The Oregon Invasive Species Council has 17 members, of which 10 are appointed and serve two-year terms, and seven are ex-officio members. Appointed members represent a cross-section of Oregon agricultural government and business interests, and can include tribal sovereign nations and local governments as well as ports, aquaculture, and the pet, seed, nursery, and shipping industries. Ex-officio members include the following individuals or their designated representatives:
• Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture
• Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
• Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
• Director of the Oregon Department of Forestry
• Director of the Oregon Marine Board
• President of Portland State University
• Administrative head of the Sea Grant Program at Oregon State University
Jas Adams is currently an adjunct law professor at Willamette University College of Law, where he has taught Wildlife Law since 2002. A graduate of Reed College and Boalt Hall Law School, Jas. has focused on environmental and natural resource law for much of his legal career. Early on, he worked for several environmental public interest organizations, followed by stints as a judicial staff attorney and partner in private practice. In 1989, Jas. moved to the Oregon Department of Justice, where he handled many natural resource appeals, and he ultimately became Attorney-in-Charge of Natural Resources. In the 2011 session, Jas conceived, drafted and helped secure passage of HB 3399, which created an administrative search model to allow mandatory roadside inspection and decontamination of aquatic invasive species (AIS) without criminal liability for those motorists cooperating with the checkpoint program when transporting injurious wildlife. As a representative of the Oregon Attorney General, Jas. served as a working group member of a two-year effort to craft model state provisions to help overcome the patchwork of state and local laws on invasive species; he was a featured speaker on AIS at the June 2014 annual meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General on Mackinac Island in Michigan. In his wildlife law course, Jas has emphasized the dynamic relationship between science and law, the challenge being how to utilize scientific information in implementing effective programs that will withstand scrutiny. Jas notes: "The OISC is well positioned not only to ensure that those with scientific expertise are answering the right questions but also to recommend legal mechanisms that will nimbly adapt to rapidly changing circumstances."
Quintin Bauer joined SOLVE in October 2006 as an Americorps member with the Team Up for Watershed Health watershed restoration program. He now serves as SOLVE’s Statewide Program Manager focused on training and supporting volunteer leaders, community groups, corporate volunteers, teachers and students as they engage in volunteer projects to improve Oregon’s environment. These projects involve volunteers in the removal of non-native invasive plants, planting of native trees and shrubs, maintenance and monitoring of watershed restoration sites, and removal of litter. Quintin also works to educate the public on the damage that invasive non-native plants cause to our watersheds.
Shawna is the Invasive Plant and Pesticide Use Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Region of the US Forest Service. She is also the Invasive Plant Coordinator for the USFS State and Private Forestry branch, which means that she manages grants, monitors, and coordinates invasive plant management activities across ownership boundaries (state, tribal, federal, and private). She serves as the Regional contact to national headquarters on invasive species and pesticide use issues, and coordinates work on a variety of invasive species including plants. Prior to coming to Portland, Shawna worked as a Zone Biologist on the Angeles National Forest, where she initiated a successful program to control Arundo donax. She has been with the US Forest Service for 25 years. Her education includes a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University and an M.S. in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming. Shawna is a wildlife biologist by training, with a passion for invasive species management.
Rick is the Invasive Species, Wildlife Integrity Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In this position his main responsibilities include coordinating the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, Feral Swine Removal Program and Prohibited Species Program. Rick has worked for ODFW for over 20 years in various capacities: Five years as an Assistant Wildlife Biologist: working with wildlife population monitoring, wildlife diseases and wildlife damage problems. Five years as Fishery Biologist on the Willamette Sport Fishing program; working with steelhead and spring Chinook. Seven years as a seasonal, working on such projects as the Columbia and Willamette Sport Fishing program, Salmon Trout Enhancement Plan, Marine Mammals at Willamette Falls, spawning ground surveys and any other opportunity that would help him gain more experience with fish and wildlife. Rick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Western Oregon University and an Associate of Science degree in Animal Science from Linn-Benton Community College.
John Browning has worked for Weyerhaeuser as a Forest Health Specialist/Forest Pathologist for 26 years. He is interested in all aspects of forest health, especially invasive pests, such as sudden oak death and Asian gypsy moth. John also works on pest management and invasive species issues for Weyerhaeuser’s nurseries. Prior to coming to Weyerhaeuser, John worked on forest health issues for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, and both the Texas and Colorado State Forest Service. John has a Master’s degree from University of Washington in Forest Pathology and a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Iowa State University.
Sam Chan is an Assistant Professor in Fisheries and Wildlife and Marine Resources Management at Oregon State University (OSU). He is the aquatic invasive species and watershed health extension specialist and the Assistant Extension Program Leader for the Oregon Sea Grant College Program. Sam's education and research focuses on both the biological and social dimensions of invasive species prevention and early detection in the context of watershed health for both professional and youth audiences. Prior to joining the faculty at Oregon State University, Sam served as research plant physiologist with the USDA Forest service where he led studies on riparian area ecology, function and management.
