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

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Total listings: 124

Name: Bossert, Philip (Manager)

Institution: NYS OPRHP

Description of invasive species management work:

Supervisor of an Invasive Species Management crew for NYS Parks that works throughout Western and Central New York. We survey, monitor, and remove primarily terrestrial plants.

Also worked doing Spotted Lanternfly management in Pennsylvania.

Countries: United States

States: New York, Pennsylvania

Species: Aquatic plants, Terrestrial invertebrates, Terrestrial plants, Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Mugwort (Artemisia spp.), Barberry (Berberis thunbergii), Slender false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum), Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculata), Knapweed, spotted (Centaurea maculosa), Swallow-wort, black (Cynanchum nigrum), Swallow-wort, pale (Cynanchum rossicum), Common teasel (Dipsacus fullonum), Olive, Russian (Elaeagnus angustifolia), Olive, autumn (Elaeagnus umbellata), Burning bush (Euonymus alatus), Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus), Dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis), Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora),

Ecosystems: Forest, Meadow, Riparian, Shrubland, Wetland

NY Regions: Lower Hudson, Catskills, St. Lawrence/E. Lake Ontario, Finger Lakes, Western NY

Last updated: July 29, 2019 at 1:17 pm

Name: Bradley, Bethany (Researcher)

Institution: University of Massachusetts

Description of Expertise:

My research focuses on the spatial distributions of invasive plants. At regional and landscape scales, I aim to understand how the environment and people relate to invasion risk.

Phone: (413) 545-1764


Countries: South Africa

States: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Species: Terrestrial plants, Other, Biogeography of most US invasive plants,

Ecosystems: Grassland

Research Areas: Risk assessment

Last updated: October 9, 2015 at 1:17 am

Name: Bradshaw, Cassie (Researcher)

Institution: Green Mountain College/ Capital Region Non-Native Invasive Species project

Description of Expertise:

My current research focuses on the ecological and economical impacts and common settling tendencies of Non-native invasive terrestrial and aquatic fauna and flora species on the various habitat types located in New York State.

Species: Aquatic invertebrates, Aquatic plants, Terrestrial Invertebrates, Terrestrial plants, Wetland plants, Viruses, Other, Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata),

Ecosystems: Forest, Freshwater, Grassland, Urban, Wetland

Research Areas: Chemical ecology, Extension and education, Human dimensions, Public policy, Species demography, Impacts (ecological)

NY Regions: Capital Mohawk

Last updated: October 7, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Name: Brown-Lima, Carrie (Researcher)

Institution: NYISRI – Cornell University

Description of Expertise:

My role at the NYISRI is to coordinate invasive species research to help prevent and manage the impact of invasive species in New York State.

Phone: (607) 882-0824


Research Areas: Extension and education

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

Name: Caraco, Thomas (Researcher)

Institution: University at Albany

Description of Expertise:

Models for initial establishment and later spatial growth of dispersal-limited invaders.


Research Areas: Mapping/modelling

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

Name: Chapman, Duane (Researcher)

Institution: US Geological Survey

Description of Expertise:

Bighead, silver, grass, and black carps have been the center of my research since 2002, but I have had an interest in these fish since the 1970s, soon after their original importations. Current research focuses on control through capture, early detection, selective toxic bait for black carp, risk assessments for carps in new locations, and early life history (behavior, development, requirements), especially as it relates to development of control mechanisms. I am also currently co-editing a symposium on snakeheads, and I have been the Research and Risk Assessment Committee chair for the Mississippi River Basin Panel on aquatic nuisance species (MRBP) for more than 10 years.

Phone: 573-355-0257


Countries: United States

States: Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio

Species: Aquatic vertebrates, Northern snakehead (Channa argus), Grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), Common carp (Cyprinus carpio),

Ecosystems: Freshwater

Last updated: May 13, 2019 at 12:29 pm

Name: Chen, Yolanda (Researcher)

Institution: University of Vermont

Description of Expertise:

I am interested in how humans have strongly influenced insect pest evolution, genetics, and ecology by selecting particular strains of crop plants, cultivating crops, and moving them around the world. Our research focuses on how these human-mediated historical ecological, evolutionary, and anthropogenic changes have facilitated insect pest outbreaks in agricultural systems.


Countries: Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam

States: California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Washington

Species: Terrestrial Invertebrates, Swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii), Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata),

Ecosystems: Agricultural

Research Areas: Chemical ecology, Extension and education

NY Regions: Finger Lakes

Last updated: October 9, 2015 at 1:16 am

Name: Cole, Jonathan (Researcher)

Institution: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Description of Expertise:

I have worked most significantly on the impacts of the zebra mussel on biogeochemistry of the Hudson River. The other research on invasives has been ancillary


States: Wisconsin

Species: Aquatic invertebrates, Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea), Crayfish (Orconectes obscurus, O. rusticus, or O. virilis), Quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis), Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha), Spiny waterflea (Bythotrephes longimanus),

Ecosystems: Freshwater, Marine

Research Areas: Extension and education, Impacts (ecological), Mapping/modelling, Management techniques, Public policy, Risk assessment, Species demography

NY Regions: Capital Mohawk, Lower Hudson

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

Name: Corbin, Jeff (Researcher)

Institution: Union College

Description of Expertise:

My research includes applying the population biology of garlic mustard to efforts to control it. I also am working to develop effective mapping of aquatic invasive plants for the purpose of quantifying their economic impacts.

Phone: (518) 388-6097


States: California

Species: Terrestrial plants, Barberry (Berberis thunbergii), Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.),

Ecosystems: Forest, Freshwater, Grassland, Urban

Research Areas: Chemical ecology, Extension and education, Human dimensions, Impacts (ecological, economic), Mapping/modelling, Management techniques (mechanical/manual, chemical), Public policy, Species demography

NY Regions: Adirondacks, St. Lawrence/E. Lake Ontario, Capital Mohawk, Catskills, Lower Hudson

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

Name: Cosentino, Bradley (Researcher)

Institution: Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Description of Expertise:

My research addresses how land use and other drivers of environmental change affect wildlife population dynamics, community structure, and evolution.

Phone: (315) 781-4602


States: New Mexico

Species: Terrestrial plants, Creosotebush (Larrea tridentata),

Ecosystems: Agricultural, Forest, Freshwater, Grassland, Wetland

Research Areas: Impacts (ecological), Management techniques (chemical), Species demography

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