Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Secretariat provides the guidance and support necessary for the Council to undertake its duties. It serves as the primary point of contact for the Council, delivers scientific and technical advice to NISC members, works to ensure effective communication and collaboration across Federal Departments/Agencies and among Federal inter-agency bodies, coordinates interdepartmental planning processes and project implementation, manages ISAC and its subcommittees, develops and coordinates implementation of the NISC Management Plan, oversees the NISC website, and reports on NISC accomplishments. The Secretariat is located within the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Click here for Secretariat reports and other resources.
Jamie K. Reaser serves as the Executive Director of the National Invasive Species Council (NISC). In addition to guiding all aspects of NISC Secretariat operations, Jamie is currently providing the leadership necessary to develop the Arctic Council's Arctic Invasive Alien Species (ARIAS) Strategy and Action Plan; coordinate an update to the Regional Biosecurity Plan for Micronesia and Hawaii; produce a documentary on invasive species entitled, Protecting What Matters; and establish an annual Innovation Summit to advance U.S. technical capacities to address the most pressing invasive species issues.
Jamie is a globally-recognized expert on invasive species, as well as a wide range of other environmental and sustainable development issues. She has worked in more than fifty countries as an ecologist, environmental negotiator, professional communications and leadership development trainer, and programmatic analyst. Among other positions, she previously served as the Executive Director of the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) and NISC's Assistant Director for International Policy, Science, and Cooperation. She received a Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University and B.S. in Field Biology from the College of William and Mary.
Stas Burgiel Assistant Director – Policy and Program Coordination
Stanley W. Burgiel (“Stas”) serves as the NISC Secretariat’s Assistant Director for Policy and Program Coordination. In this capacity, he guides implementation of the policy-oriented actions set forth in the NISC Management Plan and Executive Order 13112, provides advice on invasive species policy development to NISC member Departments/Agencies, and participates in international negotiations focused on invasive species issues. Current areas of focus include: cost-benefit assessments of modern biotechnology for invasive species prevention, eradication, and control; integrating invasive species prevention measures into free trade agreements; and raising the capacity of invasive species practitioners to apply the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in a timely and efficient manner.
Stas has extensive experience working on international environmental policy, with a particular interest in invasive species, biodiversity conservation, climate change, and trade. He has worked and consulted for a wide-range of nongovernmental, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, including the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), Nature Conservancy UNEP/World Conservation Monitoring Centre and New Zealand government. Stas received his Ph.D. in International Service from the American University and a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College.
Fabien Laurier Assistant Director for Interdepartmental Coordination
Fabien serves as National Invasive Species Council’s Assistant Director for Interdepartmental Coordination, ensuring that NISC’s member Departments and Agencies, including the Executive Office of the President, are working together toward common goals in a manner that is inclusive and highly impactful. In this role, Fabien oversees interagency strategic planning, reporting, and annual prioritization processes. Fabien also leverages his expertise in emerging technologies, big data initiatives, and the direction of complex, "whole of government" initiatives to advise on and coordinate high-profile scientific and technical projects. His previous government roles include serving as Senior Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Advisor for Adaptation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Director of the Third National Climate Assessment, Deputy Director for the National Ocean Council, Chair of Climate Data and Tools Working Group, and Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology. Fabien also held various leadership positions at the U.S. Global Change Research Program, including as Executive Director (interim), Deputy Director, and lead for the 2nd (2009) National Climate Assessment. In these roles he led all aspects of USGCRP’s strategic planning, interagency coordination, management, and performance evaluation as codified in the Global Change Research Act of 1990, which calls for the prioritization and integration of climate change research activities, and corresponding $2.5 billion annual expenditures across 13 federal agencies and more than 80 programs. Prior to joining the USGCRP, Fabien was a research scientist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, where he studied the impacts of “brown cloud” on ocean chemistry and the status and trends of mercury contamination in the World’s oceans. Fabien Laurier received his Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from La Sorbonne-Denis Diderot University in Paris, France.
