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: 1-607-255-2854

Audrey Bowe is a Research Assistant for 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.


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.


Naomi Haber is a summer intern for NYISRI. She is an Environmental and Sustainability Sciences major with an Environmental Biology and Applied Ecology Concentration at Cornell University where she intends to graduate in 2020. Naomi also works as a Sustainability Coordinator at the Campus Sustainability Office, was the first student to liaison to her towns’ parks board working to implement native tree species protection programs and previously interned at the New York Botanical Gardens.


Grace Mortellaro is a recent graduate of Cornell University. She studied Agricultural and Animal Sciences and for the summer of 2018 she is a communications intern for the New York Invasive Species Research Institute. During her academic career she concentrated in Business and served as the Public Relations Chair for the club gymnastics team.

Sam Schultz is one of the 2018 summer interns for NYISRI, funded through Engaged Cornell. She
recently graduated from Cornell University this May, with a B.S. in Plant Science and a minor in
Environmental Science and Sustainability. She has participated in many invasive species removals
through clubs on campus and coursework in restoration ecology. She is excited to be applying this
knowledge towards creating Best Management Practice Guides this summer for PRISM groups.

Jake Brenner is a rising junior studying Environmental and Sustainability Sciences with a minor in Business at Cornell University. He has previously worked with the Lower Hudson PRISM on Invasive Blockbuster surveying and is currently working with NYISRI to create Best Management Practice guides for targeted invasive species in New York State.

Special Contributors

Amrita Mookerjee:  Logo design

Grant Dobson:  Beech scale (Cryptococcus fagisuga) background

Brendan Quirion, Joseph Chase:  Header images