State Water Resources Research Institute Program
Project ID: 2012TX458B
Title: Evaluation of invasive aquatic species in Texas
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 6/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: 17 and statewide
Focus Categories: Invasive Species, Management and Planning, Ecology
Keywords: Invasive aquatic species, evaluation, ecology
Principal Investigators: Masser, Michael; Edgerton, Elizabeth (Texas A&M); Gregory, Lucas; Knutson, Allen E.
Federal Funds: $ 21,617
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 64,117
Abstract: Invasive species have severe consequences to aquatic resources of Texas. In order to better manage existing invasive species and prevent future invasive species from entering the state, a better understanding of these threats is needed. The proposed research is the start to a multi-year project that will begin compiling current resources on status and trends of invasive species in Texas; identifying potential invasive species; assessing threats/risk for expansion of invasive aquatic species currently present in Texas; and developing priority list of species of concern and needed action. Project funds will support the drafting of a literature review, gathering of data and initial/preliminary analysis and assessment. These funds will help this project to get started with the initial gathering and assessment, however, the overall project and deliverables will be conducted and produced over multiple years as part of a graduate student's research.