Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Science & Environmental Policy


nvasions of exotic organisms can have dramatic damaging effects on native communities and habitats. Once exotic species are established they can be difficult to remove. However, if detected soon after initial invasion they can be eradicated. A guide was created for 22 "Least Wanted!" invaders for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Species were chosen based on factors such as proximity to the slough, potential damage, and ease of identification. These cards were distributed to community members and volunteers who will monitor the slough for these key species. A computer database was created and can be expanded as new species are found or removal efforts made. Local marine related organizations were contacted about the possibility of integrating this type of prevention project into their invasive species policies. A protocol for future similar projects was also created. Distribution of these cards and expansion of this project will hopefully reduce the negative effects of aquatic invasions in Elkhorn Slough.


Capstone Project (B.S.) Earth Systems Science & Policy Institute