2020 NAISMA Annual Virtual Conference

10/05/2020-10/09/2020 Virtual Event
All times listed are in Central Standard Time.
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Schedule

  • 05 October
  • 06 October
  • 07 October
  • 08 October
  • 09 October

Legislative Committee

10:00 AM 10:30 AM

CB Chuck Bargeron

EB Elizabeth Brown

Standards Committee

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Membership, Marketing and Communications Committee

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Weed Free Forage and Gravel Committee

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

Biocontrol Committee

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

PlayCleanGo Advisory Committee

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

Professional Development Committee

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Annual General Meeting

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

NAISMA Board of Directors Meeting

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Visit with Exhibitors and Sponsors

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Welcome Keynote: Signature Invasive Species Initiatives at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Keynote Speaker, Scott Cameron Department of the Interior

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

BB Belle Bergner

Scott Cameron

DC David  Coyle

Break: Aquatic Invasive Species Early Detection Programs

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Break: Meet Your Neighbor

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Break: Western Invasive Species

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Break: Eastern Invasive Species

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Emerging Forest Pests and Forest Pest Management

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

TC Tom Coleman

DC David  Coyle

SS Stephanie  Snyder

KT Kathryn Thomas

Policy Perspectives Across North America

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

MA Menwyelet "Manny" Atsedu

SB Stanley "Stas" Burgiel

AG Ana Isabel Gonzalez

JM Jeff Morisette

KS Kellie Sherman

CWMAs, CISMAs and PRISMs: Collaboration Leads To Successful Outcomes

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

EB Emily  Bell

KL Krista Lutzke

LP Lindsay Peterson

JR Jasmine Reimer

LR Linda Rohleder

Novel Approaches and Technologies for Invasive Species Management

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

CB Carrie Brown-Lima

PC Pete Coppolillo

CM Chloe Mattilio

Bill  Reynolds

CY Cody Youngbull

Break: Regional Differences

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

Break: Meet Your Neighbor

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

Break: Forest Pest Identification

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

DC David  Coyle

Break: Invasive Plant Management

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

Invasive Species Mapping Systems

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

CB Chuck Bargeron

TB Tricia Bethke

LD Lara Duran

JL Joe LaForest

Classical Biological Weed Control Workshop

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

JA Jennifer Andreas

HH Hariet L.  Hinz

JM Joseph Milan

CR Carol Bell Randall

PW Philip  Weyl

Change Behavior: How Prevention Campaigns Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

JC Julie Carpentier

KD Ken Donnelly

LG Leigh  Greenwood

KL Krista Lutzke

NO Nathan  Owens

Research, Techniques & Tools for Terrestrial Invasive Species

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

AB Anthony Brusa

Kelly  Cooley

JG John Gaskin

AL Andrew  Leonardi

DP Dean Pearson

Closing Remarks for the Day

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

BB Belle Bergner

AfterHours: Social- Meet Your Neighbors!

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Visit with Exhibitors and Sponsors

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Wednesday Keynote: Why Invasions are a Big Problem for Public Health. NAISMA 2020 Awards Ceremony will follow this Keynote.

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

CB Chuck Bargeron

BB Belle Bergner

DC David  Coyle

Shannon  LaDeau

Break: Biocontrol

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

JA Jennifer Andreas

CB Carrie Brown-Lima

Break: Meet Your Neighbor

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

CB Chuck Bargeron

Break: Prevention Campaigns

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

KL Krista Lutzke

Break: Career Paths

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

BB Belle Bergner

New Tools, Translational Science, and Early Detection Tools for Aquatic Invasive Species