Kelsey Brantley Coordinator for NISC Secretariat and ISAC Operations
Kelsey A. Brantley serves as the Coordinator for NISC Secretariat Operations and the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). She plays an instrumental role in keeping the Secretariat running smoothly and ensuring that it is able to meet its many demands in a timely manner. She functions as the Secretariat’s acquisition/finance, personnel, and budget officer. In keeping with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), she manages ISAC and the relations with ISAC members.
Kelsey is a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, specializing in both signals intelligence and administration. She served at Iraklion Air Base in Crete, Greece and the National Security Agency at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. She received a B.A. magna cum laude in Business (Accounting minor) from Strayer University in 2013.
Jhoset A. Burgos Rodriguez Senior Legal and Policy Analyst
Jhoset A. Burgos Rodriguez serves as the NISC Secretariat’s Senior Legal and Policy Analyst. In this capacity, he advances NISC's work with regard to legal and institutional frameworks, policy formulation and review, and Congressional actions. His current work focuses on analyses of Federal authorities related to the early detection of and rapid response invasive species (EDRR), invasive species that impact wildlife health, and invasive species that impact infrastructure.
Jhoset has experience working on invasive species from research, management, and policy perspectives. His graduate research focused on the effect of invasive reptiles in tropical ecosystems. He has worked for the University of Puerto Rico Zoological Museum, the University of Rhode Island, and most recently, he served as a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow at the Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs. Jhoset received his M.S. in Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences from the University of Rhode Island and a B.S. in Integrative Biology from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras. Currently, he is working towards his J.D. at the University of Puerto Rico Law School.
Jason Kirkey is the Director of Publications for the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Secretariat. He works to ensure that the Secretariat is highly visible, reporting is timely, and that outputs are of high quality. In addition to drafting, editing, and designing publications for the Secretariat, Jason manages the NISC website, oversees and writes for the Secretariat's What Matters blog, and contributes his social science and communications expertise to the Secretariat's work in policy and programmatic development.
Jason is an award-winning author and publisher, as well as the founder of a small press focused on environmental poetry and nonfiction. He holds master’s degrees in Conservation Biology from Prescott College and in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies. He received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University.
Sarah Veatch serves as the NISC Secretariat’s Project Manager. In addition to helping to manage the large number of high profile projects undertaken by the Secretariat and its partners, Sarah works with senior staff to report on Secretariat accomplishments; craft expert policy and program advice for NISC senior leadership; provide guidance and support to task teams operating under ISAC; and track the outputs of the NISC Management Plan, other federal guidance documents, and emerging priorities.
Sarah has more than three years of high-level policy experience in the U.S. Congress working on environment, infrastructure, and development issues. Among other positions, she previously served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and as a Research Assistant on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Currently, Sarah is completing two master’s degrees from American University (Washington, D.C.) and the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) in International Relations and Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development, respectively.
Genevieve Brune Pathways Intern
Genny has been a vital contributor to the work of the NISC Secretariat since joining the team as a Pathways Intern in June 2016. She supports the NISC Secretariat’s project development and implementation needs. Her current focus is on NEPA guidance for invasive species issues.
Genny is pursuing a B.A. in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Public Administration and Policy, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She will graduate in May 2017.
Wendy Fink Senior Policy and Program Detailee (Office of Insular Affairs)
Wendy Fink is currently on a detail assignment with the NISC Secretariat. In addition to advising on a broad range of legislative matters, she is conducting an assessment of existing emergency and rapid response authorities with a view toward development of a national program for the early detection of and rapid response to invasive species. Wendy began her career with the Department of the Interior in 1999 as an Attorney in the Secretary of the Interior’s Office of Legislative Counsel. In 2010, she joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas as Counselor to the Assistant Secretary.
Wendy obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona, her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, and Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Additional hires are in progress. Check the blog for information on available positions and hiring announcements. Are you a Federal employee interested in doing a detail with the Secretariat? Contact us! If you are a student interested in an internship, consider joining us through the Pathways Internship program.