Next to habitat destruction, invasive
species are an important agent leading to loss of biodiversity.
Models are useful for predicting what is happening and
what could happen in a population of invasive species
or species affected by them.
Zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mollusks that
threaten many bodies of water they inhabit. In high
numbers, they become a nuisance to other aquatic species
and an indirect threat to humans. They can clog-up industrial
water supplies, eliminate native species and alter aquatic