Secretary Salazar Announces New Members of Invasive Species Advisory Committee


Contact: Blake Androff (DOI) 202-208-6416

Edited Jan. 18, 2013 to correct a name.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed 14 new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the National Invasive Species Council.

Established by Executive Order 13112 in February 1999, the National Invasive Species Council is designed to ensure that federal programs and activities to prevent and control invasive species are coordinated, effective and efficient. The council—which is co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce—includes the Secretaries and Administrators of 13 federal departments and agencies. 

The members of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee are 30 individuals representing a broad range of nonfederal stakeholders including scientific, conservation and agricultural groups; state governments; and industry organizations that are impacted by invasive species. Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, each three years in length. 

An invasive species is an alien (or non-native) species whose introduction does—or is likely to—cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Only a small proportion of non-native species are invasive. (See 

The members of the eighth convening Invasive Species Advisory Committee are: 

Charles Bargeron (New)
University of Georgia 

Joseph Bischoff, Ph.D. (New)
American Nursery and Landscape Association 

Patrick Burch
Dow AgroSciences 

Jerry Cook, Ph.D. (New)
Sam Houston State University 

Phillip Cowan (New)
Landcare Research NZ 

Tammy Davis (New)
Alaska Department of Fish and Game 

Joseph DiTomaso, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis 

Otto Doering, III, Ph.D.
Purdue University 

Susan Ellis
California Department of Fish and Game 

James Furnish (New)
Forestry Consultant 

Bonnie Harper-Lore
Restoration Ecology Consultant 

Katherine Howe, Ph.D. (New)
Midwest Invasive Plant Network
Purdue University 

William Hyatt (New)
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection 

Phyllis Johnson, Ph.D. (Reappointed)
University of North Dakota 

Eric Lane (Reappointed)
Colorado Department of Agriculture 

Janis McFarland, Ph.D. (New)
Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC. 

N. Marshall Meyers, Esq.
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council 

Edward L. Mills, Ph.D.
Cornell University 

Carol L. Okada (New)
Hawaii Department of Agriculture 

Roland Quitigua (New)
University of Guam 

David Reid, Ph.D. (New)
Invasive Species Consultant

Timothy Schaeffer, Ph.D., J.D. (New)
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission 

David E. Starling, D.V.M.
Aqueterinary Services, P.C. 

Nathan Stone, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 

John Peter Thompson
Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association 

William Toomey
The Nature Conservancy 

Robert Van Steenwick, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley 

Damon E. Waitt, Ph.D.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
University of Texas at Austin 

Robert H. Wiltshire
Invasive Species Action Network
(Representing the Federation of Fly Fishers) 

Kenneth Zimmerman (New)
Lone Tree Cattle Company