Year Established: 2013 Start Date: 2013-03-01 End Date: 2014-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $19,762 Total Non-Federal Funds: $73,171
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 aforementioned research is the continuation of a multi-year project that is compiling current resources on status and trends of invasive species in Texas; identifying potential invasive species through the development of a risk assessment model; 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, continued gathering of data for analysis and assessment, and development of the risk assessment model. These funds will help this project to continue with data gathering and project development, however, the overall project and deliverables will be conducted and produced over multiple years as part of the graduate student’s research.