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About the Lab 

The Marine Invasions Research Lab is a national and international center for research on biological invasions in coastal marine ecosystems. Biological invasions (the establishment of species beyond their historical range) are a major force of ecological and evolutionary change. Invasions are fundamentally changing the structure and function of ecosystems around the world and are impacting many dimensions of human society. The observed rates and impacts of new invasions have increased dramatically in recent time. ...more

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Feature Story - July 2014

From Big Ships to Small Boats – the Secondary Spread of Introduced Species

Dr. Zabin and her colleagues have a new study in journal Management of Biological Invasions, describing the role of recreational boats in the transport of nonnative species from bays with large commercial ports (the source of many introduced marine species), to smaller bays without a direct overseas invasion pathway. This research relied on data from marina records and boater questionnaires to map the connection between bays and on video and photographic imaged and physical collection to determine the if introduced species were being transported on recreational boats. Full Story

New Publications

Ashton, Gail V., Davidson, Ian C., and Ruiz Gregory M.  2014.  Transient small boats as a long-distance coastal vector for dispersal of biofouling organisms.  Estuaries and Coasts, DOI: 10.1007/s12237-014-9782-9.

Blakeslee, April M. H., Fowler, Amy E. and Keogh, Carolyn L. 2013. Marine Invasions and Parasite Escape: Updates and New Perspectives. In: Advances in Marine Biology Volume 66C. Academic Press, pp.87-169.

Canning-Clode Joao, Fofonoff Paul, McCann Linda, Carlton James T., Ruiz Gregory M. 2013. Marine invasions on a subtropical island: Fouling studies and new records in a recent marina on Madeira Island (Eastern Atlantic Ocean). Aquatic Invasions 8:1-10.

Freeman, Aaren S., Blakeslee, April M. H., and Fowler, Amy E. 2013. Northward expansion of the rhizocephalan Loxothylacus panopaei (Gissler, 1884) in the northwest Atlantic. Aquatic Invasions 8:1-7.

McCann, Linda D., Holzer, Kimberly K., Davidson, Ian C., Ashton, Gail V., Chapman, Marnie D. and Ruiz, Gregory M. 2013. Promoting invasive species control and eradication in the sea: Options for managing the tunicate invader Didemnum vexillum in Sitka, Alaska. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Available online October 2013

Ojaveer, Henn, Galil, Bella S., Minchin, Dan, Olenin, Sergej, Amorim, Ana, Canning-Clode, Jo, Chainho, Paula, Copp, Gordon H., Gollasch, Stephan, Jelmert, Anders, Lehtiniemi, Maiju, McKenzie, Cynthia, Mikuš, Josip, Miossec, Laurence, Occhipinti-Ambrogi, Anna, Pecarevic, Marijana, Pederson, Judith, Quilez-Badia, Gemma, Wijsman, Jeroen W. M. and Zenetos, Argyro. 2013. Ten recommendations for advancing the assessment and management of non-indigenous species in marine ecosystems. Marine Policy, doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2013.08.019

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Dr. Gregory M. Ruiz/Senior Scientist
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

647 Contees Wharf Road,
PO Box 28
Edgewater, Maryland 21037

Phone:(443) 482-2227
Email: ruizg@si.edu

Public Outreach: Monaca Noble
Phone: (443) 482-2467, T-TH
Email: noblem@si.edu