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

JB Janine  Bryan

WD Wesley Daniel

MD Meg Duhr

BR Brittney Rogers

KW Kate Wilson

Feral Swine Management and Policy from Canada to Mexico

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

MB Mike Bodenchuk

SC Stephanie Criswell

DN Dale Nolte

TS Tahnee Szymanski

MZ Marnie Zimmer

Terrestrial weed management techniques and tools

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

Kelly  Cooley

AD Aaron David

EL Ellen Lake

HQ Harry Quicke

Cross-Jurisdictional Partnerships

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

EB Elizabeth Brown

PM Phil Matson

TN Tammy Newcomb

RQ Roland Quitugua

JS Jennifer Sieracki

Break: Aquatic Invasive Species Management

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

Break: Mobile Apps - EDDMaps, WildSpotter, and other

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

CB Chuck Bargeron

Break: Animal Invasive Species Management

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

BB Belle Bergner

JS Jennifer Sieracki

Break: Meet Your Neighbor

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

JP John Petty

Economics of Invasive Species Management

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

EB Elizabeth Brown

Rebecca  Epanchin-Niell

AF Amy E.  Fowler

DH Drew Hiatt

SR Sarah Rang

Human Dimensions of Invasive Species Management

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

PC Purnima Chawla

FK Franny Kinslow Brewer

WS Wade  Simmons

RW Robert  Williams

KW Kate Wilson

Risk Assessment, Risk Analysis and Planning Strategies

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

CA Chelsea L.  Arnott

DF Dylan  Finley

LK Leyla Kaufman

TK Tony  Koop

DL Deah Lieurance

Biocontrol

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

JA Jennifer Andreas

JC James P.  Cuda

HH Hariet L.  Hinz

FM Francesca  Marini

PW Philip  Weyl

Closing Remarks

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

BB Belle Bergner

Meet the Award Winners - Networking Reception

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

BB Belle Bergner

Poster: Advancements in Eurasian Watermilfoil Research and Management in Wisconsin

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

MN Michelle Nault

Poster: Modification of spiny lobster traps to catch the invasive lionfish (Pterois spp.)

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

SH Samantha Hagedorn

EH Emily  Hutchinson

Poster: Improvement of external sex identification methods for the invasive round goby

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

BL Bailey  Lorencen

Poster: Early detection and risk assessment of a new species of water chestnut in the Potomac River watershed

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

IP Ian A. Pfingsten

Poster: Comprehensive management protocol for spotted lanternfly in the ornamental landscape setting

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

EL Erik  Lindberg

Poster: Mobilizing a Trained Network: Evaluating Invasive Plant Action After Academy-based Workshops

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

HA Haley  Andreozzi

Poster: Aquatic and Terrestrial Informative Posters

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

BR Bailey Repp

DS Danielle  Smart

Poster: Shedding light on non-native sun corals: distribution and invasion potential of Tubastraea spp. on Florida's Coral Reef

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

KP Kristene Parsons

Poster: Two science-based tools for quickly evaluating the risk of potential nonnative species

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

HH Heidi Himes

Thursday Keynote: Understanding Invasive Species Impacts: lessons from aquatic ecosystems

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

BB Belle Bergner

DC David  Coyle

Anthony  Ricciardi

Break: Forest Pest Management

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

DC David  Coyle

Break: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Invasive Species Management Profession

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

JA Jennifer Andreas

TC Tina Casagrand

Kelly  Cooley

DL Deah Lieurance

Break: Meet the NAISMA Staff

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

BB Belle Bergner

Break: Human Behavior and Invasive Species

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

KD Ken Donnelly

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Management

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

JD Jennifer Dean

MH Mark Heilman

NK Nicole Kimmel

ER Edgar  Rudberg

SS Sara  Stahlman

Engaging the Horticulture Industry to Prevent the Sale of Invasive Plants

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

EB Evelyn M Beaury

TC Tina Casagrand

KG Katie Grzesiak

JM Jan  Merryweather

AS Alex  Stubblefield

Early Detection and Monitoring

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

JF Jonathan Freedman

CH Cari-Ann  Hayer

KL Krista Lutzke

IP Ian A. Pfingsten

Climate Change and Invasive Species

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

JA Jenica M.  Allen

BB Bethany  Bradley

CB Carrie Brown-Lima

TM Toni Lyn Morelli

Break: Meet the Board

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

KW Kate Wilson

Break: Career Paths

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

MB Molly Bodde

KK Kim Kelly

Break: Invasive Species Law and Policy

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

EB Elizabeth Brown

Break: Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CWMAs, CISMAs, PRISMs)

