In 2017, the Association of State Wetland Managers received a Cooperative Agreement Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program to organize and host a mini webinar series on best management practices for invasive species management in wetlands in coastal areas of the country. Special attention was paid to ecosystem service provision and the diverse strategies that may be employed to manage or eradicate an invasive species based on the species, region of the U.S. where it is located, and considerations associated with climate change.  


Invasive Species Databases: An In-depth Look at EDDMapS, the USGS Non-Indigenous Aquatic Species Database, and NEMESIS

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 3pm EST 


  • Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia 
  • Pam Fuller, U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program
  • Gregory Ruiz, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center


Chuck Bargeron

EDDMapS’ primary goal is to discover the existing range and leading edge of invasive species while documenting vital information about the species and habitat using standardized data collection protocols. EDDMapS allows for data from many organizations and groups to be combined into one database to show a better map of the range of an invasive species.  Goals of the current project include: integration of existing regional datasets, increase search options on EDDMapS website, update NAISMA Invasive Species Mapping Standards, and coordinate with local, state and regional organizations to develop early detection networks.  After twelve years of development of EDDMapS, it has become clear that these local organizations are key to developing a successful early detection and rapid response network.  The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health has released 15 apps to support data entry into EDDMapS.

Pam Fuller

The Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database first began in the early 1990s with the passage of legislation related to zebra mussels. Since that time, the group has tracked the distribution of non-native aquatic species nationwide. At present, we focus primarily on freshwater species in the continental US and island territories. The system primarily tracks fish, crustaceans, mollusks, reptiles and amphibians, and obligate aquatic plants. The Program’s interactive website allows users to perform a variety of queries, download data, obtain information from species profiles, and see animations of species’ spread. There is an alert system connected to the database. Registered users receive email alerts when a species of interest is found in a new area. Other components recently added include NAS FaST – the Flood and Storm Tracker which can be used to predict where species may have moved into new drainages based on flooding. The NAS ARM, alert risk mapper, will show the extent of possible initial dispersal based on biology and barriers.


Chuck Bargeron has been with the University of Georgia for 19 years where his work focuses on invasive species and information technology.  He has a B.S. and M.S in Computer Science.   Websites that he designed have been featured twice in Science Magazine and have received over 1.7 billion hits since 2002.  Chuck developed the infrastructure behind Bugwood Images which runs the and websites. Recently, Chuck has focused on mapping invasive species and tools for Early Detection and Rapid Response using EDDMapS and smartphone applications. He has led development of 26 smartphone applications including the first apps for the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.  He was appointed to the National Invasive Species Advisory Council in 2013 and elected as Chair in 2018. Chuck has been an invited speaker at over 80 regional and national conferences and co-authored over 20 journal articles and outreach publications.

Pam Fuller is the program leader for the USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program which maintains a nationwide database and a web site of aquatic invaders. She started with the program in its infancy and has developed it to its current state over the past 26 years. Fuller has authored many scientific publications on the topic of aquatic invasive species. She has been involved in numerous national and international invasive species research activities and work groups, particularly in the field of invasive species information management. Ms. Fuller enjoys the work she does because it is so multifaceted. Her work requires knowledge of zoogeography, taxonomy, ecology, databases and web design.

Gregory Ruiz is a marine ecologist with active research interests in invasion biology, biogeography, and ecology in coastal marine ecosystems.  He heads a research group of ~ 40 full-time biologists, based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) laboratories, located on Chesapeake Bay and San Francisco Bay. Most of his research explores the patterns, mechanisms, and consequences of marine invasions at a multiple spatial and temporal scales. He conducts extensive comparative measurements and experiments among estuaries along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts for North America.  A Senior Scientist at SERC for over 25 years, Greg also is a Research Professor and founding co-director of the Aquatic BioInvasion Research and Policy Institute at Portland State University.  Greg has published over 140 scientific articles as author or coauthor, focusing primarily on marine invasion ecology and management. He began his career in California and has broad interests in marine biology and dynamics of coastal ecosystems. Greg holds a Ph.D. in zoology from University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in aquatic biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  For additional information visit SERC’s Marine Invasion Research Laboratory website at

A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for this webinar. Go here for more Information.

Past Invasive Species Webinars
 [2018, 2017]