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Pam Fuller

Fish Biologist

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Pam Fuller is the program leader for the USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program which maintains a nationwide database and a web site of aquatic invaders.  She is author of the summary book "Nonindigenous Fishes Introduced into Inland Waters of the United States" which reviews the introductions of more than 500 species and looks at spatial and temporal patterns of these introductions.  She has been involved in numerous national and international invasive species research activities and work groups, particularly in the field of invasive species information management.  She has collaborated with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to develop NISbase - a distributed query system for aquatic invasive species databases and is involved in the development of a global equivalent - the Global Invasive Species Information Network.  She is currently a member of the National Fish Habitat Partnership Science and Data Committee, chair of the Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, the President of the Introduced Fish Section of the American Fisheries Society, and Governing Board member of that society.  She has been with the program since 1991.



Master of Science in Zoology, University of Florida, May 1994.

Bachelor of Science in Zoology, State University of New York at Oswego, May 1986.

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Lucy, F.E. and 39 co-authors. 2016. INVASIVESNET towards an international association for open knowledge on invasive alien species. Management of Biological Invasions 7(2):131-139.

Lapointe, N.W.R., Fuller, P.L., Neilson, M.,  Murphy, B.R., and Angermeier, P.L., 2016, Pathways of fish invasions in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States: Management of Biological Invasions, v. 7, Online Early, 13 p.,

Fuller, P.L.  2015. Vectors of invasions in freshwater invertebrates and fishes. Pp. 88-115 In J.C. Clode (ed). Biological Invasions in Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems: Vectors, Ecological Impacts, Predictions and Management. Versita, Warsaw, Poland.

Fuller, P.L. and M.E. Neilson. 2015. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database: over thirty years of tracking introduced aquatic species in the United States (and counting). Management of Biological Invasions 6(2):159-170.

Fuller, P.L, D.M. Knott, P.R. Kingsley-Smith, J.A. Morris, C.A. Buckel, M.E. Hunter and L.D. Hartman. 2014. Invasion of Asian tiger shrimp, Penaeus monodon Fabricius, 1798, in the western north Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Aquatic Invasions 9(1): 59-70. [Link]

Fuller, P.L. and M.J. Cannister. 2013. Introduced fishes of the lower Tennessee and Cumberland drainages. Pages 29-42 In Johansen, R., L.D. Estes, S.W. Hamilton, and A.N. Barrass (eds). Proceedings of the 14th Symposium on the Natural History of the Lower Tennessee and Cumberland River Valleys. Center for Excellence in Field Biology, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN.

Fuller, P.L., A.J. Benson, and M.J. Cannister.  2013.  Summary Report of Freshwater Nonindigenous Aquatic Species in USFWS Region 4 – An Update.  Produced for USFWS.

Fuller, P.L., M. Neilson, and D. Huge.  2013. The NAS Alert System: a look at the first eight years.  Fisheries 38(3):128-138. 

Poulos, H.M., B. Chernoff, P.L. Fuller, and D. Butman.  2012. Mapping the potential distribution of the invasive Red Shiner, Cyprinella lutrensis (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) across waterways of the conterminous United States.  Aquatic Invasions 7(3):377-385.

Poulos, H.M., B. Chernoff, P.L. Fuller, and D. Butman. 2012. Ensemble forecasting of potential habitat for three invasive fishes. Aquatic Invasions 7(1):59-72.

Witmer, G.W. and P.L. Fuller. 2011. Vertebrate species introductions in the United States and its territories. Current Zoology 57(5):559-567.

Sabo, J.L., T. Sinha, L.C. Bowling, G.H. Shoups, W.W. Wallender, M.E. Campana, K.A. Cherkauer, P.L. Fuller, W.L. Graf, J.W. Hopmans, J.S. Kominoski, C. Taylor, S.W. Trimble, R.H. Webb, and E.E. Wohl. 2010.  Reclaiming freshwater sustainability in the Cadillac Desert.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2010 107 (50):21263-21269.  

