Martha Volkoff, Invasive Species Program Manager, California Department of Fish & Wildlife e-mail: [email protected]

Martha Volkoff is the Invasive Species Program Manager for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. She has been in the Program since 2008, and over the years worked on a variety of aquatic invasive species management efforts, including quagga/zebra mussels, watersnakes. Martha holds a B.S. and M.S. in Conservation Biology.

 

“Nutria in California: The State’s Response to this Triple Threat”

Nutria (Myocastor coypus) are non-native aquatic rodents that were discovered in the San Joaquin Valley (California) in March of 2017. To protect the State’s environment, agriculture, and water supply infrastructure from the feeding and burrowing impacts of these animals, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is leading the effort to eradicate nutria and thereby avoid their impacts in perpetuity. The eradication effort is modeled after Maryland’s successful program, with adaptations where necessary.