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Chuck Bargeron named to Invasive Species Advisory Committee By Sharon Dowdy

University of Georgia public service assistant Chuck Bargeron has been named to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) for the National Invasive Species Council (NISC).

NISC is co-chaired by the secretaries of commerce, agriculture and the interior, and members are the secretaries and administrators of 13 federal departments and agencies that coordinate invasive species programs. ISAC is comprised of 30 members appointed for three-year terms. Members provide scientific and other input to the NISC regarding non-native plants and animals that annually cause $35 billion in economic and other hardship in the United States. NISC’s goal is to ensure that federal programs and activities to prevent and control invasive species are coordinated effectively and efficiently.

“Chuck’s appointment to the ISAC reflects his expertise and impact of his national level work on invasive species issues through UGA’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health,” said David Moorhead, co-director of the center.

Associate director of UGA invasive species center

Bargeron is the associate director for the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health located in Tifton, Ga. The center is a collaboration between the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Its mission is to serve a leading role in development, consolidation and dissemination of information and programs focused on invasive species, forest health, natural resource and agricultural management.

Bargeron develops web applications, smartphone apps, interactive CD-ROMs, databases and outreach publications for the center. His websites have received more than 1 billion hits, have been featured in Science Magazine and have received regional awards for content and design.

Created the backbone for numerous websites

At UGA he designed and developed the infrastructure behind Bugwood Images, which runs the following image-providing websites: ForestryImages.org, Invasive.org, IPMIMages.org, InsectImages.org and WeedImages.org. He has also developed and released 16 iPhone applications including IveGot1 and Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

Bargeron is the current president of the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils and treasurer of the North American Invasive Species Network. In 2012, as part the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, he received the U.S. Department of Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award.

He was the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Advocate of the Year in 2008 and received the Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council Award in 2009. He has been an invited speaker at more than 80 regional and national conferences and co-authored more than 20 publications on invasive species issues.

A native of Tifton, he earned an associate’s degree in computer science from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in computer science, both from Georgia Southern University. He has worked with UGA for 17 years.

More information about the National Invasive Species Council is available at www.invasivespecies.gov. Learn more about the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at www.bugwood.org/.

(Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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Chuck Bargeron

Chuck Bargeron - associate director, UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

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