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Chuck Bargeron

Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (Bugwood)
Senior Public Service Associate

Chuck is the Director of the Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health and has a Public Service Faculty appointment in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia.  Chuck has been with the University of Georgia since 1999, where his work focuses on invasive species and information technology.  Websites he designed have been featured twice in Science Magazine, received regional awards for content and design, and received over 3 billion hits.  Chuck developed the infrastructure behind Bugwood Images, which runs the and websites and archives over 300,000 images. Recently, Chuck has focused on mapping invasive species and tools for Early Detection and Rapid Response using EDDMapS and smartphone applications.  EDDMapS includes over 8 million records from 40,000 organizations, professionals, and volunteers.  He has led the development of over 100 smartphone applications, including the first U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service apps.  

He was initially appointed to the National Invasive Species Advisory Council in 2013, elected as Chair in 2017, and reappointed in 2022.  He was appointed to the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory Council in 2021 and was Chair of the Invasive Species board.

Chuck has been an invited speaker at over 350 regional and national conferences and co-authored over 100 journal articles and outreach publications.  Since 2010, Chuck has been awarded more than $4.2 million in grants and cooperative agreements funding to support his work.

  • A.S. Computer Science, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, Georgia
  • B.S. Computer Science, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
  • M.S. Computer Science, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia
Awards, Honors and Recognitions:

2023. University of Georgia Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach

2019.   Southern Regional Extension Forestry Extension Awards Program in the Computer Software and/or Website – Wild Spotter Mapping Invasives in America's Wild Places

2016.    Award for Excellence in Outreach. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

2013.    Award of Excellence for Invasive Plant Research, Outreach and Education by the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council

2012.    Friends of IPM Bright Idea Award – Southern Region IPM Center

2012.    Gold Award for Excellence - National/International project. EDDMapS-Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System ( Southern Regional Extension Forestry.

2012.    Secretary of Interior's Partners in Conservation Award for Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area

2009.    "Genius Award" by the Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council

2008.    Advocate of the Year, "For Extraordinary Service Furthering the Goals of The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council" by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

2006.    Award for Excellence – Extension Publication. Invasive Weeds in Georgia: You can help stop their spread. Southern Regional Extension Forestry  

2002.    Award for Excellence – Exceptional Programming in Computer Software/Website: Southern Extension Foresters Association.

Selected Publications:

van Rees, C.B., Hand, B.K., Carter, S.C., Bargeron, C., Cline, T.J., Daniel, W., Ferrante, J.A., Gaddis, K., Hunter, M.E., Jarnevich, C.S., McGeoch, M.A., Morisette, J.T., Neilson, M.E., Roy, H.E., Rozance, M.A., Sepulveda, A., Wallace, R.D., Whited, D., Wilcox, T., Kimball, J.S. and Luikart, G. (2022), A framework to integrate innovations in invasion science for proactive management. Biol Rev, 97: 1712-1735.

Bowers, J. H., Malayer, J. R., Martínez-López, B., LaForest, J., Bargeron, C. T., Neeley, A. D., Coop, L. B., Barker, B. S., Mastin, A. J., Parnell, S. R., Cossé, A. A., McCluskey, B. J., Isard, S. A., & Russo, J. M. (2022). Surveillance for Early Detection of High-Consequence Pests and Pathogens. In K. Cardwell, & K. Bailey (Ed.), Tactical Sciences for Biosecurity in Animal and Plant Systems (pp. 120-177). IGI Global.

Wallace, R.D., Bargeron, C.T., LaForest, J.H. and Carroll, R.L. (2021). The Life Cycle of Invasive Alien Species Occurrence Data. In Invasive Alien Species (eds T. Pullaiah and M.R. Ielmini).

Wallace, R.D., Carroll, R.L., Bargeron, C.T. (2020). Invasive Plants. In Georgia Master Gardener Handbook. Editors: Dorn, Sheri, Sawyer, S. Eighth Edition. University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Jul 2020

Wallace, R. D., Bargeron, C. T., & Reaser, J. K. (2019). Enabling decisions that make a difference: guidance for improving access to and analysis of invasive species information. Biological Invasions22(1), 37-45. doi:10.1007/s10530-019-02142-2

Rawlins, K., Winston, R., Bargeron, C. T., Moorhead, D., & Carrol, R. (2018). New Invaders of the Southeast. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Assessment and Applied Sciences Team. 123 p.

Ziska, L.H.; Bradley, B.A.; Wallace, R.D.; Bargeron, C.T.; LaForest, J.H.; Choudhury, R.A.; Garrett, K.A.; Vega, F.E. 2018. Climate Change, Carbon Dioxide, and Pest Biology, Managing the Future: Coffee as a Case Study. Agronomy, 8, 152.  

Bradley, B. A., J. M. Allen, M. W. O'Neill, R. D. Wallace, C. T. Bargeron, J. A. Richburg, and K. Stinson. 2018. Invasive species risk assessments need more consistent spatial abundance data. Ecosphere 9(7):e02302. 10.1002/ecs2.2302.  

Wallace, R.D., Bargeron, C.T., and LaForest, J.H. 2017. Data and Knowledge Preservation. Earthzine, (Impacts of Invasions 2017). Retrieved from

Wallace, R.D., Bargeron, C.T., Moorhead, D.J., and LaForest, J.H. 2016. IveGot1: Reporting and Tracking Invasive Species in Florida. Southeastern Naturalist, 15, 51-62.

Jarnevich, C.S., Simpson, A., Graham, J.J., Newman, G.J., and Bargeron, C.T. 2015. Running a network on a shoestring: the Global Invasive Species Information Network. Management Of Biological Invasions, 6(2), 137-146.

Wallace, R., and Bargeron, C.T. 2014. Identifying Invasive Species in Real Time: Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) and Other Mapping Tools. In Invasive Species and Global Climate Change (pp. 219-231). CABI.

Starr, J., Schweik, C.M., Bush, N., Fletcher, L., Finn, J., Fish, J., and Bargeron, C.T. 2014. Lights, Camera ... Citizen Science: Assessing the Effectiveness of Smartphone-Based Video Training in Invasive Plant Identification. PLOS ONE, 9(11), 7 pages.

Driesche, R.V., LaForest, J.H., Bargeron, C.T., Reardon, R.C., and Herlihy, M. 2013. Forest Pest Insects in North America: A Photographic Guide. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team. 702 p.

Crall, A.W., Renz, M., Panke, B.J., Newman, G.J., Chapin, C., Graham, J., and Bargeron, C.T. 2012. Developing cost-effective early detection networks for regional invasions. Biological Invasions. Vol. 14, Issue 12:2461-2469.

Bargeron, C.T., Douce, G.K., Moorhead, D.J., Evans, C.W., and Reardon, R.C. 2006. Forestry Images Development, methodology and technology 1995-2005.  USDA Forest Service, FHTET-2005-14.  141 p.

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