Member Organizations





Canada-Ontario Invasive Species Centre

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Mission: To enhance coordination of natural and socio-economic scientific research, technology and knowledge transfer, and public outreach and communications to mitigate the ecological and economic threats of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species.
Geographic scope: Great Lakes Region (Canada and USA)
Taxonomic focus: All invasive species taxa

The Canada-Ontario Invasive Species Centre (ISC) is a not-for-profit entity which is co-located with the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. While the immediate focus of the ISC is Ontario and the Great Lakes, there are linkages to adjacent provinces and the US Great Lakes states. The ISC will be an important part of Canada's and Ontario's efforts in response to invasive species and the ever-increasing threats that they pose from both ecological and socio-economic perspectives. By forging a strong network among federal and provincial government agencies, academia, municipalities, First Nations, industry, and non-government organizations, the ISC will become a model of public and government cooperation and collaboration in response to the challenges posed by invasive species.




Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Gainesville, Florida, USA

Mission: To inform and educate all stakeholders about the impacts and management of invasive plants.
Geographic scope: Florida
Taxonomic focus: Aquatic invasive plants

Housed within the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) is a multidisciplinary research, teaching, and Extension unit directed to develop environmentally sound techniques for the management of aquatic and natural area weed species and to coordinate aquatic plant research activities within the State of Florida. The Center was established in 1978 by the Florida legislature. Directed by Dr. Bill Haller, the Center utilizes expertise from many departments within UF/IFAS and its Agricultural Research and Education Centers throughout Florida.



Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Tifton, Georgia, USA

Mission: To serve a lead role in development, consolidation and dissemination of information and programs focused on invasive species, forest health, natural resource and agricultural management through technology development, program implementation, training, applied research and public awareness at the state, regional, national and international levels.
Primary focus: Outreach and education
Geographic scope: Southeast USA
Taxonomic focus: All invasive species taxa

Housed within the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (CISEH) provides a wide range of invasive species information and services to Extension agents, specialists, and clientele across the southeastern US, nationally, and internationally. Goals of CISEH are to: serve as a preeminent national and international public service and outreach center; develop collaboration between UGA and state, university, federal, and international partners; integrate and develop information and programs; produce web sites, publications, posters and presentations; serve as a clearing house for information, applied research and training; and promote public awareness, education and applied research.




Center for Invasive Species Management

Bozeman, Montana, USA

Mission: To promote ecologically sound management of invasive species in western North America by sponsoring research, conducting public education, and facilitating collaboration and communication among researchers, educators, policy makers, natural resource managers, and the concerned public.
Geographic scope: Western USA and Canada
Taxonomic focus: All invasive species taxa

The Center for Invasive Species Management (CISM) was established in 2000 to build bridges between natural resource managers, scientists, educators, policy makers, and the public to accomplish this goal. CISM is housed within the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences on the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman, an 1862 Land Grant University. Recognized nationally, CISM serves as a respected western regional hub for invasive species expertise with four objectives: support and sponsor comprehensive invasive species research and implement timely technology transfer between natural resource managers and scientists; serve as a regional science-based information clearinghouse; provide a western regional voice for ecologically sound invasive species issues at the state and national levels; and create hands-on education and outreach products and tools for natural resource managers and private citizens.




Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)

Mexico City, Mexico

Mission: To promote, coordinate, support, and carry out activities aimed at increasing awareness of biodiversity and its conservation and sustainable use for the benefit of society.
Geographic scope: Mexico
Taxonomic focus: All invasive species taxa

The Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO) is a bridge between academia, government, and civil society that offers its users the knowledge generated by scientists on biodiversity in Mexico. For its work and results, CONABIO is recognized as one of the foremost institutions of its kind in the world. The goal of CONABIO's Invasive Species Program is to contribute to the conservation of the natural capital and human welfare through actions focused on increasing and spreading knowledge of invasive species in Mexico. CONABIO gathers and produces data on invasive species in Mexico; has a rapid screening method for assessing invasive species in Mexico; collaborates on regional, national, and international projects; analyzes the effects of climate change and economic impacts of invasive species; and is currently coordinating a project to implement Mexico's National Invasive Species Strategy at the national level.


Texas Invasive Species Institute

Huntsville, Texas, USA

Mission: To provide early detection and rapid response to invasive species in Texas and the western Gulf Coast; and to serve as a comprehensive center to deal with invasive species issues.
Geographic scope: Texas and the western Gulf Coast of the U.S.
Taxonomic focus: All invasive species taxa

The Texas Invasive Species Institute (TISI) is the first comprehensive effort in Texas that is focused on research and coordinating the effective early detection and rapid response to multiple new invasive species that currently impact, or have the potential to impact, ecosystems and produce major economic effects. TISI incorporates the expertise of over 40 Ph.D. level researchers to manage invasive species issues. This comprehensive institute incorporates early detection and rapid response, research on invasive species, GIS mapping and modeling of invasive species, outreach and education, and provides taxonomic expertise for invasive species detection. Housed at Sam Houston State University, this institute coordinates and combines expertise from across the Texas State University System.



Invasive Species Research Institute

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Mission: To focus on the study of invasive species biology, ecology, and management, with a primary focus on plants and plant-soil interactions. The generated knowledge is used either to improve existing or to develop novel management practices. 
Geographic scope: Canada
Taxonomic focus: Invasive terrestrial plants

The Invasive Species Research Institute (ISRI) at Algoma University is tasked with the establishment and development of an applied research program devoted to the study of invasive species introduction, spread, and effects on the ecology and economy of Ontario, Canada, and the World. ISRI maintains a strictly focused program of research and primarily focuses on invasive terrestrial plants; however, ISRI also works with partners on issues and topics outside of its primary research focus. Maintaining existing partnerships with established institutes and agencies located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, ISRI supports to the creation of a network of researchers and institutes with science-based research and solutions to the issue of invasive species.




National Institute of Invasive Species Science

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Mission: To work with others to coordinate data and research from many sources to predict and reduce the effects of harmful non-native plants, animals, and diseases in natural areas and throughout the US with a strategic approach to information management, research, modeling, technical assistance, and outreach.
Geographic scope: USA
Taxonomic focus: All invasive species taxa

The National Institute of Invasive Species Science (NIISS) is a consortium of government and non-government organizations formed to develop cooperative approaches for invasive species science that meet the urgent needs of land managers and the public. Administratively housed within the US Geological Survey, the aim of NIISS is to provide reliable information and advanced decision support tools for documenting, understanding, predicting, assessing, and addressing the threat of invasive species in the United States.

NIISS provides national leadership in the area of invasive species science and works with others to disseminate and synthesize current, accurate data and research to detect, predict, and reduce the effects of harmful nonnative plants, animals, and diseases in ecosystems and natural areas throughout the United States.