Zebra Mussels, Round Gobies, and Eurasian Ruffe: Predicting Ecological Impacts of the “Exotic Triad” to Improve Control Project

Major Goals and Objectives

  • Determine whether ruffe and gobies display overlap in use of habitat and food and thus may compete for benthic resources
  • Determine whether zebra mussels will modify ruffe – goby interactions directly by serving as a major food resource for gobies or indirectly by increasing benthic heterogeneity and associated invertebrate production,
  • Determine how yellow perch will respond to coexistence with ruffe and gobies in the presence or absence of zebra mussels

Research Information

Principal Investigator:
Gary Lamberti
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University of Notre Dame


Gary Lamberti
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