Climate change is warming northeastern water bodies and changing the environmental conditions
that structure aquatic communities, presenting new challenges for the management and conservation
of these ecosystems. The altered physical, chemical, and biological conditions resulting from warming waters
may benefi t or harm native species while providing new opportunities for non-native species to establish or
expand. Here, we summarize how increasing water temperatures may in fluence aquatic invasives and synthesize
the growing body of scientifi c evidence on this topic. Managers should consider these changes when
drafting management plans, creating species watch lists, and planning strategically for the future.
invasive species; climate change; water temperature; climate change