Secretary Salazar Announces New Members of Invasive Species Advisory Committee

Last edited 09/05/2019

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

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