USGS - science for a changing world

Ecosystems - Invasive Species Program

Maps, Imagery, and Publications Hazards Newsroom Education Jobs Partnerships Library About USGS Social Media

Invasive Species Program

America is under siege by many harmful invasive species of plants, animals, and microorganisms. More than 6,500 invasive species are established in the United States, posing risks to native species, ecosystems, and human and wildlife health. The annual environmental, economic, and health-related costs of invasive species exceed those of all other natural disasters combined.

USGS works closely with its partners in Department of Interior Bureau's and other resource management agencies to provide scientific information to meet management needs. USGS invasive species research encompasses all significant groups of invasive organisms in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in all regions of the United States. Working with partner agencies and organizations, USGS provides tools, technology, and information to prevent, contain, control, and manage invasive species.

National Contact
Cindy Kolar,, 703-648-4023

Ecosystems Science Centers

Nearly all 17 Ecosystems Mission Area Science & Research Centers conduct invasive species research. The following is not a comprehensive list.

Research Topics



Recent Highlights

Invasive Species Research and Management Tools for Controlling Invasive Species - Invasive, nonnative species of plants, animals, and disease organisms adversely affect the ecosystems they enter. Like “biological wildfires,” they can quickly spread and affect nearly all terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Invasive species have become one of the greatest environmental challenges of the 21st century in economic, environmental, and human health costs, with an estimated effect in the United States of more than $120 billion per year. The Invasive Species Science Branch of the Fort Collins Science Center provides research and technical assistance relating to management concerns for invasive species. Read More >>

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information: Ask USGS
Page Last Modified: Wednesday March 11 2015