Advisory Board

  • Raspberries and other soft fruits are vulnerable to spotted wing drosophilia Drosophilia suzuki
    Raspberries and other soft fruits are vulnerable to spotted wing drosophilia.

The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center is advised by a 14 scientists, adminstrators, and land managers who have an expertise in terrestrial invasive species and related policy issues. The advisory board plays a key role in reviewing and approving policy documents related to the Center and its operation. The advisory board also develops strategic activities to ensure the longevity of the Center beyond its initial eight years of funding. 

  • Nan Bailly,  Owner/Winemaker Alexis Bailly Vineyards
  • Brian Buhr, Dean, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
  • Steve Chaplin, Senior Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Greg Cuomo, Associate Dean, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
  • Reggie DeFoe, Natural Resource Director, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Vince Fritz, Professor and Extension Vegetable Horticulturist, University of Minnesota
  • Frances Homans, Professor and Department Head, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
  • Emily Hoover, Professor and Head, Morse Distinguished Teaching Professor of Horticulture, University of Minnesota
  • Shefali Mehta, Open Rivers Consulting Associates
  • Gary Muehlbauer, Professor, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota
  • Bob Owens, Owens Forest Products
  • Ann Pierce, Head, Environmental Management and Protection Services, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Bob Stine, Associate Dean, College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota
  • Geir Friiso, Director, Plant Protection Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture