Who We Are

Our Mission

To serve a lead role in development, consolidation and dissemination of information and programs focused on invasive species, forest health, and natural and agricultural management through technology development, program implementation, training, applied research and public awareness at the state, regional, national and international levels.

The Bugwood team

Chuck Bargeron


Joe LaForest

Associate Director

Bilal Bush

Web Application Programmer

Rachel Carroll

Citizen Science Coordinator

Jordan Daniel

Smart Phone Application Programmer

Sai Dasari

Web Application Programmer

Salina McAllister

Administrative Assistant

Krunal Patel

Smart Phone Application Programmer

Sarah Jean Swain

Communications Coordinator

Rebekah Wallace

EDDMapS Data Coordinator

Emeritus Faculty

Keith Douce

Emeritus Director
Professor of Entomology

Dave Moorhead

Emeritus Director
Professor of Silviculture

Michael Toews

Previous Co-Director

Former Staff, Graduate Students & PostDocs

Apurba Barman, PostDoctoral Research Associate

Christa Barlow, Former Staff

Nan Bostick, Graduate Student

Michasia (Harris) Dowdy, Former Staff

Rustico David, Former Staff

Chris Evans, Former Staff

Whitney Hadden, Graduate Student

Sarah Hobby, Graduate Student

Ian Knight, Graduate Student

Sriyanka Lahiri, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Matthew Liles, Former Staff

Carey Minteer, Former Staff

Liz Moss, Former Staff

Lauren Perez, Graduate Student

Karan Rawlins, Former Staff


The Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health is located in the old Administration Building on the University of Georgia - Tifton Campus in Tifton, GA.

The Tifton Campus is strategically located in the geographic center of South Georgia at the crossroads of I-75, U.S. 319, U.S. 82 Sunshine Parkway and U.S. 41, at the intersection of I-75 and Highway 41 North in Tifton, Georgia. It provides agricultural and environmental research, outreach and instruction with more than 400 employees including 58 UGA scientists working with USDA Agricultural Research Service researchers.

The old Administration Building is one of the 4 buildings in the front of the campus. Construction of the original Administration Building was completed in 1955. It housed administrative offices, the experiment station library, and provided space for chemistry, soils and tobacco laboratories and offices. The building provided the campus with its first conference room and a small auditorium. More Information about the Building. Today, the Center now shares the building with the Tifton Campus Library and USDA-APHIS-PPQ.

Tifton is listed as one of the "100 Best Small Towns in America". Tifton is located 180 miles south of Atlanta and has a county population of 40,000.