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CANE TOAD INVASION TRADEOFFS - Summer 2015
Hudson et al. 2015. Virgins in the vanguard: low reproductive frequency in invasion-front cane toads. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
CANE TOADS SHIFT PREDATOR-PREY BALANCE - Summer 2015
Doody et al. In Press. Invasive Toads Shift Predator-prey Densities in Animal Communities by Removing Top Predators. Ecology.
Cane toad has surprise effect on Australian ecosystem - New Scientist
NEW GENETIC CLUES TO LIONFISH INVASION - Summer 2015
Butterfield et al. 2015. Wide-ranging phylogeographic structure of invasive red lionfish in the Western Atlantic and Greater Caribbean. Marine Biology.
Genetics Provides New Clues about Lionfish Invasion - USGS Newsroom
HURRICANES SPREAD LIONFISH - Spring 2015
Johnston MW, Purkis SJ. 2015. Hurricanes accelerated the Florida–Bahamas lionfish invasion. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12874
eDNA METHODS REVISITED - Spring 2015
Turner et al. 2014. Improved Methods for Capture, Extraction, and Quantitative Assay of Environmental DNA from Asian Bigheaded Carp (Hypophthalmichthys spp.).PLoS ONE 9(12): e114329.
LIONFISH PREY TYPE - Spring 2015
Green SJ, Côté IM. 2014. Trait-based diet selection: prey behaviour and morphology predict vulnerability to predation in reef fish communities. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83: 1451–1460. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12250
OVER-INVASION - Fall/Winter 2014
Over-Invasion of Invasive Species - National Geographic
James C. Russell, Nurul S. Sataruddin, and Allison D. Heard. 2014. Over-invasion by functionally equivalent invasive species. Ecology 95:2268–2276.
MODERN ISLAND BIOGEOGRAPHY - Fall/Winter 2014
Overseas Trade Alters a Lizard's Stocks - New York Times
Matthew R. Helmus, D. Luke Mahler & Jonathan B. Losos. 2014. Island biogeography of the Anthropocene. Nature 513, 543–546.
LIONFISH TERMINATORS - Fall/Winter 2014
EVOLUTIONARY IMBALANCE HYPOTHESIS - Fall/Winter 2014
BULLFROGS IN YELLOWSTONE - Fall/Winter 2014
Bullfrog Invasion of the Yellowstone River - USGS Newsroom
TEGU LIZARD IMPACTS - Summer 2014
Mazzotti et al. 2014. Tupinambis merianae as nest predators of crocodilians and turtles in Florida, USA. Biological Invasions, 10.1007/s10530-014-0730-1
CLIMATE CHANGE AND FISH HYBRIDIZATION - Summer 2014
Muhlfeld et al. 2014. Invasive hybridization in a threatened species is accelerated by climate change.Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate2252
Onchorhynchus mykiss - Global Invasive Species Database
WAR ON LIONFISH SHOWS PROMISE - Spring 2014
Green, et al. 2014. Linking removal targets to the ecological effects of invaders: a predictive model and field test. Ecological Applications.
War on lionfish shows first promise of success - Science Daily
INVASIVE SPECIES: COMMONLY RARE, RARELY COMMON - Spring 2014
Hansen, et al. 2013. Commonly Rare and Rarely Common: Comparing Population Abundance of Invasive and Native Aquatic Species. PLoS ONE 8(10): e77415. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077415
Study shows invasive species not as abundant as some assume - Great Lakes Echo, 10 Jan 2014
INVASIVE CARP SAFE TO EAT - Spring 2014
Levengood, et al. 2013. Elements of concern in fillets of bighead and silver carp from the Illinois River, Illinois. Chemosphere, December 2013.
EVALUATING CARP PREVENTION OPTIONS - Spring 2014
Wittmann, et al. 2014. Using Structured Expert Judgment to Assess Invasive Species Prevention: Asian Carp and the Mississippi—Great Lakes Hydrologic Connection. Environmental Science & Technology; 140130134816009 DOI: 10.1021/es4043098
Study measures how well Asian carp prevention effort will work - Science Daily
Study measures how well Asian carp prevention effort will work - Notre Dame News
INVASIVE SPECIES DISPERSAL PATTERNS (ALLEE EFFECT) - Spring 2014
Smith, et al. 2014. Programmed Allee effect in bacteria causes a tradeoff between population spread and survival. PNAS, January 2014.
Dispersal patterns key to invasive species' success - Science Daily
SALINITY TOLERANCE OF INVASIVE FROGS - Winter 2013-2014
Brown & Walls. 2013. Variation in Salinity Tolerance among Larval Anurans: Implications for Community Composition and the Spread of an Invasive, Non-native Species. Copeia 2013(3):543-551.