01:00 PM 01:30 PM

KG Katie Grzesiak

LP Lindsay Peterson

Outreach and Citizen Science

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

RC Rachel L.  Carroll

KL Krista Lutzke

RS Rebecca Schroeder

BS Brook Schryer

RW Rebekah D. Wallace

Engaging the Pet Trade and Marine Industry to Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

BD Brant Dupree

LE Leah  Elwell

PF Paige Filice

KW Kate Wilson

DZ Dennis Zabaglo

Pathways and Vectors for New Invaders

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

Kelly  Cooley

AF Amy E.  Fowler

LG Lyn Gettys

MM Margaret  McEachran

TO Thomas A.  O'Rourke

Data Sharing and Database Resources

01:30 PM 03:00 PM

CB Chuck Bargeron

SC Shelley Cooke

KG Katharine Gerst

RK Rachel Kesel

AS Annie Simpson

Closing Keynote: Integrating Economics, Ecology, and Human Behavior to Improve Invasive Species Management

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

BB Belle Bergner

Rebecca  Epanchin-Niell

Certified Weed-Free Products Workshop: Full Workshop

11:00 AM 03:00 PM

BB Belle Bergner

EB Elizabeth Brown

JK Julie Kraft

AM Andrea Moe

MW Marsha Watland

Certified Weed-Free Products Workshop: Welcome

11:00 AM 11:05 AM

BB Belle Bergner

Certified Weed-Free Products Workshop: The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

11:05 AM 11:15 AM

EB Elizabeth Brown

Certified Weed-Free Products Workshop: Weed Free Forage Minimum Standards and Inspection Process

11:15 AM 12:00 PM

JK Julie Kraft

Certified Weed-Free Products Workshop: Q&A and Break

12:00 PM 12:10 PM

JK Julie Kraft

Certified Weed Free Products Workshop: Weed Free Gravel Minimum Standards

12:10 PM 12:40 PM

MW Marsha Watland

Certified Weed Free Products Workshop: Weed Free Mulch Minimum Standards

12:40 PM 01:00 PM

AM Andrea Moe

Certified Weed-Free Products Workshop: Q&A and Break

01:00 PM 01:15 PM

AM Andrea Moe

MW Marsha Watland

Certified Weed Free Products Workshop: Weed Identification

01:15 PM 02:45 PM

JK Julie Kraft

Q&A

02:45 PM 03:00 PM

EB Elizabeth Brown

JK Julie Kraft

AM Andrea Moe

MW Marsha Watland

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Speakers

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Aaron David

Research Ecologist
USDA-ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
Dr. Aaron David is a Research Ecologist at the USDA-ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory. He earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, and his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota in 2016. At his current position, he manages the mass-rearing and release of biological control agents against Lygodium microphyllum, and researches the population dynamics and impacts of these agents.

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Alex Stubblefield

Project Manager
PlantRight
Alex joined PlantRight as Project Manager in October 2019. Previously, Alex was the Community Garden Coordinator at Google Headquarters. In this role, she maintained and taught about edible gardens and oversaw the management of the campus’ Green Loop which provides protective habitat for wildlife and beautiful scenery. Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from UC Davis and Associate’s degrees in Biological and Natural Sciences from Sierra College.

08 October

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Amy E. Fowler

Assistant Professor
George Mason University
Dr. Fowler’s general research interests and experiences include species patterns, biodiversity, phenotypic plasticity, parasitology, and community and population level interactions of aquatic invertebrates, especially those concerning invasions. She has experience working in freshwater, estuarine, and marine systems both in the U.S. and globally. Her lab has three main topics of study: host-parasite interactions, invasion dynamics and processes, and impacts of human development on aquatic invertebrate species. Dr. Fowler teaches courses in Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology and Marine Ecology at the grad and undergrad level. She is a research associate with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, where she completed her postdoctoral work. She is a deputy-editor-in-chief for three international journals: Aquatic Invasions, Management of Biological Invasions, and Bioinvasions Records.

