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Fact Sheet 2012–3017

Using Genetic Research to Inform Imperiled and Invasive Species Management

By Margaret E. Hunter and Rachel J. Pawlitz

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The long-term viability of species and populations is related to their potential to migrate, reproduce, and adapt to environmental changes. In the southeast United States, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are providing resource managers with genetic information to improve the long-term survival and sustainability of the Nation’s aquatic species. Research focused on native and imperiled species can assess the genetic factors influencing their survival and recovery, while work on invasive species can provide information on their proliferation, dispersal, and impacts on native species.

Revised September 24, 2012

First posted September 6, 2012

For additional information contact:
Dr. Margaret E. Hunter, Research Geneticist
USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center
7920 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, Florida 32653
Phone: (352) 264–3484

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Suggested citation:

Hunter, M.E. and Pawlitz, R.J., 2012, Using genetic research to inform imperiled and invasive species management: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012-3017, 4 p., available at

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