Barry Rice, Invasives Species ScientistBefore the "Hello speech", do you need to contact me? See the business and personal contact information below.
By training, I am a scientist--my undergraduate degree is in Physics and Astrophysics, my Ph.D. is in Astronomy. This background has given me tools to address issues systematically and analytically. By nature I am an educator and writer, so I have an interest in getting the best information available to people at all times.
This is why I work for the Global Invasive Species Team. I am the Communications Manager, working in what some would call marketing, and I provide scientific and communications expertise to our team.
I maintain the Team's "practitioner" web site (that is, the one you are currently reading!), our wiki site, our blog, and I have recently taken on the responsibility of keeping our content on nature.org and the intranet fresh and relevant. I also develop marketing materials such as brochures that will be useful for philanthropy and fund raising. I also handle all the incoming inquiries to The Conservancy about invasive species issues. If I don't know the answer to something, I probably know who does!
Why is all this important? Because our work is critical. Alien invasive species--plants, animals, and pathogens--pose the second greatest threat to biodiversity around the world. They can prey upon, compete with, or displace native species. They can even completely transform environments by changing ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling, hydrology, or fire regimes. These threats, unaddressed, stand between us and The Nature Conservancy's conservation goals, and risk undoing those conservation successes we have made to date. While daunting, invasive species should not be thought of as overwhelming. Instead, the severity of the situation demands strategy and planning in order for our efforts to be successful.
The Team's job is to encourage the best practices we can to most affectively abate the threats posed by invasives. We work first and foremost within The Nature Conservancy, but we of course work closely with partner organizations. Dealing with invasives means you must think outside borders, either organizational or political! The Global Invasive Species Team works to accomplish two primary goals:
- Prevent invasions and the spread of invaders at the national and international scale--this brings the biggest bang for the buck when dealing with new or potential invaders.
- Help build the capacity of The Conservancy's Regions, country and state programs to assess, prevent, rapidly detect and control priority invasive species threats to conservation targets and ecosystems.
With the Conservancy
Barry Rice, Ph.D.
TNC Global Invasive Species Team
Department of Plant Sciences
Mail Stop 4 -- Robbins Hall
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8780 USA
Non-TNC contact information
Barry Rice, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 72741
Davis, CA 95617
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Assessments of invasive species issues for various operating units in The Nature Conservancy.
Learn about our 1999 survey--a snapshot of invasive species issues across all of The Nature Conservancy.
Address information to help you contact GIST staff.
Other site resources
A fully-integrated hardware and software application for mapping invasives and tracking management actions.
A review of remote sensing technology, as applied to invasive species detection and mapping.
Adaptive management planning tools such as model plans for sites, weed control templates, etc. Very useful!
Learn about Invasive Species Networks that help promote best practices for invasive species abatement among staff in The Nature Conservancy, partner agencies, and other organizations.
Join our listserve to voice your frustrations and trumpet your successes.