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Expertise Databases

Provides a list of resources that contain contact information for experts in various disciplines related to invasive species, organized alphabetically by title. See Resource Library - Databases for general resources, other species, and geographic based information.


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. National Agricultural Pest Information System.
Provides State pest detection contacts, recent state exotic pest news, links to state pest resources, and a list of state CAPS survey targets.

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Sudden Oak Death - Contacts
California Oak Mortality 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

Ask the Wildlife Damage Management Expert
Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.

Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe (DAISIE) - Search Experts
European Commission. Sixth Framework Programme.

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.

Network Directory
This searchable directory includes contact information and self-identified areas of individual expertise for NatureServe, NatureServe Canada, and our Network Programs in the U.S., 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.

New York Invasive Species Research Institute - Expert Database
(New York) Cornell University. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Searchable database serves to promote collaboration and communication among and between invasive species researchers and those working to manage the impact of invasive species.

Regional IPM Centers - Key Contact Databases
National Information System for the Regional IPM Centers.
Provides various key contacts, coordinators and experts.

Sea Grant Network
DOC. NOAA. National Sea Grant College Program.
Sea Grant is a national network of 33 university-based programs, the National Sea Grant Law Center and the National Sea Grant Library. Scroll to view the map of locations, regional contacts and the expertise search form.

Texas Invasive Species Institute - Experts
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

White-Nose Syndrome.org - Contacts
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Provides contact information for staff in federal agencies.

Federal Government

Ask the Expert
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
See also: Search Results for "Invasive Species"

Fish and Wildlife Service Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinators
DOI. FWS. Fisheries and Habitat Conservation.
Through the Service's AIS Program, one AIS Coordinator is funded in each Service Region. This dedicated group of people works closely with state invasive species coordinators, non-governmental groups, private landowners and many others in their day-to-day activities. Provides State and Regional AIS contacts.

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.

Regional Boundaries, State Offices and Centers
USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest managers.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program - Regional and State Contact Information
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 Pests and Diseases Programs - Contact Pest Management Staff
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.
Provides contact information by program and invasive species of concern.

HealthFinder.gov - State Health Departments
DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Regional Invasive Species Councils/Task Forces
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

State and Territorial Fish and Wildlife Offices
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works in partnership with many organizations and individuals. Fish and wildlife conservation requires coordinated efforts by the states and the territories, as well as private landowners, tribes, and other countries besides the U.S. Provides a starting point for finding the state and territory agencies that manage fish and wildlife resources.

State Invasive Species Councils/Task Forces
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

State Plant Health Directors
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

Taxonomic Experts for Insects, Mites, and Plant Pathogens
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
Provides a list of taxonomic experts from USDA's Agricultural Research Service for insects, mites, and plant pathogens.

Wildlife Services - Organization
USDA. APHIS. Wildlife Services.
Includes Wildlife Services State Offices

USDA Senior Invasive Species Coordinator - Samantha Simon
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave, SW, RM 1723
Washington, DC 20250
Office: (202) 799-7091; Cell: (202) 360-6325
Email: Samantha.J.Simon@aphis.usda.gov

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).

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State Government

Oregon - Ask about Agriculture
Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Michigan Invasive Species - Contacts
State of Michigan.

Minnesota - Contact an Expert (Aquatic Invasive Species)
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Minnesota - Contact an Expert (Terrestrial Invasive Species)
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Ask a Gardening Expert
University of Maryland. Cooperative Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.
Have a plant or pest question? Questions from Maryland and the District of Columbia are answered by Home and Garden Information Center’s Certified Professional Horticulturists. If you are located outside of these areas, you will be asked to enter your state and county. Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate extension expert.

Ask an Expert
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 One Search to search across Cooperative Extension web sites provided by Land-Grant institutions.

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.

Ask the Experts
University of Hawai'i - Mānoa. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

Forestry - Ask an Expert
University of California. Forest Research and Outreach.

Imported Fire Ants Contacts
Texas A&M University. Texas Imported Fire ant Research and Management Project.

Texas A&M University. Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
An archive of gardening information assembled by Dr. Jerry Parson.

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Climate Change Adaptation - Ask the Expert
Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Exchange.

NPIC - County Extension Offices
Oregon State University. National Pesticide Information Center.
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 U.S. 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.

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.
Provides information for State and Canadian Provinces.

North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) - Certified Lake Managers and Certified Lake Professionals
North American Lake Management Society.
Certified Lake Managers (CLMs) manage lakes, ponds, reservoirs and other bodies of water. CLMs make decisions that affect the quality and use of these water bodies. Provides contacts by State or Province.

State Departments of Agriculture Directory
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).

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