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Ana Isabel Gonzalez

Deputy Coordinator of Invasive Species
CONABIO
I am a biologist with a Master's Degree in Conservation Biology at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology in Canterbury, Kent, UK. I also studied a PhD in conservation biology at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. I have been working as head of the Invasive Species Program at the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) since 2007. Some of my activities, and my team´s, include the development of the National Invasive Species Information System (NISIS), we also oversee the development of research projects and provide technical information for decision making. From 20017 to 2010 I worked on the development and coordination of Mexico's National Invasive Species Strategy, which CONABIO is also working on implementing as an information provider. I participate in several fora at the National and international levels. I was the Chair of NAPPO´s Invasive species panel from 2010-2012 and also the chair of the North American Invasive Species Network (NAISN) from 2012 to 2014.

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Andie Graham

Research Scientist
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Andie Graham is a Professional Wetland Scientist working in the Department of Environmental Science and Ecology at The College at Brockport- State University of New York (SUNY Brockport) where she teaches courses in wetland delineation and environmental science and conducts research in wetland ecosystems. Andie’s research focuses on habitat restoration, which includes the removal of invasive plant species and restoring rare and native plant communities to wetlands. She is the currently the Principal Investigator on two projects involving the research and removal of the invasive grass slender false-brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum).
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Andrea Moe

Agricultural Inspector III
Nevada Department of Agriculture

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Andrew Leonardi

Graduate Student, Terrestrial Plant Lab
SUNY Brockport
I am a graduate student in the terrestrial plant lab at SUNY Brockport. My experience with surveying, identification, and manual removal of invasive species have led me to doing research on the impacts of invasive species on ecosystems. Slender false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) is a plant I have surveyed for around New York State and it is the focus of my masters thesis. I am interested in how slender false brome alters ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling and decomposition because of slender false bromes large-scale invasion.

06 October

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Annie Simpson

Biologist and Information Scientist
U.S. Geological Survey
Annie Simpson is a biologist and information scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey's headquarters who has worked with invasive species data and standards development for two decades. As BISON's product owner, she coordinates the IT improvements and addition of federal and invasive species data to the USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) all-taxa online mapping application.

08 October

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Anthony Brusa

Postdoctoral Associate
University of Minnesota
Dr. Brusa received his PhD at Rutgers University, and is currently a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota. His research career has focused on investigating invasive plants through a multidisciplinary approach; combining field ecology, population genetics/genomics and computational biology. He has published in extremely diverse topics such as pollination, latitudinal herbivory, machine learning and tree canopy assessments, and population structure of invasive trees. He currently leads a team at the University of Minnesota focused on developing tools for control and detection of Palmer Amaranth.

06 October

Anthony Ricciardi

Professor of Biology and McGill Trottier Fellow
McGill University
Dr. Anthony Ricciardi is Professor of Biology in the Redpath Museum and the School of Environment at McGill University, and a McGill Trottier Fellow in Science and Public Policy. He received his PhD from McGill (in 1997) and his postdoctoral training from Laval University (as an NSERC Fellow) and Dalhousie University (as a Killam Fellow). He joined the Faculty of Science at McGill in 2001 and was awarded a Quebec Strategic Professorship in 2002. Since 2016, he has also been an associate member of the Centre of Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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Bailey Lorencen

Student
Michigan State University
I am an undergraduate student from Grand Ledge, Michigan studying Fisheries and Wildlife management at Michigan State University. My time as an undergraduate student has been spent working in a genetics lab assisting my mentor, Dr. Jared Homola, on research broadly focused on round goby ecology in the Great Lakes. After completion of my undergraduate degree, I have plans to move to Montana with hopes of completing a graduate program in fisheries management before beginning a career as a natural resource biologist.

