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Invasive Species


INHS has well established research programs and partnerships working to combat the threat of invasive species. From the infamous Asian Carp to the lesser known Spotted Wing Drosophila, INHS scientists are working on prevention of future invasions and control of existing invasions.




Kevin Cummings
Mussel Field Biologist


Sergiusz Czesny
LMBS Director


Kelly Estes
Agricultural Pest Survey Coordinator


Jeremy Tiemann
Aquatic Ecologist


Dave Wahl
Aquatic/Fishery Biologist




Asian Carp

The Illinois River Biological StationKaskaskia Biological Station, and National Great Rivers Research and Education Center are at the forefront of research on the Asian Carp.


Invasive asian clams

Asian clams (genus Corbicula) are invasive freshwater bivalves that pose a threat to lakes and streams in the United States. The Midwest had long been recognized as having only Corbicula fluminea. However, in 2008, a tentative second species, Corbicula largilllierti, began appearing in the navigable rivers in Illinois. Then, in 2015, a third Corbulid species was discovered in the Illinois River. This indeterminate and undocumented Corbulid might represent a novel invasion in North America, and could be a substantial threat if it were to spread. In collaboration with the University of Michigan–Museum of Zoology, genomic and morphometric assessments are being employed to confirm the identity of this potential new invader and the confirmation of C. largillierti. We request that our colleagues to please alert us to the presence of unusual Corbulids in your study areas if encountered.


Threats to Lake Michigan

The Lake Michigan Biological Station conducts research on the many invasive threats to Lake Michigan. 


Be a Hero, Transport Zero

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program is working to protect our waterways from aquatic invasive species.



Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program

The CAPS program focuses on the early detection and surveillance of harmful or economically significant exotic plant pests, diseases, and weeds that have eluded first-line of defense inspections or have been identified as threats to U.S. agriculture and/or the environment. Its goal is to safeguard our nation's food and environmental security from exotic pests. The CAPS program is a joint effort between several state and federal agencies, including INHS, Illinois Department of Agriculture, and USDA-APHIS-PPQ.

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