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.

Carrie has nearly 20 years of experience working with natural resource conservation and management across ecosystems and borders. Prior to her position with the Research Institute, Carrie spent 11 years promoting conservation strategies and partnerships in Brazil and throughout Latin America on diverse programs such as sustainable fisheries certifications, agriculture and conservation, and transboundary protected areas.

Phone: 1-607-255-2824
Email: cjb37@cornell.edu

Audrey Bowe is a Project Coordinator with NYISRI.  She graduated from Cornell University in 2014 with a B.S. in Natural Resources, and has five years of experience working in an invasive species research lab.

Email: aeb286@cornell.edu

Abby Bezrutczyk is a communications coordinator with NYISRI. She graduated from Cornell University with her Bachelors in environmental science in 2020. During her undergrad she worked in the Blossey lab studying the potential negative impacts that invasive Brachypodium and Lonicera have on the soil, and how this soil alteration may impact the growth of native plants. With experience in stewardship and managing invasive plants on Long Island, she understands the importance of making research applicable to management. She is passionate about writing and making science accessible and engaging for a public audience.

Email:  ab985@cornell.edu

Arden Blumenthal is a research assistant for NYSIRI as well as the assistant for the New York New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Dogs program. She graduated with a BS in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech in 2016, where she worked with various species of wildlife, including the elusive eastern hellbender.  She went on to earn an MS degree from Purdue University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Arden is passionate about human-wildlife conflict mitigation, animal behavior, and conservation biology, which has led her to start a career as a conservation dog handler.

Email: ablumenthal@nynjtc.org

Jennifer Price Tack is a postdoctoral researcher and wildlife ecologist specializing in quantitative ecology and decision support science. She completed her B.S. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, her Masters at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, and her Ph.D. at Auburn University. She has worked on a variety of natural resource problems, including decision-making for deer and hunter management, and bioeconomic modeling of salmon aquaculture in southern Chile. She is currently applying her skills to tackle the issue of prioritizing invasive species management in New York State.

Email:  jpricetack@cornell.edu

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