Schools and Science Curricula as Potential Pathways for Aquatic Invasive Species

We are working on a Washington Sea Grant funded project with multiple partners in the United States and Canada researching schools and biological/science supply houses as a pathway for invasive species. Our core goal is to develop tools and products that can help prevent new invasions while maintaining live organisms as a learning tool in the classroom. Our research involves understanding how live organisms are selected and used in the classroom and in curricula; as well as how live organisms are acquired, cultivated, distributed for educational use in classrooms. As educators, we highly value the use of live organisms as learning tools, that is why we really hope to partner with teachers to explore, develop and test common solutions, tools, and new educational products that will improve our ability to prevent invasive species and enhance learning about invasion biology. Our project team includes educators, researchers, and professors from all over the United States and Canada, including University of Illinois, Oregon State University, Cornell University, University of Washington, University of Southern California, and the University of Florida.