THE DUNG VECTOR - Winter 2013-2014
Noxious weeds germinating in horse dung the world over - Nature World News
Ansong & Pickering. 2013. A global review of weeds that can germinate from horse dung. Ecological Management & Restoration 14(3): 216-223.
INVASIVE SPARROW IMMUNITY - Winter 2013-2014
Martin et al. 2013. Surveillance for microbes and range expansion in house sparrows. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20132690.
Invasive sparrows immune cells sharpen as they spread - Science Daily
MODEL TRACKS CARP EGGS - Fall 2013
TRUE DISPERSION POTENTIAL OF INVADERS - Fall 2013
Lindström et al. (2013) Rapid shifts in dispersal behavior on an expanding range edge. PNAS 2013 1303157110v1-201303157.
ACOUSTIC INVASION - Summer 2013
Both & Grant (2013) Acoustic invasion: How invasive species can impact native species acoustic niche? Journal of the Acoustic Society of America, 133(5): 3535.
Croaking chorus of Cuban frogs make noisy new neighbors - Science Daily
INVASIVE FROGS BROUGHT DEADLY CHYTRID FUNGUS - Summer 2013
Vredenburg et al. (2013) Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Xenopus collected in Africa (1871-2000) and in California (2001-2010) PLoS ONE, 2013, 8(5):e63791 DOIL 10.1371/journal.pone.0063791
Chytrid Fungus - Amphibian Ark: Keeping threatened amphibian species afloat
Xenopus laevis profile - Global Invasive Species Database
REEVALUATING 'AWAY-FIELD ADVANTAGE' - Summer 2013
Parker et al. (2013) Do invasive species perform better in their new ranges? Ecology, 94: 985-994.
KILLER KITTIES - Spring 2013
Loss et al. (2013) The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States. Nature Communications 4, Article number: 1396.
That cuddly kitty is deadlier than you think - The New York Times
ARGENTINE TEGU NESTING CONFIRMED IN FLORIDA - Spring 2013
Pernas et al. (2012) First observations of nesting by the Argentine black and white tegu,Tupinambis merianae, in South Florida. Southeastern Naturalist 11(4):765-770.
GUAM'S DEAD MOUSE DROP - Spring 2013
Dead Mice Are Going To Be Dropped On Guam From Helicopters (Really) - The Two-Way, NPR
Brown Treesnake Research at NWRC: Fumigants and Toxicants - National Wildlife Research Center, USDA-APHIS
Clark et al. (2012) Efficacy, effort, and cost comparisons of trapping and acetaminophen-baiting for control of brown treesnakes on Guam - Human–Wildlife Interactions 6(2):222–236
Global assessment of establishment success for amphibian and reptile invaders. Wildlife Research 39(7) 637-640.
INVADERS DRIVING EVOLUTION - Fall 2012
Shine (2012) Invasive species as drivers of evolutionary change: cane toads in tropical Australia. Evolutionary Applications 5(2):107-116.
EGG-EATING BURMESE PYTHONS - Summer 2012
Dove CJ, Reed RN, Snow RW (2012) Consumption of bird eggs by invasive Burmese pythons in Florida. (pdf) IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 19(1): 64-66
New threat to birds posed by invasive pythons in Florida - Science Daily
FLORIDA "HERP" INVASIONS - Summer 2012
Krysko et al. (2011) Verified non-indigenous amphibians and reptiles in Florida from 1863 through 2010: Outlining the invasion process and identifying invasion pathways and stages. (pdf) Zootaxa 3028: 1-64
INTRODUCED BIRD COMPETITORS - Summer 2012
Freed L, Cann R (2012) Increase of an introduced bird competitor in old-growth forest associated with restoration. NeoBiota 13: 43-60
EVERGLADES MAMMAL DECLINES - Spring 2012
Dorcas et al. (2012) Severe mammal declines coincide with proliferation of invasive Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Severe Declines in Everglades Mammals Linked to Pythons - USGS News Release
PYTHON SALT TOLERANCE - Spring 2012
Hart et al. (2012)Experimentally derived salinity tolerance of hatchling Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) from the Everglades, Florida (USA). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 413:56-59
Salt Water Alone Unlikely to Halt Burmese Python Invasion - USGS News Release
Florida Python Invasion Could Spread - Discovery News
INVADER PERSONALITY - Winter 2011
Personality predicts success of invasive species - Live Science
Chapple DG, Simmonds SM, Wong BBM (2011) Can behavioral and personality traits influence the success of unintentional species introductions?. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, In Press.
Chapple DG, Simmonds SM, Wong BBM (2011) Know when to run, know when to hide: can behavioral differences explain the divergent invasion success of two sympatric lizards?. Ecology & Evolution 1(3):278-289.
