spiny waterflea

A lot about the ecology of spiny waterflea is not yet well understood; however, concern is high that this invasive species may cause major problems to lake ecosystems. At MAISRC, research focuses on slowing spread, indentifying long-term impacts, and evaluation the food web effects of these microscopic zooplankton. Click here to learn more about spiny waterflea and their impacts.

Ongoing research

  • Determining what gear on boats is most likely to spread spiny waterflea, to help guide lake users in prioritizing what gear to pay most attention to when cleaning

  • Quantifying the impacts of spiny waterflea on walleye growth rates and food webs

  • Analyzing lake sediments to identify the types, magnitude, and timing of changes that occur to lakes after spiny waterflea invade
spiny waterflea