U.S. Geological Survey Invasive Species Research—Improving Detection, Awareness, Decision Support, and Control

Circular 1485
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More than 6,500 nonindigenous species are now established in the United States, posing risks to human and wildlife health, native plants and animals, and our valued ecosystems. The annual environmental, economic, and health-related costs of invasive species are substantial. Invasive species can drive native species onto the endangered species list, resulting in associated regulatory costs; exacerbate the threat of wildland fire, which destroys property and threatens lives; increase the cost of delivering water and power; damage infrastructure; and degrade recreation opportunities and discourage tourism. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) works with sister agencies in the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and other Federal, State, and territorial agencies, Tribes, and other stakeholders to provide information and tools needed to help solve problems posed by invasive species across the country. Key components of USGS invasive species science include developing novel prevention, forecasting, early detection, decision support, and control tools.

Suggested Citation

Tam, C.K., Daniel, W.M., Campbell, E., English, J.J., and Soileau, S.C., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey invasive species research—Improving detection, awareness, decision support, and control (ver. 1.1, May 2022): U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1485, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1485.

ISSN: 2330-5703 (online)

ISSN: 1067-084X (print)

Table of Contents

  • Biosurveillance Network for Invasive Species and Wildlife Disease
  • Early Detection and Rapid Response Tool Development
  • Molecular Detection
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Invasive Grasses and Vegetation
  • Invasive Aquatic Plants
  • Invasive Reptiles
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title U.S. Geological Survey invasive species research—Improving detection, awareness, decision support, and control
Series title Circular
Series number 1485
ISBN 978-1-4113-4459-4
DOI 10.3133/cir1485
Edition Version 1.0: November 3, 2021; Version 1.1: May 31, 2022
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of the AD Ecosystems, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description iv, 28 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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