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Amy Benson

Fishery Biologist

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Short Biography

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.






PUBLICATIONS

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 http://www.asiancarp.us/news/DistributionMaps.htm.

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. http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/Region_5_Report/index.html

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. http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/Region_4_Report/index.html

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
Subtopic
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


Contact Information

Amy Benson
7920 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653
abenson@usgs.gov
352-264-3477
352-378-4956 - Fax
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