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Expertise Contacts

Provides selected resources that contain contact information for experts in various disciplines related to invasive species.


  • Invasive Species Experts Database

    • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

    • This database was designed to direct users to invasive species experts. The public portion of the database will guide you to a state contact who acts as a filter for information and identifications.

  • Land Grant University Website Directory

    • USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

    • Map tool allows access to specific colleges and universities (includes Extension) that make up the land-grant university system and provides links to the institution's websites.

  • Pest Tracker - Exotic Pest Detection By State

    • USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS). National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS).

    • Provides State pest detection contacts, recent state exotic pest news, links to state pest resources, and a list of state CAPS survey targets.
      See also: Pest List for information and maps, and CAPS Resource and Collaboration Site, includes National Priority Pest List.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this subject, organized by source.

Council or Task Force
  • AIM - State and Federal Contacts

    • Aquatic Invaders in the Marketplace.

    • Contact the relevant federal or state agency contacts for more information about AIM and/or regulations.

  • Ask a Weed Management Question

    • USDA. ARS. Integrated Weed Management Resource Center.

    • The Integrated Weed Management (IWM) Resource Center is a place to find helpful, trustworthy resources on using integrated weed management for herbicide resistant weeds. Provides a clearinghouse of reliable educational resources necessary to integrate new weed management practices successfully, from trusted sources throughout the U.S.
      See also: Explore questions and answers

  • Invasive Mussel Collaborative - Find An Expert

    • DOI. U.S. Geological Survey; Great Lakes Commission; DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

    • Looking for answers to your mussel questions? Interested in funding opportunities and compliance requirements for research? Want more information about management and control of mussels? There are a variety of experts within the Invasive Mussel Collaborative ready to answer whatever questions you may have!

  • National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN)

    • National Plant Diagnostic Network.

    • NPDN is a national network of diagnostic laboratories that rapidly and accurately detect and report pathogens that cause plant diseases of national interest, particularly those that could be deemed to be a biosecurity risk. The specific purpose of the NPDN is to provide a cohesive, distributed system to quickly detect and identify pests and pathogens of concern.

  • NatureServe Network Directory

    • NatureServe.

    • This searchable directory includes contact information and self-identified areas of individual expertise for NatureServe, NatureServe Canada, and our Network Programs in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. More than 80 NatureServe Network Programs collect and analyze data about the plants, animals, and ecologi­cal communities of the Western Hemisphere. They are the leading source of information on the precise locations and conditions of at-risk species and threatened ecosystems in their jurisdictions. NatureServe collects, curates, and distributes that information for use at regional, national, and international scales. Staff throughout the Network are experts in their fields, and include some of the most knowledgeable field biologists and conservation planners in their regions.

  • New York Invasive Species Research Institute - Expert Database

    • Cornell University. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

  • Regional IPM Centers - NIFA Key Programmatic Contacts

    • National Information System for the Regional IPM Centers.

    • Provides a searchable database for various key contacts, coordinators and experts.

  • Sea Grant Network

    • DOC. NOAA. National Sea Grant Office.

    • Provides contact information for State Sea Grant Programs Websites. The Sea Grant Directors lead the 33 Sea Grant programs, the National Sea Grant Law Center, and the National Sea Grant Library based at top universities in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam, working to bring the robust intellectual capacity in place at these universities to bear on important societal problems. They coordinate program activities, setting local, regional and national priorities, and work as part of a national network to help citizens and businesses understand, conserve and better utilize America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources.

  • Southern Forest Health - Directory of State Pest Specialists

    • USDA. Forest Service; Southern Regional Extension Forestry. Forest Health Program.

  • State Plant Regulatory Officials

    • National Plant Board.

    • State Plant Regulatory Officials  (SPRO) are members of the National Plant Board, oversee state level pest detection and regulatory activities and coordinate survey activities between government agencies, public and private sector organizations. Find SPRO by State or by Region.

  • Watercraft Inspection Contacts

    • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Western Aquatic Invasive Species Resource Center.

  • White-Nose - Contacts

    • DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    • Provides contact information for staff in federal agencies.

  • Woody Invasive Species - Research Question Portal

    • Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative.

