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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: Larsen, Todd (Manager)

Institution: East Kootenay Invasive Species Council

Description of invasive species management work:

I am the Program Manager of a regional non-profit invasive species organization in Southeast BC, Canada called the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council (EKISC). EKISC focuses on invasive species management, education, prevention, and collaboration with a variety of land managers. Our field crew oversees several research projects including herbicide efficacy, species invasiveness, plant ecology, and more.

Phone: 2509197826


Countries: Canada

Last updated: October 4, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Name: Lauber, Bruce (Researcher)

Institution: Center for Conservation Social Sciences, Cornell University

Description of Expertise:

I study attitudes and behaviors that relate to invasive species management (e.g., human behaviors that contribute to the spread of invasive species). I also study the economic and social impacts of invasive species.

Phone: (607) 254-2892


Countries: United States, Canada

States: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Ecosystems: Forest, Freshwater

Research Areas: Extension and education, Human dimensions, Public policy, Impacts (social

NY Regions: Western NY, Adirondacks, Finger Lakes, St. Lawrence/E. Lake Ontario, Capital Mohawk, Catskills, Lower Hudson, Long Island

Last updated: June 5, 2019 at 1:16 pm

Name: Laxson, Corey (Researcher)

Institution: Paul Smiths College: Adirondack Watershed Institute

Phone: (518) 327-6101


Species: Aquatic invertebrates, Aquatic plants, Fish-hook waterflea (Cercopagis pengoi), Spiny waterflea (Bythotrephes longimanus), Curly-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton Catskillsus), Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), Variable-leaf milfoil,

Ecosystems: Freshwater

Research Areas: Extension and education, Impacts (ecological), Mapping/modelling, Management techniques (mechanical/manual)

NY Regions: Adirondacks, Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario

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

Name: Lewis, J.D. (Researcher)

Institution: Fordham University

Description of Expertise:

My research centers around plant, community and ecosystem responses to invasive organisms, and how these responses may be affected by other anthropogenic disturbances, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation and urbanization.


Countries: Australia

States: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Species: Terrestrial Invertebrates, Terrestrial plants, Viruses, pathogens and fungi, Earthworms, Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar), Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae), Barberry (Berberis thunbergii), English ivy (Hedera helix), Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), Mile-a-minute vine (Persicaria perfoliata), Mugwort (Artemisia spp.), Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora), Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculata), Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), Beach bark disease, Chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis),

Ecosystems: Forest, Urban

Research Areas: Extension and education, Human dimensions, Impacts (ecological), Mapping/modelling, Species demography

NY Regions: Capital Mohawk, Catskills, Lower Hudson, Long Island

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

Name: Liebhold, Andrew (Researcher)

Institution: US Forest Service Northern Research Station

Description of Expertise:

I conduct research on various aspects of non-native forest insects, including invasion pathway, ecology and impacts

Phone: (304) 285-1512


Species: Terrestrial invertebrates, Viruses, pathogens and fungi, Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar), Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae), Sirex woodwasp (Sirex noctilio), Winter moth (Operophtera brumata), Beach bark disease,

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

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

Name: Limburg, Karin (Researcher)

Institution: SUNY ESF

Description of Expertise:

Zebra mussel: effects on blueback herring diet / Rainbow trout: predator on humpback chub in Grand Canyon (I was only tangentially involved) / Lamprey: determination of eye lens chemistry

Phone: (315) 470-6741


States: Arizona

Species: Aquatic invertebrates, Aquatic vertebrates, Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha), Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus), Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss),

Ecosystems: Freshwater, Marine

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

Name: Lord, Paul H. (Researcher)

Institution: SUNY-Oneonta

Description of Expertise:

Research pertaining to Eurasian watermilfoil involves manipulation of the food web in impacted lakes by aggresively stocking walleyes to suppress insectivorous fish facilitating the growth of populations of herbivorous insects to suppress Eurasian watermilfoil.

Zebra mussel research is focused on reproductive timing and best chemical methods to thwart zebra mussel settling on water pipes.

Constant surveying of NY Susquehanna River Watershed pearly mussels to determine how AIS and other factors negatively impact our native pearly mussels.

Phone: (607) 436-2818

States: Connecticut, New York

Species: Aquatic invertebrates, Aquatic plants, Pearly mussel impacts by AIS, Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea), Mussel, quagga (Dreissena bugensis), Crayfish (Orconectes obscurus, O. rusticus or O. virilis), Apple snails (Pomacea spp.), Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha), Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), Variable-leaf milfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum), Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa), Curly-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus), Water chestnut (Trapa natans), Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum),

Ecosystems: Freshwater

Research Areas: Chemical ecology, Human dimensions, Management techniques (biological control)

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

Last updated: June 11, 2019 at 3:10 pm

Name: Lutz, Colleen (Researcher)

Institution: New York Natural Heritage Program

Description of Expertise:

I am currently an administrator in the iMapInvasives team. In the past, I have worked on the Zebra Mussel Project through the guidance of Dr. David Strayer. I have also studied the effects of Trapa natans in the Hudson River Estuary through the generous funds of a Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship (2001).

Phone: 518-567-9131

Countries: United States

States: New York

Species: Aquatic invertebrates, Aquatic plants, Mussel, zebra (Dreissena polymorpha), Water chestnut (Trapa natans),

Ecosystems: Freshwater, Wetland

Research Areas: Invasive species mapping or modelling

Last updated: March 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Name: Madeira Antunes, Pedro (Researcher)

Institution: Algoma University

Description of Expertise:

Soil and plant ecology

Countries: Canada

Last updated: May 13, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Name: McCarthy, Rachel (Researcher)

Institution: National Plant Diagnostic Network Training and Education

Description of Expertise:

My network provides educational and diagnostic resources to First Detectors and extension educators to raise awareness about the threat of significant invasive plant pests and diseases and the importance of early detection. Our resources include scripted presentations for educators as well as diagnostic look alike guides, field guides, videos and online e-learning modules.

Phone: (607) 255-7871


Species: Terrestrial invertebrates, Viruses, pathogens and fungi, Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), Brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar), Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae), Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), Sawyer beetles (Monochamus scutellatus, M. notatus), Sirex woodwasp (Sirex noctilio), Spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), Winter moth (Operophtera brumata), Light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana), Beach bark disease, Plum pox virus, Sudden oak death (Phytophthora ramorum), Thousand cankers disease (Geosmithia morbida), Laurel wilt (Raffaelea lauricola),

Research Areas: Extension and education, Mapping/modelling

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