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Media Availability: Zebra Mussels and Fresh Water

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The Province of Manitoba has proclaimed April 22 to 28 Invasive Species Awareness Week, and is continuing efforts to make the public aware of the negative effects invasive species can have on our environment.

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is pleased to offer expertise to media on zebra mussels—one Manitoba waters' most common invasive species—and the effect they can have on our province's fresh water.

Dr. Scott Higgins is an IISD Experimental Lakes Area Research Scientist who has studied the ecological impacts of zebra mussels across North America and Europe over the last decade. He has authored several research papers and book chapters on their impacts, and co-authored a national risk assessment of zebra mussels in Canada.

To arrange to speak with Dr. Higgins please contact Sumeep Bath at or +1 (204) 958 7700 ext 740.   

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is one of the world’s most influential freshwater research facilities. It features a collection of 58 small lakes and their watersheds in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, as well as a facility with accommodations and laboratories for up to 60 personnel. By manipulating these small lakes, scientists are able to examine how all aspects of the ecosystem—from the atmosphere to fish populations—respond.

About the International Institute for Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today – ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic and social rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa and Toronto, our work impacts lives in nearly 100 countries.

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