Predictive Dreissenid Mussel Modeling for the Western United States

Project ID: 8110
Principal Investigator: Jacque Keele
Research Topic: Invasive Species
Funded Fiscal Years: 2018, 2019 and 2020
Keywords: None

Research Question

The presence of dreissenid mussels triggers a need for large budgets to manage water bodies that contain these mussels. Based upon dreissenid mussel behavior in the eastern US, it was assumed that mussels would be widely invasive in western US waters. After five years of monitoring, it appears that not all environments trigger invasive populations. The goal of this research is to utilize predictive modeling techniques to inform decisions regarding stewardship of natural resources.

Need and Benefit

Using this data to accurately predict invasions would be a highly-valued capability to USACE, USBR, and their stakeholders in the western US.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.

Using constrained gravity models at large spatial scales to simulate invasive species colonization (final, PDF, 1.5MB)
By Carra C. Carrillo, Safra Altman, Todd M. Swannack, Jacque Keele, Sherri Pucherelli, Yale Passamaneck, and Aaron Murphy
Report completed on October 30, 2021

This research product summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.

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Last Updated: 6/22/20