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.
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 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 (USGCRP), 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.
Jeff Morisette serves as Chief Scientist of the NISC Secretariat. In this role, he coordinates a whole of government approach to addressing 'grant challenges' in invasive species science and technology. Jeff has more than 25 years of experience in invasive species and Earth science research programs. His work has involved extensive collaboration between federal and university research communities with on-the-ground resource managers to co-produce the best possible management solutions.
Prior to joining the Secretariat, Jeff served as the director of the DOI North Central Climate Science Center (2012 to 2017), head of the Invasive Species Science Branch and the assistant center director for science at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center (2008 to 2012), and as a research scientist at the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA Headquarters.
Jeff received a B.A. degree from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, an M.S. degree in Statistics from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and a PhD. from North Carolina State University. He also attended the International Space University's Summer Program, Vienna, in 1996. In 2006 he won NOAA’s National “David Johnson Award for Outstanding Innovative Use of Earth Observation Satellite Data.” In 2010, he was part of team that won a “DOI Partnership in Conservation” award for work in combating invasive species.
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 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.
Mark is with the NISC Secretariat as a National Park Service (NPS) detailee. In this role, he is coordinating the development a citizen science-based early detection and rapid response (EDRR) initiative for urban environments, tentatively entitled “Invader Detectives.” The program will be piloted in Washington, D.C. Because invasive species typically enter the U.S. through urban ports of entry, the Invader Detectives initiative will increase the likelihood of identifying and eradicating non-native species before they can cause substantial harm to natural areas and agricultural systems.
Since 2011, Mark has managed the NPS Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) in the National Capital Region. He has also served in a temporary capacity as the Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources at Mount Rainier National Park and as the NPS Invasive Plant Program Manager. Prior to moving to DC, Mark managed the Presidio Trust's habitat restoration program in San Francisco. He received a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a Master’s degree from Ohio State University.
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.
Robert Boyd joined the NISC Secretariat in June 2016 through a College of William and Mary internship program. He has remained a part of the team as a contributor to the invasive species documentary, Protecting What Matters. Robert applies his biology and film backgrounds to shoot footage for the film, as well as assist in the development of specific storylines.
Robert holds a BA in Film with a minor in Biology from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Film with a concentration in Environmental Film at American University in Washington DC.
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