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Belle Bergner

NAISMA

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Bethany Bradley

Associate Professor of Biogeography and Invasion Ecology, Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Bethany Bradley is an Associate Professor of Biogeography and Invasion Ecology in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is interested in how the geographical locations of species across landscapes and regions can inform ecological understanding of species distributions, invasion risk assessments, and conservation planning. Her research has a strong focus on terrestrial plant invasions, with a goal of understanding how invasive plant distributions, abundance, and impact vary spatially. Dr. Bradley also leads the Northeast Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change (RISCC) Management network, which addresses the question of how we can better manage for upcoming biological invasions in light of climate change.

08 October

Bill Reynolds

President
Leading Edge Aerial Technologies
William "Bill" Reynolds – 35 years of experience in the agricultural and vector control markets.
His background includes specific expertise as an instrument-rated pilot, a patent holder of GPS guidance and drift optimization system, the inventor of automated droplet analysis systems, and the originator of the first web-based GIS spatial database technology for vector control. More recently, Bill became the first recipient of an FAA authorized 333 Exemption combined with an FAA Part 137 Certificate for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, to conduct aerial imagery and the aerial application of agricultural products. Bill, having treated thousands of acres via UAS, provides tremendous knowledge, experience, and an unblemished record in safety. Bill and the Leading Edge Aerial Technology team have successfully designed, manufactured, sold, and used UAS in a variety of applications across the country and abroad.

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Brant Dupree

Americorp Member
Upper Columbia Conservation Commission
Brant Dupree is an AmeriCorps member serving with the Upper Columbia Conservation Commission and the Missoula County Weed District in Missoula, Montana.  His main projects include the implementation of the UC3 Industry Outreach Plan, facilitating Education and Outreach to partners throughout the Columbia River Basin, and supporting the Clearwater Junction Watercraft Inspection Station.  Brant graduated from North Carolina State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Chemical Engineering.

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Brittney Rogers

Aquatic Restoration and Resiliency Coordinator
SLELO PRISM and The Nature Conservancy
Brittney began her career as a watercraft inspection steward, which led to her participation in developing the NYS Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook and survey tool to standardize programs and data collection across the northeast. While completing her master’s degree at SUNY ESF, she worked with the New York Natural Heritage Program to develop and evaluate the Certified Trainers Network, a citizen science train-the-trainer program which was aimed to increase training and participation in iMapInvasives. Her experiences have led her to her current position, as the Aquatic Restoration and Resiliency Coordinator for the SLELO PRISM, where she coordinates many projects including, Aquatic Restoration Initiative, environmental DNA sampling, early detection field work, SLELO’s Watercraft Inspection Steward Program and the Aquatic Invasive Species Macrophyte Nutrient Analysis.

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Brook Schryer

Aquatic Program Specialist
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Brook Schryer is the Aquatic Program Specialist with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters' Invading Species Awareness Program, where he has worked since 2015. Brook received his Masters in Sustainability from Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario. In his role, his responsibilities include: aquatic invasive species education and outreach, development of educational resources, answering the Invading Species Hotline, and facilitating the tracking of invasive species in Ontario.

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Bryan Dailey

NAISMA
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Cari-Ann Hayer

Fisheries Biologist
US Fish and Wildlife Service
I am the Aquatic Invasive Species Early Detection and Monitoring project leader for the Lake Michigan Basin. I have been with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service since 2016 and was previously with U.S. Geological Survey researching bigheaded and grass carp reproduction and population dynamics. In my current position we monitor for invasive carps yet to be detected in Lake Michigan as well as other potential invaders (e.g., tench,) and current AIS with restricted ranges (e.g., red swamp crayfish, Eurasian ruffe).

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Carol Bell Randall

Entomologist/Weed Biocontrol Specialist
United States Forest Service
Carol Bell Randall is a entomologist and weed biocontrol specialist for the UDSA Forest Service and helps coordinate weed biocontrol partners and activity across the western US.

