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About the Lab 

The Marine Invasions Research Lab is a national and international center for research on biological invasions in coastal marine ecosystems. Biological invasions (the establishment of species beyond their historical range) are a major force of ecological and evolutionary change. Invasions are fundamentally changing the structure and function of ecosystems around the world and are impacting many dimensions of human society. The observed rates and impacts of new invasions have increased dramatically in recent time. ...more


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Feature Story - Fall 2015

Spaghetti’s on the menu in the Galapagos with the discovery of the spaghetti bryozoan in Tortuga and Franklin's Bays

Smithsonian researcher Linda McCann first discovered spaghetti Bryozoan (Amathia verticillata) in the Galapagos Islands in 2015, near the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. She was participating in the first International Workshop on Marine Bioinvasions of Tropical Islands at the Charles Darwin Research Station at the time. Additional surveys were undertaken by several additional scientists attending the workshop, which turned up more of the introduced bryozoan in Franklin’s Bay, a second small embayment just outside of Puerto Ayora. The potential for impact of the spaghetti bryozoan and other invaders to this world heritage site is of considerable concern and was a major focus of the recent workshop in Puerto Ayora.  Full Story

New Publications

Cheng, Brian S., ... and Grosholz, Edwin D. 2015. Testing local and global stressor impacts on a coastal foundation species using an ecologically realistic framework. Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.12895

Muirhead, Jim R., Minton, Mark S., Miller, Whitman A. and Ruiz, Gregory M. 2015. Projected effects of the Panama Canal expansion on shipping traffic and biological invasions. Diversity and Distributions, 21(1): 75-87. doi:10.1111/ddi.12260

Ojaveer, Henn, ... and Ruiz, Gregory. 2015. Classification of Non-Indigenous Species Based on Their Impacts: Considerations for Application in Marine Management. PLoS Biology, 13(4) doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002130

Pagenkopp Lohan, K.M., ... and Ruiz, G.M. 2015. Molecular phylogenetics reveals first record and invasion of Saccostrea species in the Caribbean. Marine Biology. DOI 10.1007/s00227-015-2637-5.Published online 10 March 2015

Souto, Javier, Kaufmann, Blakeslee, April M. H., Keogh, Carolyn L., Fowler, Amy E. and Griffen, Blaine D. 2015. Assessing the effects of trematode infection on invasive green crabs in eastern north america. PloS One, 10(6): 1-20. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128674

Byers, James E., Smith, Rachel S., Pringle, James M., Clark, Graeme F., Gribben, Paul E., Hewitt, Chad L., Inglis, Graeme J., Johnston, Emma L., Ruiz, Gregory M., Stachowicz, John J. and Bishop, Melanie J. 2015. Invasion Expansion: Time since introduction best predicts global ranges of marine invaders. Scientific Reports, 5 doi:10.1038/srep12436

Cheng, Brian S., Bible, Jillian M., Chang, Andrew L., Ferner, Matthew C., Wasson, Kerstin, Zabin, Chela J., Latta, Marilyn, Deck, Anna, Todgham, Anne E. and Grosholz, Edwin D. 2015. Testing local and global stressor impacts on a coastal foundation species using an ecologically realistic framework. Global Change Biology, 21(7): 2488-2499. doi:10.1111/gcb.12895

Fowler, Amy E., Blakeslee, April M. H., Canning-Clode, Jo, Repetto, Michele F., Phillip, Anne M., Carlton, James T., Moser, Fredrika C., Ruiz, Gregory M. and Miller, A. W. 2015. Opening Pandora's bait box: a potent vector for biological invasions of live marine species. Diversity and Distributions, doi:10.1111/ddi.12376

Kelley, Amanda L., Rivera, Catherine E. de, Grosholz, Edwin D., Ruiz, Gregory M., Yamada, Sylvia Behrens and Gillespie, Graham. 2015. Thermogeographic variation in body size of Carcinus maenas, the European green crab. Marine Biology, 162(8): 1625-1635. doi:10.1007/s00227-015-2698-5

McCann L, Inti K, Carlton JT, Ruiz GM, Dawson TP, and Collins K (2015) First record of the non-native bryozoan Amathia (=Zoobotryon) verticillata (delle Chiaje, 1822) (Ctenostomata) in the Galapagos Island. BioInvasions Records Volume 4 (in Press)

Muirhead, Jim R., Minton, Mark S., Miller, A. Whitman and Ruiz, Gregory M. 2015. Projected effects of the Panama Canal expansion on shipping traffic and biological invasions. Diversity and Distributions, 21(1): 75-87. doi:10.1111/ddi.12260

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Dr. Gregory M. Ruiz/Senior Scientist
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

647 Contees Wharf Road,
PO Box 28
Edgewater, Maryland 21037

Phone:(443) 482-2227
Email: ruizg@si.edu


Public Outreach: Monaca Noble
Phone: (443) 482-2467, T-TH
Email: noblem@si.edu