2018 Symposium

The second annual RISCC Management Symposium will be held Thursday July 12, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Join us for this one-day symposium to learn, share perspectives, and discuss climate change and invasive species management issues on a regional and global scale. Free and open to the public.

Preliminary Agenda (PDF)

Link to Live Stream (Zoom) or by telephone: 669 900 6833 for Meeting ID 664 581 945

Session topics include:

  • Invasive species impacts in a changing climate
  • Developing proactive invasive species regulations
  • Emerging challenges for invasive species management

    Featuring presentations by:

  • Cascade Sorte, Univ. of California Irvine
  • Bethany Bradley, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Montserrat Vila, Estación Biológicade Doñana
  • Brendan Quirion, The Nature Conservancy
  • Regan Early, Univ. of Exeter
  • Jenica Allen, Univ. of New Hampshire
  • Julie Richburg, The Trustees of Reservations
  • Gregg Sargis, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jeffrey Dukes, Purdue University

    Pre-registration now closed. On-site registration will be available on 7/12. More informaiton on visiting campus, including directions, lodging options and campus maps, available here

    2017 Symposium

    The first RISCC Management Symposium was held at the UMass Amherst campus on July 27 and 28, 2017.

    The objective of the meeting was to bring together natural resource managers and scientists to discuss how climate change might affect invasion risk in the northeastern region and to identify ways to translate research into management action.

    2017 RISCC Management Symposium Agenda


  • Implications of Climate Change for Invasive Species – Bethany Bradley
  • Climate change and southern pine beetles - Radley Horton
  • Range shifts in marine invasions – what to expect - Judy Pederson
  • Invasive plant dispersal and climate change - Britta Teller
  • Forest Pests and Climate Change - Joe Elkinton
  • Invasives and CO2: the rest of the story - Lew Ziska
  • Citizen science and data collection - Chuck Bargeron
  • Predicting invasive species phenology: Tools and insights from the National Phenology Network – Alyssa Rosemartin
  • Mapping and monitoring forest pest disturbances using satellite remote sensing - Valerie Pasquarella
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle landscape risk assessment - Ryan Vazquez

  • Workshop summaries:

    Developing Watch Lists Workshop
    The goal of this workshop was to facilitate discussion between scientists and practitioners about developing watch lists for non-native range-shifting species with climate change. The group had a directed discussion, focused primarily on terrestrial invasive plants, about 1) models and data collection efforts that can inform future invasion risk, 2) whether and how to characterize uncertainty in future projections, 3) relative concern about the types and magnitude of invasion risk (e.g., geographic, ecological), and 4) how current geographic proximity of the species can and should influence watch list development. A variety of perspectives emerged on each point, with the desire for user-controlled decisions about how to filter model output into actionable, climate change oriented invasive species watch lists. Workshop results have spurred a new collaborative initiative to develop a science-based, online, interactive watch list tool for managers, policy makers, and researchers.

    Species-Species Interactions Workshop
    The goal of this workshop was to bring together researchers and managers to discuss interactions among invasives species. Participants worked in groups to develop a feedback diagrams and hypotheses for different systems including forests, early successional, and marine ecosystems. Groups then came together to share their process and findings, and identify similarities and differences across the systems they considered. The feedback diagrams and discussion generated during this session are expected to guide future efforts to study and model species-species interactions.

    Communicating Science Workshop
    Communicating about invasive species and climate change often entails describing complex and sometimes controversial scientific information to a non-scientific audience. This workshop explored effective communication strategies and techniques that could be applied to both topics. Examples of the strategies were provided together with suggested resources. Participants had the opportunity to share experiences and discuss future applications throughout the workshop. A copy of the presentation as well as links to resources can be found here.

    Climate communication visualizations and resources are:

  • climatecommunication.org
  • Yale's climate communication page
  • climatecentral.org
  • Practical strategies for communicating with different types of people from Ezra Markowicz's "Connecting on Climate" guidebook — also it has a website where you can download the guide or request a paper copy.

    Outsmart Invasive Species iPhone/Android App Workshop
    This workshop provided a tutorial for the Outsmart Invasive Species App, developed in partnership with UMass, Amherst and EDDMapS. This app allows users to identify and photograph invasive species and upload observations to a national repository (EDDMapS) for invasive species distribution data. Learn more about Outsmart here.

    Emerging Threats - How Should We Manage Climate Migrants Workshop
    Is it okay if we lose a species here if it still exists somewhere else? This workshop gathered people together to brainstorm how we should manage species that are shifting into new locations as a result of tracking climate change. There are already numerous examples, including the southern pine beetle, the southern flying squirrel, black locust, and mangrove forests. We considered how we think of them if we label them “exotic” or “alien” vs. “climate refugees”. We talked about objectives for managing shifting species, which could range from keeping species within a state, refuge, or other jurisdictional boundary or maintaining species distributions to focusing on resilient ecosystems, healthy ecosystem function, and conserving rare species.

    Brainstorming a Review Paper of Invasives & Climate Change in the Northeast Workshop
    This workshop asked participants to think about what sorts of information could be synthesized better for managers and what information is needed by managers. Participants saw the need for a ‘go to’ source or repository for information about invasive species and climate change. They also identified the lack of synthesis or document aimed at bringing managers up to date on new issues arising from invasive species and climate change. Specific research topics of interest included understanding how invasive species might adapt to climate change, investigating the efficacy of biocontrol agents with climate change, and predicting how invader population sizes could change with climate change.


    National/Regional Policies, Funding, and Approaches to Support Invasive Species Management in the Face of Climate Change
    This panel discussion provided an opportunity to discuss state, regional and national policies related to invasive species, and how these policies are being influenced by climate change.

  • Chuck Bargeron (University of Georgia Cooperative Extension)
  • Faith Campbell (Center for Invasive Species Prevention)
  • Amanda Lefton (NY TNC)
  • Julie Richburg (MIPAG)
  • Lessons Learned from Management Panel
    This panel discussion provided an opportunity for natural resource managers to share strategies and ideas for managing invasive species in light of climate change.

  • Brett Butler (UMass)
  • Amber Carr (Mass Audubon)
  • Melody Keena (USFS)
  • Jan Taylor (USFWS)
  • Sandy Wilmot (VT Dept of Forest, Parks and Recreation)
  • David Wong (MassDEP)