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Carrie Brown-Lima

Director
New York Invasive Species Research Institute
Carrie Brown-Lima is a Senior Extension Associate and the Director of the NY Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University. In this role, she works closely with research scientists, state and federal agencies, the NY Invasive Species Council and Advisory Committee and regional managers and stakeholders to promote innovation and improve the scientific basis of invasive species management.
She is co-founder of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management (RISCC) network

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Chelsea L. Arnott

Planner
Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC)
Chelsea Arnott is the Planner for the Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. She has over a decade of field experience working for various conservation groups in Hawaii that manage native ecosystems and control invasive species. Her experience in the field led her to pursue a masterʻs degree from the University of Hawaii,  Natural Resources and Environmental Management department where she focused her research on policy for invasive species prevention and biosecurity. Through her work at the HISC she is able to work on the most pressing biosecurity issues and implement the Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan.

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Chloe Mattilio

PhD student
Univesity of Wyoming
Chloe is a PhD student studying invasive plant ecology at the University of Wyoming working with Dan Tekiela, PhD. She has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Geographic Information Systems from Paul Smith’s College, where she worked to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive plants. She first came to Wyoming as a seasonal rangeland botanist for an environmental consulting firm, monitoring vegetation on pipelines and well pads in natural gas fields near Pinedale, WY. Chloe’s current research projects include using UAS remote sensing for the early detection of invasive plants in rangelands in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and in Wyoming forage fields, satellite remote sensing for invasive plant mapping in the Yampa River watershed in Colorado, and developing a prioritization tool for invasive plant population management for Fremont County, Wyoming.

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Chuck Bargeron

Co-Director
UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
Chuck is one of the two Co-Directors at the Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health and has a Public Service Faculty appointment split between the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia.  He has been with the University of Georgia for 20 years where he has developed web applications, smartphone applications, interactive CD-ROMs, databases and outreach publications. Websites that Chuck has designed for the University of Georgia have been featured twice in Science Magazine, received regional awards for content and design, and have received over 1 billion hits in the last 10 years.  Chuck is President-Elect of NAISMA.

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Cody Youngbull

Professor
University of MT, Division of Biological Sciences, Flathead Lake Biological Station
Cody Youngbull is a professor at the University of Montana, Division of Biological Sciences, Flathead Lake Biological Station. Dr. Youngbull earned a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Washington in 2001 for his work on ultrafast laser manufacturing of polymer photonic sensors. Prior to this, Dr. Youngbull received his degree in Biophysics and was employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Nonproliferation and International Security Division. Dr. Youngbull has been a Research Professor for 10 years, developing free-space optical communications systems and biosensors based on emulsion droplet microfluidics and novel optical materials. Dr. Youngbull currently directs SensorSpace, a cutting-edge facility for environmental sensor design, prototyping, production, and deployment at the Flathead Lake Biological Station.

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Dale Nolte

Program Manager
APHIS National Feral Swine Damage Management Program
Dr. Dale Nolte is the Program Manager for the APHIS National Feral Swine Damage Management Program. He received his BS and MS degrees from Kansas State University and PhD from Utah State University. Dale began his career with USDA/APHIS, Wildlife Services (WS) as a research scientist developing methods and approaches to deter wildlife damage to timber resources and addressing invasive species issues. He then became the Mammal Research Program Manager for the WS National Wildlife Research Center. Later, as an Assistant Coordinator for the WS National Wildlife Disease Program, he coordinated Wildlife Services’ international activities for several years. He also oversaw the WS Emergency Response Program and managed the feral swine disease monitoring project. In 2012, Dale was assigned to the WS Deputy Administrator’s Office to develop a national program to address feral swine issues. Subsequently, he accepted his current role to implement and manage the program.

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Danielle Smart

Field Operations Coordinator
East Kootenay Invasive Species Council
Originally from England, Danny found a love of the outdoors when visiting Canada for the first time in 2006. Since then she has worked in a variety of fields including outdoor education, adventure tourism, and hospitality. After studying Natural Resource Management with a minor in First Nations Studies in Northern British Columbia, she started working within the world of invasive species in 2016, and found a passion in learning, treating, and educating the public about invasive species.

