Story of an Invasion: A Case Study of the Rusty Crayfish in the Great Lakes

This case study examines the story of an invasive species in the Great Lakes. Through a case analysis based format, the case study aims to provide undergraduate level students with a solid understanding of the importance of the Great Lakes and the threats posed to the ecosystem by invasive species. Students will work to comprehend and interpret data indicating the process of invasion by non-native species and biological traits that promote invasiveness, how non-native species can impact native species, communities, and ecosystems, and potential management and control solutions. The case study lesson includes final questions designed to broaden the discussion on aquatic invasive species. Further resources are provided to allow students to continue exploring the story. By completing the case study, students will have an appreciation for the challenges involved in combating established invasive species and the importance of education and awareness for preventing future ‘invasion stories.’

See also:
Great Lakes Under Stress: Invasive Species as Agents of Ecosystem Change
Communicating about Environmental Issues: A Great Lakes Case Study
Invasive Species and Mechanisms of Invasions
Applying Critical Thinking to an Invasive Species Problem

Theme: Ecology for Conservation

Language: English

Region: North America

Keywords: data analysis, invasive, management, freshwater, threats

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Case Study: Story of an Invasion: A Case Study of the Rusty Crayfish in the Great Lakes

Author: E.C. Vintinner

   

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