Fuller, P.L., D. Diaz, and W. Devers.  2010.  Effects of Hurricane Katrina on an incipient population of Giant Salvinia Salvinia molesta in the lower Pascagoula River, Mississippi.  Gulf and Caribbean Research 22:63-66.

Schofield, P.J., M.E. Brown, and P.L. Fuller.  2006.  Salinity tolerance of goldfish, Carassius auratus L., a non-native fish in the United States.  Florida Scientist 69(4):258-268.


Stohlgren, T.J., D. Barnett, C. Flather, P. Fuller, B. Peterjohn, J. Kartesz, and L. Master.  2006.  Species richness and patterns of Invasion in plants, birds, and fishes in the United States.  Biological Invasions 2006(8):427-447.


Schofield, P.J., J.D. Williams, L.G. Nico, P.L. Fuller, and M. Thomas.  2005.  Foreign Nonindigenous Carps and Minnows (Cyprinidae) in the Continental United States: A Guide to their Identification, Distribution, and Biology.  Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5041.  US Geological Survey.


Courtenay, W.R., Jr., and P.L. Fuller.  2005.  Underwater and out of sight: invasive fishes and the National Park System. Park Science 22(2):42-45.


Fuller, P.L.  2003.  Freshwater Aquatic Vertebrate Introductions in the United States: Patterns and Pathways.  In  Invasion Pathways: Analysis of invasion patterns and pathway management.  G. Ruiz and J. Carlton (eds.).  Island Press, Washington, DC.


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.


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.


Fuller, P.L.  2001.  Case studies of computerized databases: Aquatic plants and animals.  Pages 16-20 in Invasive Species Stakeholders: Collecting, sharing and using information.  Proceedings of a roundtable.  April 26, 2000, Washington, D.C.  U.S Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Riley Memorial Foundation.  58 pp.


Christmas, J., R. Eades, D. Cincotta, A. Shiels, R. Miller, M. J. Siemien, T. Sinnott, P. Fuller.  2000.  History, management, and status of introduced fishes in the Chesapeake Bay Basin.  Pages 97-116 in G.D. Therres (editor).  Conservation of Biological Diversity: A Key to the Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem and Beyond.    Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Annapolis, MD.


Fuller, P.L.  1999.  USGS develops a drainage-based system to track ANS introductions. Aquatic Nuisance Species Digest 3(3):32-35.


Fuller, P.L., L.G. Nico and J.D. Williams.  1999.  Nonindigenous Fishes Introduced into Inland Waters of the United States.  Special Publication 27.  American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.  613 pp.


Nico, L.G., and P.L. Fuller.  1999.  Spatial and temporal patterns of nonindigenous fish introductions in the United States.  Fisheries 24(1):16-27.


Fuller, P.L.  1998.  Nonindigenous species: methods of introduction and impacts.  Transactions of the 63rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.  Wildlife Management Institute, Washington, D.C.


Christmas, J., R. Eades, D. Cincotta, A. Shiels, R. Miller, M. J. Siemien, T. Sinnott, P. Fuller.  1998.  History, management, and status of introduced fishes in the Chesapeake Bay Basin.  Proceedings of the Conference on Conservation and Biological Diversity.


Boydstun, C.P., P.L. Fuller, and J.D. Williams.  1995.  Nonindigenous fishes of the United States.  Pages 431-433 in E.T. LaRoe, G.S. Farris, C.E. Puckett, P.D. Doran, and M.J. Mack.  Our Living Resources: a report on the distribution, abundance, and health of U.S. plants, animals, and ecosystems.  U.S. Department of the Interior, National Biological Service, Washington, D.C.  530 pp.




















My Science Topics

Science Topic
Plants and Animalsinvasive species
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentbiogeography
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems
Geographic Analysis and Mappingmaps and atlases
Natural Resourcesinland fisheries

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Data Integration & Interoperability

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Invasive Species

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species database

Zoogeography and distribution of freshwater fishes.

NAS Program Fact Sheet

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Pam Fuller
7920 NW 71St Street
Gainesville, FL 32653
352-378-4956 - Fax
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