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David Coyle

Assistant Professor
Clemson University
Dr. David Coyle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University.  His Extension Forestry program focuses on forest and tree health and invasive species management in forests and managed landscapes across the Southeast. Dave uses social media as a teaching tool for forest health, and you can find Dave’s forest health outreach work on Twitter (@drdavecoyle) or Instagram (drdavecoyle) where he regularly posts about invasive pests and all things related to trees. Dave’s research activities include finding better control methods for invasive plants in forests, and evaluating novel bark beetle management strategies.

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Deah Lieurance

Dr.
University of Florida
Deah Lieurance is an Extension Scientist and coordinator of the University of Florida, IFAS’ Assessment of Non-native plants. Since joining UF, she has used risk assessment and non-native plant screening tools to evaluate over 200 species providing guidance for the use of nonnative plants in Florida. These results are used to guide policy at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), prioritize invasive plant management by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and inform university decisions regarding the release of cultivars developed at UF. Deah received her Ph.D. from Wright State University in 2012. She also spent 3 yrs in Ft. Lauderdale at the USDA Invasive Plant Research Laboratory participating in biocontrol. She is the current chair of the Florida Invasive Species Council (formerly FLEPPC) and a NAISMA board member.

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Dean Pearson

Research Scientist
Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Dean Pearson received his BS in wildlife biology, his MS in zoology, and his PhD in organismal biology and ecology all from the University of Montana. He has been a research scientist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA FS, Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems Program since 2005, where he leads an invasive species research team exploring the causes and consequences of plant invasions and the efficacy of invasive species management strategies. He is also adjunct faculty with the Ecology and Evolution faculty at the University of Montana.

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Dennis Zabaglo

Aquatic Resources Program Manager and Principal Environmental Specialist
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Dennis is the Aquatic Resources Program Manager and a Principal Environmental Specialist at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Dennis has over 25 years of experience in natural resource management and leads Lake Tahoe’s robust aquatic invasive species program that includes dozens of partners both public and private. His commitment to fostering partnerships education, coupled with strategic thinking has allowed the program to become a national model. In his free time, Dennis enjoys all of Lake Tahoe’s splendor, and cheering for his beloved alma mater, Penn State.

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Drew Hiatt

Plant Community Ecologist
University of Florida
Drew is a plant community ecologist currently working in Dr. Luke Flory's lab on various projects that quantify impacts of plant invasions as well as projects that test various mechanisms that promote invader success across heterogeneous environments. Prior to receiving his M.S. in interdisciplinary ecology, Drew earned a bachelor's degree in economics, and has utilized economic tools to look at long term trends in the allocation of resources for invasive plant management. While these analyses were conducted for the state of Florida, Drew hopes that other states or regions will conduct similar studies. These types of analyses can aide in our understanding of the scale of the economic problem posed by plant invaders, while also testing the various ecological, economic, and geographic factors that may influence the spatial allocation of resources for managing plant invaders.

07 October

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Dylan Finley

Research Assistant
New York Natural Heritage Program
Dylan Finley is a second year masters student at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His research focuses on invasive species prioritization and lag times in species invasions. When not writing his thesis, he enjoys pretty much everything that includes a plant, especially nature walks, vegetable gardening, and nursing his houseplants back from the brink of death.

07 October

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Edgar Rudberg

CEO
CD3, General Benefit Corporation
As the third generation of his family in the boating industry, Dr. Rudberg has a passion for outdoor recreation and conservation. He is an avid angler, bow fisherman, hunter, and boater. As an entrepreneur of over a decade, he has developed numerous conservation-focused products which grew to national distribution. His Ph.D. in Natural Resources Science and Management blended communication and psychological theory to catalyze individuals' adoption of conservation behaviors on lakes.

08 October

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Elizabeth Brown

WFFGM & Professional Development Program Manager
NAISMA

05 October