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Mr. 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 split between the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources and the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia. A native of Tifton, GA, he graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1997 with an Associate Degree in Computer Science and received a B.S in Computer Science in 1999, from Georgia Southern University. In 2004, he received an M.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Southwestern State University. He has been with the University of Georgia for 20 years where he has developed web applications, smartphone applications, interactive CD-ROMs, databases and outreach publications. Websites that Chuck has designed for the University of Georgia have been featured twice in Science Magazine, received regional awards for content and design, and have received over 2 billion hits since 2002.

Chuck designed and developed the infrastructure behind Bugwood Images which runs the,,, and websites. Recently, he has focused on mapping invasive species and tools for Early Detection and Rapid Response using EDDMapS and smartphone applications. He and his staff have developed 75 iPhone applications including IveGot1, Invasive Plants of Southern Forests, Landscape Alternative to Invasive Plants in the Midwest, Outsmart Invasives and Forest Pest Insects in North America. Chuck developed the first smartphone applications released by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Chuck was the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Advocate of the Year in 2008 and received the Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council Award in 2009. In 2012, as part the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, he received the U.S. Department of Interior - Partners in Conservation Award. He is the Past President of the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils and past Chair of the North American Invasive Species Network. He was appointed by the Secretary of Interior to the National Invasive Species Advisory Council in 2013 and elected as Chair in 2018. Chuck has been an invited speaker at over 150 regional and national conferences and co-authored over 30 journal articles and outreach publications.


  • Oversees daily operations of the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (Bugwood)
  • Provide leadership to develop and implement information technology applications for Bugwood programs 
  • Outreach programming in the areas of invasive species detection, distribution, awareness and policy 
  • Liaison with scientific/regulatory professionals with university, federal and state agencies, organizations and NGOs 
  • Conducts trainings and presentations of Bugwood projects at state, national and international level 
  • Project development and grant writing to support Bugwood 
  • Coordinate the instructional design and delivery of outreach materials developed and released through the Bugwood
  • 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
Selected Publications:

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 INVASIONS, 9 pages. doi:10.1007/s10530-019-02142-2

Wallace, R., Bargeron, C., Moorhead, D., & Laforest, J. (2018). Information management relevant to invasive species early detection and rapid response programs. National Invasive Species Council Secretariat. Retrieved from

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. Agronomy8, 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 NATURALIST15, 51-62. doi:10.1656/058.015.sp805

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.

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.

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