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Expert Database

In NYISRI’s ongoing effort to connect research to practice, we compiled a database of invasive species experts from around the region.

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Total listings: 126

Name: Wickings, Kyle (Researcher)

Institution: Cornell University

Description of Expertise:

Research on soil invertebrates including beneficial and pest organisms. Work on invasive jumping worms in lawn and landscape settings. Invasive species management (earthworms and exotic insect pests) in managed grasses.

Species: Terrestrial invertebrates,

Research Areas: Management techniques

NY Regions: Catskills, Capital Mohawk, St. Lawrence/E. Lake Ontario, Finger Lakes, Western NY

Last updated: November 21, 2019 at 10:15 am

Name: Williams, Scott (Researcher)

Institution: The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Description of Expertise:

My research centers around Japanese barberry and the favorable microclimate it creates for blacklegged ticks, white-footed mice, and tick-associated pathogens. We are also investigating the impacts of invasive species control and deer herbivory on native and invasive regeneration.

Phone: (203) 974-8609


States: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island

Species: Terrestrial plants, Barberry (Berberis thunbergii), Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora), Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculata),

Ecosystems: Forest

Research Areas: Impacts (ecological, social), Management techniques (mechanical/manual, chemical, fire), Risk assessment

NY Regions: Lower Hudson

Last updated: September 21, 2015 at 7:13 am

Name: Wong, David (Researcher)

Institution: State University of New York at Oneonta

Description of Expertise:

My research is mainly about ecology, impact, and management of invasive bivalves such as zebra/quagga mussels, Asian clam, green mussel Perna viridis, and Rangia clam. I have experience in early detection, prevention and control of other aquatic invasive species too.


Countries: Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China

States: Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Wisconsin

Species: Aquatic invertebrates, Aquatic plants, Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea), Mussel, green (Perna viridis), Quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis), Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha), Spiny waterflea (Bythotrephes longimanus), Didymo (Didymosphenia geminata), Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), Water chestnut (Trapa natans),

Ecosystems: Freshwater, Marine

Research Areas: Chemical ecology, Human dimensions, Impacts (ecological, economic), Mapping/modelling, Management techniques (biological control, mechanical/manual, chemical), Public policy, Risk assessment, Species demography

Last updated: September 21, 2015 at 7:13 am

Name: Young, Brenda (Researcher)

Institution: Daemen College

Description of Expertise:

Current research focuses on ecological impact of invasive flowering plants on the pollinator community and native plant species. Specifically, I am interested in whether the presence of the invasives may alter pollinator activity and reproductive success of the native flowering plants.

Phone: (716) 839-8366


States: Florida

Species: Aquatic invertebrates, Terrestrial Invertebrates, Terrestrial plants, Wetland plants, Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha), Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

Ecosystems: Agricultural, Wetland

Research Areas: Impacts (ecological), Species demography

NY Regions: Western NY

Last updated: September 21, 2015 at 7:13 am


Institution: Cornell University

Description of Expertise:

Biological control of alfalfa snout beetle with native persistent entomopathogenic nematodes

Countries: Canada

Species: Terrestrial Invertebrates, Alfalfa snout beetle (Otiorhynchus ligustici),

Ecosystems: Agricultural

Research Areas: Extension and education, Impacts (ecological, economic), Management techniques (biological control)

NY Regions: Adirondacks, Finger Lakes, St. Lawrence/E. Lake Ontario

Last updated: September 21, 2015 at 7:13 am


Institution: Union College

Description of Expertise:

My research deals with the economic valuation of the harm caused by invasive species and the benefits of remediation.


Species: Terrestrial plants, Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia),

Ecosystems: Pine Barrens

Research Areas: Human dimensions, Impacts (economic), Public policy, Risk assessment

NY Regions: Capital Mohawk

Last updated: September 21, 2015 at 7:13 am