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Invasive bighead and silver carps and the Great Lakes: evaluation of alternative natural food sources for the invading carp.


August 2010 - September 2013


Non-native bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) and silver carp (H. molitrix) (together, the “bigheaded carps”) were imported to the United States in the 1970s. They escaped captivity, spread, and increasingly dominate Midwestern waterways. The Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association considers these Asian carps the most important invasive species in the basin. There is tremendous concern that these fishes will invade the Laurentian Great Lakes and have undesirable effects on existing fisheries.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 77

Presentations: 251



  • Craig PaukertPrincipal Investigator
  • Karthik MasagounderStaff
  • Preston FeltropStudent

Funding Agencies

  • USGS


Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Missouri Department of Conservation
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Missouri
  5. Wildlife Management Institute