March 20, 2017 Local Information Forum: Meet the Guest Speakers

The Oregon Invasive Species Council will be meeting in Astoria on March 20 and 21, 2017.  On the first day, the OISC is hosting a local information forum and networking event to support presentation and discussion of invasive species issues and possible solutions centered around the five strategic objectives that were recently published in the Oregon Statewide Strategic Plan for Invasives Species: Prevention, Early Detection & Rapid Response, Control & Management, Education & Outreach, and Coordination & Leadership.  The event will be kicked off by an introduction to the Statewide Strategic Plan and followed by a networking social hour with council members and invasive species managers. 

Prevention: Water Resources Development Act

Rick Boatner

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
BS, Natural Resources, Western Oregon University
AS, Animal Science, Linn-Benton Community College

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, including five years as an Assistant Wildlife Biologist: working with wildlife population monitoring, wildlife diseases and wildlife damage problems.

Early Detection, Rapid Response: Hotline & Reporting Tools- Expanding our Reach

Brandy Saffell

Forestry Education Program Asst. II, Oregon State University
MS, Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University
BS, Environmental Science, Florida State University

Brandy’s areas of expertise include invasive species, forest disease and health. Brandy currently develops and coordinates the Oregon Forest Pest Detector training and assists with Master Woodland Manager activities and other Extension programs in Columbia, Washington, and Yamhill Counties.

Control & Management: Green Crab ID, Biology & Management

Brian Turner

PhD, Department of Environmental Science and Management, Portland State University
BA, Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California at Davis
BA, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of California at Davis

Brian’s research focuses on marine invasive species, in particular over-compensation from removal efforts and inducible defenses in the invaded system.


Control & Management: Green Crab Oregon Coastal Data

Sylvia Yamada

Assistant Professor, Senior Research
PhD, University of Oregon
MS; BSc, University of British Columbia

Sylvia’s research focuses on marine ecology, population ecology, predator-prey interactions, the management of invertebrate fisheries and on the ecological role of introduced species in the marine environment.

Education & Outreach: “Don’t Let it Loose”- Asian Jumping Worm Research

Linda Tucker

More information coming soon!

Coordination & Leadership: Gorse Action Group & Oregon Solutions

Marie Simonds

Program Manager at Wild Rivers Coast Alliance
BA, Communication, Boise State University

Marie has worked with Wild Rivers Coast Alliance since March of 2012. Prior, Marie worked for Southwestern Oregon Community College as the Foundation Director and Head Men’s and Women’s golf coach. Marie and her family have lived on the South Coast for 11 years and enjoy spending time exploring the area.


For more information, please contact the Oregon Invasive Species Council Coordinator, Jalene Littlejohn at