Federal Government
  • Invasive Species Working Group: Research Summary and Expertise Directory

    • Dec 2009
    • USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station.

    • Rocky Mountain Research Station personnel have scientific expertise in widely ranging disciplines and conduct multidisciplinary research on invasive species issues with emphasis in terrestrial and aquatic habitats throughout the Interior West, Great Plains, and related areas.

  • NRCS State Office Contacts

    • USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    • NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest managers.

  • USDA Service Center Locator

    • U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    • USDA Service Centers are designed to be a single location where customers can access the services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies. This locator site provides Agency offices serving your area (by state and county).

  • Ask USDA

    • U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    • You can also search Ask USDA's comprehensive knowledge base for answers to hundreds of commonly asked questions.

  • Citrus Diseases - State Citrus Contacts

    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • Scroll to "Controlling Citrus Disease" section and expand the "State Citrus Contacts"

  • Fish and Wildlife Service Aquatic Invasive Species - Contact a Regional Coordinator

    • DOI. FWS. Fisheries and Habitat Conservation.

    • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Aquatic Invasive Species Program supports a dedicated group of people who work closely with state invasive species coordinators, non-governmental groups, private landowners and many others in their day-to-day activities.

  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program - National and Regional Contacts

    • DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    • The Partners Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and Tribes who are willing to work with us and other partners on a voluntary basis to help meet the habitat needs of our Federal Trust Species.

  • Plant Health Contacts

    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

    • Find contact information for USDA staff working with plant pests and diseases, domestic and emergency programs, moving plants across State lines, including:

      • State Plant Health Directors - report a pest or disease, ask about domestic or emergency programs in my State, or move plants or plant products interstate
      • National Identification Services - get information about pest and disease identifications, quarantine pests, or pest action policies for ports of entry
      • Select Agents - ask about biological select agents and toxins that could threaten plant health
      • Plant Protection Act Section 7721 - ask about Plant Protection Act Section 7721 projects, funding opportunities, and how to apply
  • State & Territorial Health Department Websites

    • DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    • Provides links and resources for State Health Departments, many of which have information about Zika virus and West Nile virus with specific state information.

  • Wildlife Services State Offices

    • USDA. APHIS. Wildlife Services.

State and Local Government
  • Ask Extension

    • eXtension.

    • eXtension is an educational partnership of more than 70 universities to help you improve your life every day with access to objective, research-based information and educational opportunities. Categories include integrated pest management and fire ants. Requires free registration.
      See also: Use the One Search service to search the resources provided by your Cooperative Extension Service using a Google Custom Search Engine that includes many of the Cooperative Extension web sites provided by your Land-Grant institutions.
      Note: Ask an Expert has been discontinued. The service has transitioned to a new platform with a new name: Ask Extension.

  • Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

    • University of Texas - Austin. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Native Plant Information Network.

    • Ask a question or search the extensive database of frequently asked questions - and their answers! Topics include invasive plants, native grasses, plants and trees as well as other topics.

  • NPIC - County Extension Offices

    • Oregon State University. National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).

    • Through its county agents, the Cooperative Extension Service gives individuals access to the resources at land-grant universities across the nation. These universities are centers for research in many subjects, including entomology (the study of insects) and agriculture. Each county within the United States has an Extension office, which is staffed with agents who work closely with university-based Extension specialists to deliver answers to your questions about gardening, agriculture, and pest control.

  • Members of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

    • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

    • Provides lists of sites for governmental members (U.S. state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies), North American members, affiliate members, and contributing members.

  • National Association of State Foresters

    • National Association of State Foresters.

    • The National Association of State Foresters is a non-profit organization composed of the directors of forestry agencies in the 50 states, five U.S. territories, three nations in compacts of free association with the U.S., and the District of Columbia. Our members manage and protect state and private forests, which encompass nearly two-thirds of all forests nationwide.

  • Native Plant Societies

    • North American Native Plant Society.

    • Local Native Plant Societies are often your best source of information about plants native to your area.
      Note: Provides information for State and Canadian Provinces.

  • State Departments of Agriculture

    • National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).

    • The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is comprised of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NASDA Members are coregulators with the federal government on a host of responsibilities including animal health, farmland protection, food safety, grain regulation, pesticide registration, and more.