will be scientific but also accessible and relevant to the home gardener and forest enthusiast. UNH Extension Forestry Field Specialist Greg Jordan will give an introductory talk on New Hampshire forest ecology before the headlining talk from Dr. Josef Gorres.
Registration is $10, and there is a cap on registration due to space limitations of the Urban Forestry Center.
Josef received a BSc in Physics from the University of Manchester, UK. He also has a PhD in Material Science from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and a MS in Natural Resources Science from the University of Rhode Island. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont, teaching Soil Science. His research interests are in soil fertility, soil ecology and invasive organisms.