Keynote: The Flood of Exotic Species Invasions of America's Coastal Oceans: Why Now. Why We Should Care and What We Can Do About It.

Friday, April 12, 2002 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Physics 150
James Carlton (Williams College)
America's coasts are itching with new invasions of exotic species: Indo-Pacific jellyfish have invaded the Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean and Asian seaweeds are newly established in southern California, the Japanese Rapa Whelk is now well-entrenched in Chesapeake Bay, and thousands of species have invaded the fresh, brackish, and marine waters of the United States in the past 200 years, and yet invasions continue, seemingly at a growing pace. Why is the rate of invasions increasing? Why should we care? And what can we do about it?