The Species and Population Management area (SPM) is to develop a multidisciplinary research program that addresses significant questions in Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation issues that provide conservation solutions for the management of species and populations. The SPM is particularly focused on management of exotic species that impact native flora and fauna and, close the knowledge gap on rare and endangered species in the Caribbean. Our goals are consonant with the mission of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation (CATEC), which addresses key issues for the conservation of regional and global biodiversity. Student research training is a fundamental component of our program, and represents one of the long-term impacts of the SPM.