Being a Great Lakes researcher, I am familiar with the arrival and rapid expansion of Dreissenid (Zebra and Quagga) Mussels in these large lakes. This event drew attention to the problem of invasive species and generated some tremendous scientific research on the impacts these exotic mussels had on foodweb dynamics. Obviously this influenced me as an editor as well. Several pioneering papers documenting the impacts of Dreissenid Mussels on the ecology of the lower Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario) appeared including: Leach and Lewis, 1991; Leach, 1995; Mills et al, 1993; Leach et al.,1999; MacIsaac, 1999; Dermott and Munawar, 2003, which shaped our understanding of this developing threat to aquatic ecosystems.

AEHMS’ interest in the topic of exotic species research resulted in the organization of several conferences, as well as publications in its journal AEHM and through the...

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