Steering Committee

We will build teams across the university and develop transdisciplinary partnerships with government and tribal agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and local communities to promote deep understanding of invasive species’ impacts on society. In doing so, we will foster a holistic environment where science, policy, and the humanities meet to tackle this global challenge.

Jacob Barney

ISC Director and Professor

School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Barney’s research is broadly focused on the causes, consequences, epidemiology, and management of invasive plant species.

Areas of Research

  • Invasive plant ecology and evolution
  • Ecological impacts of invasive species
  • Invasive species science-policy
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Weed science
Hallie Harriman

Hallie Harriman

ISC Program Coordinator

Hallie is the Program Coordinator for the Invasive Species Collaborative (ISC) at Virginia Tech. A proud alumna of Virginia Tech (B.S. Natural Resources Conservation) and the University of Georgia (Masters of Agricultural and Environmental Education), she has a passion for practical and ethical land management. Hallie brings nearly ten years of natural resource management experience to the ISC and is now responsible for overseeing a diverse portfolio of programmatic, communicative, and administrative activities. She is excited to elevate and expand the transdisciplinary work that is occurring through the ISC and is always looking for innovative ways to collaborate with partners (old and new!).

Bryan Brown

Bryan Brown

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Areas of Research

  • Community assembly and stability
  • Ecology of Symbiosis
  • Aquatic Systems
  • Effects of invasions on aquatic systems
  • Spatial ecology
Joe Drake

Joe Drake

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Biological Sciences

Areas of Research

  • Landscape connectivity and ecology (Meta) population dynamics
  • Spatial ecology
  • Conservation and management solutions
  • Non-invasive monitoring techniques
Luis Escobar

Luis Escobar

Assistant Professor

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Areas of Research

  • Application of ecology and biogeography to the study of infectious diseases
  • Investigating the linkages between environmental instability and disease dynamics
  • Multi-parasite, multi-host diseases systems
  • How diseases respond to climate and landscape change

David Haak

Associate professor

School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Haak’s research is focused on identifying genomic regions of plants and microbes that can be used to improve plant health to promote a sustainable and secure food supply.

Areas of Research

  • Transdisciplinary data science
  • Invasive species genomics
  • Evolutionary ecology of invasive species
  • Population dynamics modeling
Meryl Mims

Meryl Mims

Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Areas of Research

  • Conservation biology and ecology
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Landscape and population genetics
  • Climate change vulnerability of understudied species
  • Invasive species
Haldre Rogers

Haldre Rogers

Assistant Professor

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Areas of Research

  • The impact of biodiversity loss on ecosystem services
  • Mutualisms and food web dynamics in tropical forest ecosystems
Scott Salom

Scott Salom

Professor and Graduate Program Director

Department of Entomology

Areas of Research

  • Behavior, ecology, and IPM of forest pests
  • Biological control of insect and weed pests
Todd Schenk

Todd Schenk

Associate Professor

School of Public and International Affairs

Areas of Research

  • Environmental policy & planning
  • Collaborative governance
  • Joint fact-finding at the science-policy interface
Michael Sorice

Michael Sorice

Associate Professor

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Areas of Research

  • Conservation social science
  • Decision making
  • Ecosystem stewardship

Past Steering Committee Members

Emily Reed

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Reed conducts interdisciplinary, collaborative research on invasive species at science-policy interface.

Areas of Research

  • Integration of invasive species policy & biology
  • Community engagement and science communication
  • Landscape genetics of invasive species
  • Invasive species in urban landscapes