Invasive Species Working Group
ISWG | Global Change Center
Invasive species pose significant risks to agriculture, natural resources, infrastructure, recreation, rural livelihoods, and human health. Habitat loss and climate change are related global change challenges.
The Invasive Species Working Group (ISWG) at Virginia Tech integrates invasion science with the policy, management, and social demands associated with confronting this global crisis. We bring together biologists and resource managers, social scientists, policy experts, and other stakeholders to facilitate new partnerships across Virginia, the United States, and the World.
We draw on Virginia Tech’s presence in the Washington, DC region, partnerships with Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the interdisciplinary networks of the Global Change Center and Fralin Life Sciences Institute to produce original research, connect across branches of knowledge, and train the next generation of policy-minded scientists.
We have hosted workshops with national and international participants, resulting in publications addressing the science and policy of invasions. Our work has also connected graduate students and the broader VT community with leading professionals in invasion management, advocacy, and mass media.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO GET INVOLVED, CONTACT ISWG DIRECTOR JACOB BARNEY.
ISWG IN THE NEWS
EXAMPLES OF COLLABORATION
2018 – Biological Invasions: Confronting a Crisis, Blacksburg VA
2019 – Devising Seminar on the Science and Policy of Biological Invasions, Richmond VA
2023 – Virginia Tech Summit on Invasive Species, Blacksburg VA
2017 – The Science and Policy of Invasions (GRAD 6984)
2019 – Advocacy, Science, and Policy of Invasive Species (GRAD 6984)
2021 – The Science, Policy, and Management of Invasive Species (GRAD 5984)
2022– Biological Invasions Science, Policy, and Management (GRAD 5984)
Emily M. X. Reed, Todd Schenk, Bryan L. Brown, Haldre Rogers, David C. Haak, Joseph C. Drake, Jacob N. Barney (2023) Holistic valuation of non-native species requires broadening the tent. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. ISSN 0169-5347 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2023.01.004)
David C. Haak, Scott Salom, Jacob N. Barney, Todd Schenk, Vasiliy T. Lakoba, Rachel K. Brooks, Rebecca A. Fletcher, Jeremiah R. Foley, Ariel Heminger, Lauren D. Maynard, Philip McElmurray, Hye-Jeong Seo & Gourav Sharma (2022) Transformative learning in graduate global change education drives conceptual shift in invasive species co-management and collaboration. Environmental Education Research 28:9, 1297-1315 (https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2022.2055746)
Brown BL, Barney JN (2021) Rethinking biological invasions as a metacommunity problem. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution, 8.
Vasiliy T Lakoba, Rachel K Brooks, David C Haak, Jacob N Barney (2020) An Analysis of US State Regulated Weed Lists: A Discordance between Biology and Policy. BioScience, Volume 70(9), 804-813 (https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biaa081)
Barney JN, Schenk T, Haak DC, Salom S, Brown B, Hotchkiss ER (2019) Building partnerships and bridging science and policy to address the biological invasions crisis. Invasive Plant Science and Management 12(1): 74-78 (https://doi.org/10.1017/inp.2018.33)