Glenn is the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Coordinator for the Oregon State Marine Board, the state recreational boating agency where he has been working since 2006. He oversees the statewide AIS Prevention Program and in this position he coordinates with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to implement a state-wide boat inspection program, an education and outreach program, a boat permit program and works with other state and federal partners to manage and prevent the spread of AIS by recreational water-based activities. He has been a member of the Oregon Invasive Species Council since 2009. Glenn came to the Marine Board after working for the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District for five years. While at the District he worked with private landowners to provide technical environmental planning assistance to help solve environmental concerns. He moved to Oregon in 1998 after graduating from college with his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the State University in New York at Plattsburgh. He is an outdoor recreation enthusiast and enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, boating and camping.
Robyn Draheim juggles several hats at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She serves as the Invasive Species Coordinator the the Oregon Field Office of the USFWS and as the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the Regional Office of the USFWS. Her duties include coordination and outreach on invasive species activities in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii and the Pacific Islands (although she has not yet gotten to travel to any tropical locations for work). She is the editor of the multi-media invasive species publication "Invasives Quarterly" known as "IQ" to those in the know. Prior to her work with the Service she was the assistant Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State University. Although she has a background in marine biology (a BS in Marine Biology from UCLA and an MS in Estuarine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science), she found herself hooked on invasive species when she obtained an MMA from the University of Washington studying the management conundrum posed by the invasive Chinese mitten crab.
Mark Hitchcox serves as a Pest Survey Specialist with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service- Plant Protection and Quarantine Division (APHIS). The APHIS-PPQ regulates plant import and export activities, enhances agriculture exports, and strives to protect agriculture and the environment from exotic invasive pests. One of Mark’s first jobs fighting invasive species was as a youth in Ohio, hired by the neighbor to help save an extensive rose hedge from a heavy infestation of exotic Japanese beetle. Armed with a jar of soapy water, Mark quickly learned the hard truths about the impacts from invasive species. Over the years, Mark has worked as an educator and field biologist in the eastern and western US. He has a Masters Degree in entomology from Washington State University, where he studied insect pests affecting tree fruit crops. He programs served as an entomologist with the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture, and also with the US Forest Service, on several pest survey, monitoring and control programs. Since moving to Oregon in 2003, he has worked with APHIS and cooperators to strengthen an early detection survey program for many types of invasive plant pests, including insects, diseases, mollusks, nematodes and weeds. He has served regionally on a series of emergency response programs addressing infestations of gypsy moth, Japanese beetle, light brown apple moth, potato cyst nematode and exotic mollusks. Mark has been a regular advisory member to the Oregon Invasive Species Council’s Education and Outreach Committee since 2006.
In 2007, Rian became the states ballast water program manager where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to prevent the introduction of AIS to Oregon waters from commercial shipping activities. His background includes over ten years experience in marine science research and education, with special emphasis on the ecological impacts of non-indigenous zooplankton, and the influence of climate variability on ecosystem dynamics in Oregon’s coastal waters. He has earned degrees from the University of Oregon (B.Sc., Environmental Sciences) and San Francisco State University (M.Sc., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). In 2009, Rian became DEQ’s first representative on the Council.
Dominic Maze is the Invasive Species Coordinator and a biologist for the City of Portland, Environmental Services. His duties include coordination of various activities and programs which seek to limit the economic and environmental impacts of invasive species: targeted control of invasive species’ populations, risk assessments, extensive outreach to the public and partners, and ensuring that policy and code reflect city resolutions addressing invasive species. Prior to this, Dominic worked around the state as a conservation biologist with the Institute for Applied Ecology in Corvallis and in the nursery and restoration industries as both an employee and business owner. Dominic holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.S. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University. While at these universities, Dominic designed and executed research dealing with invasive plants and animals and rare plant populations. Finally, as a member of the steering committee for the 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area, he is able to support many of Portland’s goals on a regional scale. http://www.portlandonline.com/bes/invasive
Kevin has worked in the pet industry since he was 13 years old serving in positions from general store labor to managing multiple stores at once. He has been a focused on the aquarium hobby since he was 18 which lead to a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Biology from California State University at Sacramento. He is currently the owner of 20/20 Tropicals which distributes tropical fish, plants, invertebrates for the aquarium trade in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Dr. Helmuth Rogg is the Director of the Plant Protection and Conservation Program Area with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) in Salem. Helmuth oversees the Insect Pest Prevention & Management Program (IPPM), the Noxious Weed Management Program, the Nursery and Christmas Tree Program, and the Plant Conservation Program. The core mission of the Program Area is to protect Oregon’s agricultural and natural resources from invasive pests. Prior to his current position, Helmuth was the Program Manager for the Insect Pest Prevention & Management (IPPM) Program with Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) in Salem. His areas of responsibilities included the prevention of invasive species introductions to Oregon and eradication and management of invasive pest populations. In November of 2004, Helmuth started his career with the Oregon Department of Agriculture as the eastern Oregon entomologist for IPPM in La Grande, responsible for grasshopper and Mormon cricket survey program, insect survey programs for eastern Oregon, and eradication programs for invasive insect species in Oregon. Prior to that position, Helmuth was the Head of the Invertebrate Department at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) of the Charles Darwin Foundation in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. His areas of responsibility at the CDRS included applied research in conservation of endemic invertebrate species, eradication programs for invasive insect species and plant quarantine issues. At the beginning of 2001, Helmuth Rogg completed his contract as an Integrated Expert with GTZ (German Technical Cooperation) at an Ecuadorian NGO, PROEXANT, in Quito, Ecuador, as the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Consultant for Ecuadorian non-traditional export products. Before moving to Ecuador, Rogg worked for 7 years as an Integrated Expert with GTZ at the universities of Santa Cruz and La Paz, Bolivia, functioning as an Entomology Professor and an IPM researcher and extension specialist. To assist the universities in Bolivia and Ecuador, Rogg published the first agricultural entomology and IPM textbooks for those countries. Before coming to Bolivia, Rogg worked for several years in Benin and Nigeria, Africa, conducting his dissertation fieldwork at the Biological Control Program of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Helmuth Rogg earned his Master’s Degree in Biology, with specialization in entomology, in 1986 and his Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences with an emphasis in Integrated and Biological Control in Germany in 1992.
