Forecasting Species Invasions in Wisconsin Lakes and Streams

M. Jake Vander Zanden and Jeff T. Maxted

in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226871714
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871745 | DOI:
Forecasting Species Invasions in Wisconsin Lakes and Streams

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This chapter highlights the ecological change caused by the invasion of Wisconsin's aquatic ecosystems by a series of “emerging” exotic species. It focuses on five species: rusty crayfish, zebra mussels, spiny water flea, rainbow smelt, and common carp. Invasive species are a key driver of ecological change and contribute to biotic homogenization and the loss of ecosystem services. Some of these changes are apparent, while others, particularly those involving interactions among invaders, are difficult to predict. An effective management strategy will involve a mix of preventing the further spread of invasives while simultaneously adapting to the presence of exotics in lakes and streams.

Keywords: invasive species; rusty crayfish; zebra mussels; spiny water flea; rainbow smelt; common carp; ecological change

Chapter.  4866 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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