MEDIA ALERT: Leading invasion scientists to present research at groundbreaking UF/IFAS symposium, May 6-8

WHAT: The University of Florida will host the first-of-its kind Invasion Science Research Symposium.

Organized by the UF/IFAS Invasion Science Research Institute (ISRI), this symposium represents a landmark gathering of renowned invasion science researchers. The packed program aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and the use of cutting-edge tools, methodologies and approaches to deepen understanding of invasive species.

UF/IFAS Invasion Science Research Institute (ISRI)

Presenters hail from academic institutions, research organizations and government agencies, representing a wide array of disciplines dedicated to addressing the challenges and threat to biodiversity, agricultural productivity, ecosystem resilience and human health posed by invasive species.

WHEN:         May 6-8

WHERE:       J. Wayne Reitz Union

University of Florida Campus
655 Reitz Union Drive
Gainesville, Fla.


MEDIA RSVP REQUIRED: By Friday May 3, at 4 p.m.

CONTACT: Lourdes Mederos,


Six distinguished keynote speakers will headline the forum along with more than 30 scientists and postdoctoral researchers who will present their latest research findings across four focal points:

  • Exploring pathways of species introduction.
  • Identifying factors influencing establishment of invasive species.
  • Assessing ecological, economic and societal consequences.
  • Transforming knowledge into improved strategies.


Some of the topics set to explore include:

  • Modeling of Invasion Risk Under Future Climate and Land Use Change, with Yunpeng Liu, University of Florida.
  • Non-traditional Pathways: Rethinking How Invasive Species Move Around the World, with Trevor Smith, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Sciences (FDACS) Division of Plant Industry.
  • Proactive Biosecurity Threats: Machine Learning and Satellite Remote in Tracking Opuntia stricta in Laikipia County, Kenya, with Srikantnag Angondalli Nagaraja, University of Florida.
  • Thinking Differently about Early Detection and Rapid Response and Invasive Species Outreach, with Chuck Bargeron of University of Georgia.
  • Can New Technologies Really Turn the Tide? Daniel Simberloff, University of Tennessee.

By presenting cutting-edge scientific information, improving links across disciplines and facilitating discussions among researchers from diverse backgrounds, the symposium serves to inform the development of effective policies and practices for invasive species prevention and management, while building a multidisciplinary community of invasion research across the globe.



The Invasion Science Research Institute (ISRI) was established in to facilitate interdisciplinary research that advances our understanding of the causes and consequences of invasive species; generates innovative approaches to reduce invasions and their impacts on natural, agricultural, and urban systems; and train the next generation of invasion scientists.

The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.  |  @UF_IFAS



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Posted: April 25, 2024

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