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Develop an Adaptive Management Framework to Reduce the Impact of Invasive Phragmites in the Great Lakes Basin


August 2015 - March 2018


This project will develop decision support tools for Phragmites management in the Great Lakes Basin. This effort will develop dynamic system models and decision support tools for Phragmites management that are informed by on-the-ground data. The new integrated approach will build on existing successful programs and resources (e.g., the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative (GLPC), structured decision making at the local land-unit scale, Best Management Practices (BMP) guidelines), develop much needed new components (e.g., standardized scalable monitoring protocol, centralized data management system, larger scale state/transition models, expanded BMP toolkit), and put in place a strategic information stream to support decision makers. Development of the integrated approach will need to be a multi-institution effort to both take advantage of existing investments and maximize basin-wide participation and investment by resource managers. Success of this project will result in a framework for using adaptive management to manage Phragmites on the patch and landscape scale.

Research Products and Activities


  • Haak, D. M., K. P. Kowalski, C. T. Moore, and A. DaSilva. 2016. Introducing the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). 59th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research (International Association for Great Lakes Research), 6-10 June 2016, Guelph, ON, CANADA.
  • Haak, D. M., K. P. Kowalski, C. T. Moore, and A. DaSilva. 2017. Developing the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). 77th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, 5-8 February 2017, Lincoln, NE.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 40

Presentations: 140



  • Clinton MooreCo-Principal Investigator
  • Kurt KowalskiCo-Principal Investigator
  • Danielle HaakNon-PI Collaborator

Funding Agencies

  • USGS - Great Lakes Science Center


Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Georgia
  5. Wildlife Management Institute