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Amy Benson

Fishery Biologist

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I began my career in Pennsylvania with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1991, I transferred to a U.S. Geological Survey laboratory in Florida to help develop a geographic information system on invasive aquatic species. I have a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree both from The Pennsylvania State University.


McDowell, W.G., A.J. Benson, and J.E. Byers. 2014. Climate controls the distribution of a widespread invasive species: implications for future range expansion. Freshwater Biology 59(4):847-857. [Abstract]

Benson, A. J. 2013. Chronological history of zebra and quagga mussels (Dreissenidae) populations in North America, 1988-2010. Pages 9-32 in Nalepa, T.F. and D.W. Schloesser (eds.), Quagga and Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impacts, and Control, Second Ed., CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 815 pp.

Baerwaldt, K., A. Benson, and K. Irons. 2013. State of the carp: Asian carp distribution in North America. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 4 pp. Available at

Irons, K. S., S. A. DeLain, E. Gittinger, B. S. Ickes, C. S. Kolar, D. Ostendorf, E. N. Ratcliff, and A. J. Benson. 2009. Non-native fishes in the Upper Mississippi River system. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5176, 68 pp.

Benson, A.J., C.J. Jacono, P.L. Fuller, L.R. McKercher, and M.M. Richerson.  2004.  Summary report of nonindigenous aquatic species in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 5.  U.S. Geological Survey, Gainesville, FL.

Baker, P. and A. Benson. 2002. Habitat and ecology of green mussels, Perna viridis, in Florida. Journal of Shellfish Research 21:424-425.

Benson, A. J., D. C. Marelli, M. E. Frischer, J. M. Danforth, and J. D. Williams. 2001. Establishment of the green mussel, Perna viridis (Linnaeus 1758), (Mollusca: Mytilidae) on the west coast of Florida. Journal of Shellfish Research 20(1):21-29.

Benson, A.J., P.L. Fuller, and C.C. Jacono.  2001.  Summary report of nonindigenous aquatic species in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 4.  U.S. Geological Survey, Gainesville, FL.

Benson, A. J. 2000. Documenting over a century of aquatic introductions in the United States. Pages 1-31 In: Claudi, R. and J.H. Leach (eds.), Nonindigenous Freshwater Organisms: Vectors, Biology and Impacts. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, Florida.

Benson, A. J. and C. P. Boydstun. 1995. Invasion of the zebra mussel in the United States. Pages 445-446 In: LaRoe, E.T. et al. (eds.) Our living resources: a report to the nation on the distribution, abundance, and health of U.S. plants, animals, and ecosystems. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Biological Service, Washington, DC. 530 pp.

Boydstun, C. P. and A. J. Benson. 1993. A geographic information system (GIS) for tracking zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in the United States. Proceedings: Third International Zebra Mussel Conference, 1993. Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, California. Section 1, p. 103-110.

Carline, R. F., A. J. Benson, and H. Rothenbacher. 1987. Long-term effects of treated domestic wastewater on brown trout. Water Research 21(11): 1409-1415.


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Plants and Animalsinvasive species
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentbenthic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentbiodiversity
Ecology and Environmentbiogeography
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems
Geographic Analysis and Mappinggeospatial analysis

Nonnative and Invasive Aquatic Species

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Amy Benson
7920 NW 71St Street
Gainesville, FL 32653
352-378-4956 - Fax
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