ISIS named newest member of the North American Invasive Species Network

Feb. 2, 2014

The North American Invasive Species Network has named the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University as the newest member and hub for its elite organization.

The ISIS is now one of nine regionally based centers that address invasive species issues specific to that area to be supported by the network organization.

“We are honored to receive this international recognition from the North American Invasive Species Network,” said Jerry Cook, ISIS director and associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs. “The Institute for the Study of Invasive Species is becoming one of the most comprehensive invasive species centers in America. We look forward to contributing to the management and study of invasive species at this new level.”

NAISN operates exclusively in the United States, Canada and Mexico and strives to unify invasive species efforts across the continent by streamlining the process of communication and collaboration between its members.

The Institute for the Study of Invasive Species is overseen by the Texas State University System and is located in Huntsville.

It houses analytical, molecular genetics and toxicology labs and has geographic information systems and economic analysis abilities. The institute focuses on invasive species threatening Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and the West Gulf Coast area with the support of the Texas State University System’s network of eight institutions across the Lone Star State.

“This appointment recognizes the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species as a leading regional leader in invasive species work,” Cook said. “We are excited for the new possibilities and collaboration this well bring.”


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