New York Invasive Species Research Institute
Who We Are
Carrie Brown-Lima is the Director of the NY Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI) and a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at Cornell University. In this role, she works closely with research scientists, state and federal agencies, the NY Invasive Species Council, the NY Partnerships for Invasive Species Management, and other stakeholders to promote innovation and improve the scientific basis of invasive species management and policy. She serves as vice chair of the National Invasive Species Advisory Committee, chair of the New York State Invasive Species Advisory Committee and the North American Invasive Species Network and is a co-founder of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Network. Carrie has over 25 years of experience with natural resource conservation and management across ecosystems and borders. She spent more than a decade developing conservation strategies in Brazil and throughout Latin America including programs on sustainable fisheries certifications, agriculture and conservation, and transboundary protected areas.
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. As both NYISRI’s Project Coordinator and a Lab Manager for Dr. Bernd Blossey, she supports and coordinates invasive species-related research projects, working groups, and initiatives. Audrey is also an M.S. student in Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, using native plants as indicators to study the impacts of invasive species. In addition to invasive species, she enjoys learning about and propagating plants of the region (particularly ferns) and is a longtime member of the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society.
Justin Dalaba is the Communications Coordinator for the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, where he explores methods of improving communication efficacy while supporting collaboration and partner needs. He manages NYISRI’s online presence and designs outreach and reporting materials both independently and with working groups. Through his career in science communication, he’s developed a broad knowledge of ecology and conservation issues with a diverse skillset in multimedia communications. He has a passion for conservation storytelling and his research interests center around environmental attitudes and conservation behaviors.
Amrita Mookerjee: Logo design
Grant Dobson: Beech scale (Cryptococcus fagisuga) background
Brendan Quirion, Joseph Chase: Header images