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.
- 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
Additional information from MAISRC
- Video: Preventing the spread of spiny waterflea
- Fishing equipment and spreading spiny water flea: What’s the highest risk?
- New project launched to determine impacts of AIS on walleye
- What sediment cores can tell us about Lake Mille Lacs, walleye, and spiny waterflea
- New MAISRC research to determine long-term impacts of spiny waterflea
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