Currently Jim Seeley is Executive Director of the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA), a philanthropic arm of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort with a mission to fund community projects on the South Coast of Oregon that are committed to the triple bottom line (conservation, community, economy) and prioritize approaches that blend innovative ecological initiatives while driving economic opportunity. Prior to joining WRCA, Jim served for over 17 years as the Executive Vice President of Operations for KemperSports, a golf management company headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois. While at KemperSports, Jim was responsible for golf property operations including Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. He launched the KemperSports Green to a Tee™ environmental program which includes Integrated Pest Management as an important element in golf course maintenance practices. In recognition of his contributions to KemperSports, the company has named its highest annual individual award the James R. Seeley General Manager of the Year Award. Bandon Dunes has developed a love/hate relationship with gorse. The property was once heavily overgrown with gorse which had a lot to do with its availability for golf. That’s the love part. The ongoing difficulty and expense of managing it makes it easy to hate. It is now a primary target of WRCA’s regional working lands initiative to find effective solutions to gorse management. Jim is a 1964 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served on active duty for six years following graduation with the final two of those years as a faculty member at the Naval Academy teaching leadership, management, and naval tactics before entering the golf business. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran.www.wildriverscoastalliance.com
Dan currently owns a commercial weed control, restoration and consulting business in Deschutes County. His prior work includes more than 10 years as the Weed/Vegetation Manager for Deschutes County and 6 years as the Vegetation Manager for Wallowa County. While in Wallowa County, he served as a member of the Tri-County Weed Management Area and the Tri-State Weed Management Area. His list of accomplishments include: a successful year-round program that serves as a model for other areas, a weed cost-share program, a native seed bank, a pilot weed-free forage program, public educational activities (including the mobile “Weed Wagon”), and helping to create SmART (Small Acreage Resource Team). Dan was one of the founders of the annual Weed Pull, the largest weed pulling event in the nation. Because of his dedication and commitment to his community, Dan has received a variety of awards for his work: in 2004, the Vegetation Managers Award from the Oregon Vegetation Managers Association; in 2010, a Special Recognition Award from the Interagency Noxious Weed Symposium; and in 2013, the OSU Extension Service Cooperative Award.
Mark Sytsma is Director of the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs, co-director of the Aquatic Bioinvasion Research and Policy Institute, and Associate Vice President for Research at Portland State University. He directs projects and research on the biology and management of aquatic invasive species. He co-authored the Oregon Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan and is responsible for implementation of the Plan in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies with direct management responsibilities. Mark is a founding member of the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, the Pacific Ballast Water Group, the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Invasive Species Committee, and the Oregon Invasive Species Council.
Wyatt Williams joined the Oregon Department of Forestry in September of 2012 and serves as the agency’s Invasive Species Specialist. He manages and coordinates projects focused on the detection, monitoring, and management of priority invasive species of forest ecosystems, including invasive plants, insects, and tree diseases. Primarily, he provides technical assistance to state and private landowners, develops strategies to prevent and mitigate damage by invasive species, conducts research and field investigations, and advises the Board of Forestry on issues related to invasive species of Oregon’s forests. Wyatt holds a PhD from Colorado State University where his research focused on the genetics and control of invasive plants. He has worked for the US Forest Service, USGS, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture as an entomologist and field technician focusing on invasive insects and plants. Wyatt has also worked in the private industry developing new pest monitoring and control technologies that have been implemented domestically and internationally. He holds a Master’s degree in biology from Boise State University and has conducted research on the Douglas-fir beetle and fungal associates of wood borers.