Invasive Species Working Group

Invasive species pose significant risks to agriculture, natural resources, infrastructure, recreation, rural livelihoods, and human health. Habitat loss and climate change are related global change challenges.

The Invasive Species Working Group at Virginia Tech integrates invasion science with the policy, management, and social demands associated with confronting this global crisis. We bring together biologists and resource managers, social scientists, policy experts, and other stakeholders to facilitate new partnerships across Virginia, the United States, and the World.

We draw on Virginia Tech’s presence in the Washington, DC region, partnerships with Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the interdisciplinary networks of the Global Change Center and Fralin Life Sciences Institute to produce original research, connect across branches of knowledge, and train the next generation of policy-minded scientists.

We have hosted workshops with national and international participants, resulting in publications addressing the science and policy of invasions. Our work has also connected graduate students and the broader VT community with leading professionals in invasion management, advocacy, and mass media.

Work to date:



2018 – Biological Invasions: Confronting a Crisis 
2019 – Devising Seminar on the Science and Policy of Biological Invasions
2020 – Identifying  Gaps in the Science and Policy of Biological Invasions


Barney JN, Schenk T, Haak DC, Salom S, Brown B, Hotchkiss ER (2019) Building partnerships and bridging science and policy to address the biological invasions crisis. Invasive Plant Science and Management 12: 74-78 (


For more information and to get involved, contact Jacob Barney or David Haak.