Karan a. R.

Invasive Plant Coordinator

As  Invasive Plants Coordinator and Bugwood Images Coordinator for the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia, Tifton Campus my duties include: development and delivery of outreach materials and presentations, expanding the development and operation of the Georgia Invasive Species Task Force, developed the First Detector Program in Georgia, development and training associated with the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS), classification of images and information into the Bugwood Image Database System, and field work including installation and management of research plot and collection of field survey data.  My goal is to help preserve and restore our native habitats and landscapes by working in the field of invasive species. 

Born in South Georgia, but spent 20 years in Texas around the metroplex of Dallas/Fort Worth raising a family, working, and going to school.  Received a M.S. from University of Texas at Arlington. Worked at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge in Fort Worth, Texas as a Naturalist.  It is 3600 beautiful acres of prairie and forest with the west fork of the Trinity River running through it.  I had a great time there as I developed and implemented programs, directed volunteers and students in outreach programs, led teaching hikes, acted as a canoe guide and conducted outreach programs for a variety of groups.  I met and worked with many wonderful people during my time there.

Also worked with Texas Invaders Program as a volunteer.  They are based at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the University of Texas at Austin.  In the two years working with them I collected over 3000 invasive plant records, assisted in validation of other collectors data, conducted surveys of properties for private and public stakeholders, trained new recruits for the program, and led field trips teaching invasive plant identification.

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