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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.

ISWG was recently awarded a Destination Area 2.0 Phase II grant, funded by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. This funding will enable ISWG to further their mission to combat invasive species, a global threat that jeopardizes health, economic stability, and environmental security.

For more information and to get involved, visit the ISWG website or contact their Program Coordinator, Hallie Harriman.

 

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