Going Against the Grain
4:51 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Study Reveals Nuances of Aquatic Invasive Behavior

We usually think of an invasive species as taking over its environment, at the expense its native counterparts.  

Invasive species like eurasian water milfoil can be a big problem.
Invasive species like eurasian water milfoil can be a big problem.
Credit BerndH via Wikimedia Commons

But a new study from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for Limnology challenges that assumption.  It compiled survey data from a variety of studies on aquatic species, and finds that most of the time aquatic invasives keep a pretty low profile.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Gretchen Hansen, lead author on the study.