Southeast Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change (SE RISCC) Management Network

Core Team

Brett Scheffers

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Brett Scheffers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. Over the past 15 years, he has studied the ecology of species and habitats in tropical, temperate and boreal ecosystems. Find out more here

Brett is interested in how species, both native and non-native, will expand their distributions under climate change. He wants to better understand how human values -that of species and nature – might shift with increasing invasions of non-native species and ecosystem shifts under climate change. Brett’s general interests include invasion science, the wildlife trade and exotic pet trade, trait-based ecology, multidimensional species distributions, community assembly/disassembly, ecophysiology, and landscape ecology. He uses these concepts to assess species and habitat vulnerability and resilience under novel climates and human disturbances.

Deah Lieurance

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Deah Lieurance is an Extension Scientist in the Agronomy Department at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. She has been the coordinator of the UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas since 2013. She received her Ph.D. from Wright State University, Dayton Ohio in 2012 and prior to that spent 3 years in Ft. Lauderdale working on the development of biocontrol agents at the USDA Invasive Plant Research Laboratory.

She is the 2021 recipient of NAISMA’s Rita Beard Visionary Leadership Award. Additionally, she currently serves on the NAISMA’s executive committee and is the current chair of the Florida Invasive Species Council.

Wesley Daniel

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Dr. Wesley M. Daniel is a supervisory fisheries biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Gainesville, FL. He is the coordinator for the Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Database and supervises a diverse team of scientists. Wes is an aquatic landscape ecologist, and his research focuses on identifying and modeling the impacts and introduction pathways of invasive species. Before joining USGS, Wes worked as a post-doctoral research associate for Michigan State University. He led numerous national-focused conservation projects for freshwater fishes and mussels with the National Fish Habitat Partnership, Northeast Climate Science Center, and Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Wes received a M.S. in Biology from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Biology from Louisiana State University.