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What work does the USGS do related to invasive species?

Researchers with the USGS Invasive Species Program work on many species and the issues they cause: cactus moths, gypsy moths, quagga and zebra mussels, hydrilla, giant salvinia, West Nile virus, monkeypox, Asian carp, snakehead fish, sea lamprey, Asian swamp eel, Brown treesnakes, whirling disease, viral hemorrhagic septicemia, cheatgrass, brome, buffelgrass, and leafy spurge.

In fact, USGS researchers work collaboratively on all significant groups of invasive organisms in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in all regions of the United States. Across the Nation, our invasive species experts partner with States, other Federal agencies, businesses, agriculture, and natural resource managers to help solve the problems posed by these invaders.

Key components of invasive species activities include prevention, monitoring and forecasting threats, and control and management of established invaders.

Learn more: Invasive Species Research