Year Established: 2012 Start Date: 2012-06-01 End Date: 2013-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $21,617 Total Non-Federal Funds: $64,117
Principal Investigators: Michael Masser, Elizabeth Edgerton, Lucas Gregory, Allen Knutson
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.