BARRIER IMPACTS - Winter 2011
Vélez-Espino LA, McLaughlin RL, Jones ML, Pratt TC (2011) Demographic analysis of trade-offs with deliberate fragmentation of streams: Control of invasive species versus protection of native species. Biological Conservation 144(3):1068-1080.
LIONFISH MANAGEMENT - Fall 2011
Mumby PJ, Harborne AR, Brumbaugh DR (2011) Grouper as a natural biocontrol of invasive lionfish. PLoS One 6(6): e21510. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021510
Barbour AB, Allen MS, Frazer, TK, Sherman, KD (2011) Evaluating the potential efficacy of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans) removals. PLoS One 6(5): e19666. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019666
LAMPREY REPELLENT - Fall 2011
Wagner CM, Stroud EM, Meckley TD (2011) A deathly odor suggests a new sustainable tool for controlling a costly invasive species. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68(7) 1157-1160, 10.1139/f2011-072
BIG-BRAINED INVADERS SUCCESSFUL - Summer 2011
Amiel JJ, Tingley R, Shine R (2011) Smart moves: effects of relative brain size on establishment success of invasive amphibians and reptiles. PLoS
ONE 6(4): e18277. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018277
Malaklov AA, Immler S, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Ronn J, Kolm N (2011) Brains and the city: big-brained passerine birds succeed in urban environments (258KB pdf). Biology Letters, published online in advance of print.
Sol D, Bacher S, Reader SM, Lefebvre L (2008) Brain size predicts the success of mammal species introduced into novel environments (184KB pdf). American Naturalist 172: S63-S71.
Sol D, Duncan RP, Blackburn TM, Cassey P, Lefebvre L (2005) Big brains, enhanced cognition, and response of birds to novel environments (332KB pdf). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102:5460-5465
WILD DOGS AND WILDLIFE - Summer 2011
Young JK, Olson KA, Reading RP, Amgalanbaatar S, Berger J (2011) Is wildlife going to the dogs? Impacts of feral and free-roaming dogs on wildlife populations. BioScience 61: 125–132.
NON_NATIVE FROG ORIGINS - Spring 2011
Heinicke MP, Diaz LM, Hedges SB (2011) Origins of invasive Florida frogs traced to Cuba (325KB pdf). Biology Letters. Published online in advance of print.
Python cold tolerance - Winter 2010
Avery ML, Engeman RM, Keacher KL, Humphrey JS, Bruce WE, Mathies TC, Mauldin RE (2010) Cold weather and the potential range of invasive Burmese pythons (131 KB pdf). Biological Invasions 12:3649-3652.
Mazzotti FJ, Cherkiss MS, Hart KM, Snow RW, Rochford MR, Dorcas ME, Reed RN (2010) Cold-induced mortality of invasive Burmese pythons in south Florida (429 KB pdf). Biological Invasions Online First.
Dorcas ME, Willson JD, Gibbons JW (2010) Can invasive Burmese pythons inhabit temperate regions of the southeastern United States? (420 KB pdf) Biological Invasions Online First.
STERILIZATION FOR ERADICATION - Fall 2010
da Silva AG, Kolokotronis S-O, Wharton D (2010) Modeling the eradication of invasive mammals using the sterile male technique (360KB pdf). Biological Invasions 12:751–759.
Tilapia / Sunfish Interactions - Summer 2010
Brooks WR, Jordan RC (2010) Enhanced interspecific territoriality and the invasion success of the spotted tilapia (Tilapia mariae) in South Florida. Biological Invasions 12:865–874.
INVASIVE TADPOLE TIMING - Spring 2010
Knight CM, Parris MJ, and WHN Gutzke (2009) Influence of priority effects and pond location on invaded larval amphibian communities [Full text pdf] Biological Invasions 11: 1033-1044.
Smith KG (2005) Effects of nonindigenous tadpoles on native tadpoles in Florida: evidence of competition [Full text pdf] Biological Conservation 123: 433-441.
Rodda GH, Jarnevich CS, Reed RN (2011) Challenges in identifying sites climatically matched to the native ranges of animal invaders. PLOS One. 6(2): pp. 1-18. NEW PAPER!
Rodda GH, CS Jarnevich, and RN Reed (2009) What parts of the US mainland are climatically suitable for invasive alien pythons spreading from Everglades National Park? [Full text pdf] Biological Invasions 11(2): 1387-3547.
Pyron RA, FT Burbrink, and TJ Guiher (2008) Claims of potential expansion throughout the U.S. by invasive python species are contradicted by ecological niche models. [Full text html] PLoS ONE 3(8): e2931. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002931
Barker DG, and TM Barker (2008) The distribution of the Burmese python, Python molurus bivittatus [Full text pdf] Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 43(3): 33-38.