Annual Invasive Species Workshop

About the Workshop
The Alaska Invasive Species Partnership organizes an invasive species workshop held annually in the late fall.  The workshop rotates between locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks and various rural communities. 

The workshop is a forum for discussing invasive species management activities within the state, offers expert presentations about emerging invasive species science and management issues, and training for new and experienced invasive species managers alike.  The workshop typically draws 100 to 150 participants.

The 2018 Conference and workshop

The 2018 conference and workshop was November 13-15 in the City of Homer at the Land's End Resort

The City and Homer is southern end of the Kenai Peninsula with a vibrant fishing and farming community meet a variety of invasive species issues that encompass marine, terrestrial, and freshwater systems. Southcentral Alaska, has several active invasive species management groups working on issues including eradication of Elodeamanagement of various other species, and outreach. This year's workshop will host a variety of topics highlighting legacies of invasive species introduction and management as well as emerging issues statewide.

Workshops are being developed and will include introductory and advanced topics to accommodate those that are new to or experienced in invasive species management and outreach. Typically the conference and workshop are worth between 9 and 12 continuing education units for certified pesticide applicators of Alaska.

Student scholarships available

A limited number of scholarships are available for students and teachers to attend the Alaska Invasive Species Workshop. Scholarships will cover conference registration fees only, no travel funds are included in the scholarships. Eligible students include middle school, high school, college and graduate students, as well as post docs. Any K-12 teacher is eligible.

Please fill out this form completely, save it with a filename that includes your last name, and email it to Gino Graziano at gagraziano@alaska.edu. The due date for 2019 scholarships will be announced during the summer of 2019.

Call for Speakers 2019 workshop

Look for a call for speakers announcement mid summer 2019.

Theme: TBD

Requested submission deadline: TBD

The Alaska Invasive Species Partnerships requests presentations encompassing all types of invasive species management from all areas of the state, with a special emphasis on topics related to the workshop theme. 

If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, please submit an abstract through our online submission form (Currently not available). 

If you are unable to submit abstracts using the online submission form contact Gino Graziano at gagraziano@alaska.edu or 907-786-6315.

For examples of past presentation abstracts see the workshop proceedings. 

Registration and Accommodations

Registration: Information coming soon.  Typically the workshop registration is around $180 to cover the three days including lunches, coffee, water, and light snacks. 

Accommodations: TBD

Certified Pesticide Applicators, Continuing Education Units

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation usually offers continuing education units for Certified Pesticide Applicators of Alaska that attend the full workshop. Look for the final amount of CEU in September after the agenda is developed and reviewed.  Typically around 6-12 units are offered depending on the specific topics covered.

Nominate outstanding contributors to invasive species management!

The Alaska Invasive Species Partnership (AISP) would like to recognize and celebrate the amazing contributions and achievements of our friends and colleagues in the invasive species community. Please take a moment to shine a light on a particularly outstanding member of your team by nominating a volunteer, collaborator, employee, or contractor for their exemplary service.

The AISP board is accepting nominations for excellence in four categories: lifetime achievement, leadership, outreach, and volunteerism.

Nominations should include:

  • Name of nominee
  • Category of achievement
  • Description of achievement, project or reason for nomination. Please give details.
  • Name of nominator

Members of the AISP community are welcome to submit nominations to the AISP board through Tammy Davis: tammy.davis@alaska.gov. Nominations will be accepted until August 15th.

Support the workshop

Generous contributions from supporters keep the registration costs for the workshop low, and allow workshop organizers to bring in excellent speakers. If you or your organization would like to support the workshop follow this support link, and contact Gino Graziano (gagraziano@alaska.edu) to arrange for recognition on workshop materials. 

Past workshop proceedings

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