We are looking at the likelihood of invasion of organisms associated with the live baitworm trade from its source in Maine to its distribution in the United States and working with the industry to develop options to reduce introductions.
We are examining parasite diversity and distribution including host and habitat specificity, ecology of multi-host systems, and finally, the genomic and population genetic diversity of different species and strains of marine parasites.
The goal of eradication projects is to investigate techniques for removal of introduced species, currently targeting the removal of the colonial tunicate Didemnum vexillum on the seafloor of Sitka, Alaska.
We worked with the Maritime Environmental Resource Center to further the efficient and effective transition of ballast water treatment technologies from concept and prototype to certification and routine operational use.
Examine the diversity and distribution of microorganisms (i.e., protists and bacteria) in coastal waters
We’re looking for your help detecting mitten crabs – if you see this crab, please report it.
To evaluate the role of floating plastic pollution in transporting species across oceans to non-native ranges.
We are detecting new invasions and tracking changes in communities through invertebrate surveys in marine and estuarine ecosystems and collecting data on the occurrence, distribution, and diversity of non-native species.
We study current and emerging technologies and management practices aimed at reducing biofouling on ships in order to develop risk assessments for various biofouling management scenarios.
To evaluate the long term interactions between host and parasite. The hosts are two species of mud Crab (Rhithropanopeus harrisii and Eurypanopeus depressus), the parasite is Loxothylacus panopaei.
We collect and analyze ballast water management reporting forms submitted to the United States Coast Guard.
The National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System - Records of Marine Introductions in the United States.
The goal of this project is to better understand the community structure and dynamics of the fish and crustaceans that live in shallow fringing habitats of the Rhode River
We have been conducting annual surveys of the shallow water nearshore community of the Rhode River since 1991 to study predator-prey dynamics between native grass shrimp species and common fish and crab predators.
This global-scale project assesses the transfer risks of nonnative marine species associated with commercial ships sailing between oceans.
We identify parasites that reside in the Rhode River, track yearly changes in diversity and abundance, and determine their impacts on ecosystem function, population dynamics, and trophic interactions.
We are examining predation and competition rates in fouling communities on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to determine if tropical communities resist invasion to a greater extent than temperate communities.
Our research is aimed at understanding how propagule pressure affects the probability of invasion success across species, habitats, ecological communities and environmental conditions.
Recreational vessels are an important vector for the transport of marine non-native species providing connectivity between bays with large commercial ports and smaller bays without commercial ports.
Assessment of the role of commercial shipping in the transport of aquatic organisms
The objectives of this study are to characterize commercial shipping networks and develop epidemiology-based models for invasive species spread, with an emphasis on the Panama Canal and Caribbean basin.