Ecosystems

Invasive Species

Pacific Islands Invasive Species

The USGS develops strategies and techniques to understand and facilitate restoration of native species and habitats affected by invasive species.  This is critical because control without restoration can leave the ecosystem vulnerable to subsequent reinvasion by the same or additional invasive species.   

Brown Treesnake

News

Brown Treesnake Rapid Response Team Deployed to Saipan after Two Snake Sightings

Two recent reports of two brown treesnakes on Saipan is prompting federal and state officials to urge citizens of Hawaii, Guam and other Pacific Islands to report any sightings of these invasive snakes to authorities.

Biologist Interviewed by Channel 2 News Saipan about Brown Treesnake Sighting and Rapid Response

On January 13, 2016, Adam Knox, FORT biologist, was interviewed by Channel 2 News Saipan about Brown Treesnake sightings and rapid response

Under Siege! America’s Most Unwanted Invasive Species

The invasive brown treesnake on the Pacific island of Guam is the poster child of the ecological and economic havoc an invasive species can cause.

Research Highlights

Control and Containment of the Brown Treesnake and Other Invasive Reptiles

Biosecurity: Brown Treesnake Training

Recent Publications

Invaded invaders: Infection of invasive Brown Treesnakes on Guam by an exotic larval cestode with a life cycle comprised of non-native hosts

Geographic distribution: Boiga irregularis (Brown treesnake)

Invasive Brown Treesnake movements at road edges indicate road-crossing avoidance


Invasive Mammals: Mouflon, Feral Pigs, Rats, and Mongoose

Lead Scientist

Dr. Steven C. Hess
Research Wildlife Biologist
Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
p: (808) 985-6410
e: shess@usgs.gov

 


Ants

Lead Scientists

Dr. David Foote
Research Ecologist
Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
p: (808) 985-6427
e: dfoote@usgs.gov

Dr. Paul Banko
Research Wildlife Biologist
Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
p: (808) 985-6402
e: pbanko@usgs.gov

 

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Top Photo: Norway rat. Photo courtesy of www.bayercropscience.co.uk.