Southeast CASC-Funded Work on Invasive Species Highlighted by NPR Affiliate WUFT

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NPR affiliate WUFT spotlights new Southeast CASC research on how a warming climate may affect invasive species range shifts in the southeastern U.S. 

Read the original news story posted by the NPR affiliate WUFT, here

As climate change persists, many plant and animal species may respond by shifting their habitat range into new locations, presenting themselves as a nonnative or invasive species to new areas. Due to the potential for invasive species to threaten native species, such as by spreading disease, , it is important to understand if and how species might move or be introduced into new areas and what actions managers might take to lessen their impact on native species and habitats.  

Invasive black and white tegu lizards (Salvator merianae).

Invasive black and white tegu lizard (Salvator merianae). 

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NPR affiliate WUFT highlighted the partnership between the Southeast CASC, USGS researchers, and others to manage invasive species populations in South Florida. Through the Southeast CASC-funded project “An Assessment of Invasive Species Range Shifts in the Southeastern U.S. and Actions to Manage Them”, a diverse set of scientists, managers, and wildlife biologists are studying how management strategies might be used to stop or slow the spread of these threats by detecting invasive species early on, and responding quickly to manage any established populations. Using a combination of statistical models, the researchers are working to predict the spread of invasive species under different future climate change scenarios. The researchers hope to ensure that actions taken are ultimately based on the best available science, so that managers can protect and conserve valuable natural resources. 

Southeast CASC-supported researcher Brett Scheffers explains, “we hope to provide wildlife managers with a better sense of where species are likely to go, which will help them be more strategic when it comes to managing them”. 

NPR affiliate WUFT highlighted work from the Southeast CASC project, “An Assessment of Invasive Species Range Shifts in the Southeastern U.S. and Actions to Manage Them”. This project is carried out in partnership with USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Nonnative Fish and Wildlife. 


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