Foundations of Invasive Species Management

The Foundations of Invasive Species (FIS) Management Certificate Course is an asynchronous, professional, online course that was created to provide you with a well-rounded basis in invasive species management. Experts from the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) have carefully curated this content just for you!

This asynchronous course consists of sequenced video presentations, along with supplemental materials for in-depth learning and assessment. Video presentations are curated from NAISMA’s exclusive webinar library, plus past annual conference presentations coupled with original content that can only be seen inside of FIS. There are fourteen segments in this course with multiple learning pieces included in each. Plus, we included the entire NAIMSA Mapping Standards short course as a bonus for you!

The FIS management certificate course is designed specifically for individuals that are interested in learning the foundational aspects of invasive species management and was developed by professionals with real world experience managing invasive plants, animals, and pathogens. 

Course Details

1. Welcome and Instructions
Welcome and Instructions
Invasive Species
Why Should I Care About Invasive Species?
2. Introduction to Invasive Species
Invasive Species 101 by National Geographic
Introduction to Invasive Species
Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species
Executive Order on Invasive Species
The Threat of Invasive Species from TedD-Ed by Jennifer Klos
Invasive Species in Your Area
Quiz - Introduction
3. Agencies and Organizations
Chapter 3 Overview
The ABCs of Invasive Species Organizations and How They Work Together
What is the National Invasive Species Council?
Federal Invasive Species Program Updates from NISAW 2021
Quiz - Agencies and Organizations
4. Advocacy and Policy
Chapter 4 Overview
Invasive Species Opportunities in the 117th Congress and the First Year of the Biden Administration
Show Me the Money!
Raising Awareness of Invasive Species Management Among State Legislators
EmpowerU! Learn How to Help Your Audience Engage Decision Makers
Quiz - Advocacy and Policy
5. Aquatic Nuisance Species
Chapter 5 Overview
Aquatic Nuisance Species Priorities for Prevention and Management
An Overview of Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs across the United States
The Model Legislative Framework for State Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Programs and Local Toolkit for AIS
Pathways, Coordination, and Legislative Update of AIS Prevention and Management
Aquatic Plant Management Strategies
Aquatic Plant Management Priorities
Management of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB)
Challenges and New Technology for Managing Invasive Fish
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Quiz - Aquatic Nuisance Species
6. Injurious Wildlife
Chapter 6 Overview
The History and Effectiveness of Injurious Wildlife Listing Under the "Lacey Act"
Feral Swine Management and Policy from Canada to Mexico
Wild Pigs on USACE Projects: Management Challenges, Research Opportunities and Lessons Learned
Non-Native Invasive Earthworms 101: From the Nightcrawler to the Jumping Worm
Invasive Tegus: An Emerging Threat to Southeastern Ecosystems
Invasive Species of Guam
Introduced Species and Biodiversity
Quiz - Injurious Wildlife
7. Invasive Pests
Chapter 7 Overview
Pest TV Invasive Species Video
Hiding in Plain Sight: Invasive Pests in North America
Science Policy and Solutions for Invasive Forest Pests
Forestry Best Management Practices for Invasive Species
Quiz - Invasive Pests
8. Noxious Weeds
Chapter 8 Overview
Invasive Plant Biology and Ecology
Invasive Plant Management Techniques
Concepts and Strategies For Emergent Plant Management
Identification and Management of Invasive Grasses
U.S. State Noxious Weed Lists are Reactive, Not Coordinated, and Incongruous with Biology & The Western Weed Action Plan
Quiz - Noxious Weeds
9. Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR)
Chapter 9 Overview
An Overview of Early Detection and Rapid Response
USGS and USFWS Collaborative Project to Conduct a National Horizon Scan for Organisms in Trade
Arc Collector: A Revolutionary Tool for Field Data Collection
The Role of the U.S. Public in Detecting New Pest Incursions
USGS Biological Threat Surveillance Tools
British Columbia, Canada's EDRR for Emerging Plant Issues
Incident Command System for Invasive Species
Closing the Gap: Using Emergency Declarations to Achieve Rapid Response Goals
Rapid Response to Zebra Mussel Contamination in Marimo Moss Balls
Quiz - EDRR
11. Mapping and Data Management
Chapter 11 Overview
How to Implement the NAISMA Mapping Standards
The Invasive Species Data Mobilization Campaign
An Overview of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Database
EDDMapS 101
Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities
Quiz - Mapping and Data Management
12. Education and Outreach
Chapter 12 Overview
Familiarize Yourself with the National Campaigns
Stopping Invasive Species with Behavior Psychology
Invasive Species Prevention Outreach Brands and How to Use Them
PlayCleanGo Awareness Week and How to Integrate the New Outreach Tools
Writing Signage that People Will Read
Leaps and Bounds - How to Jump over the Barriers to Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species
What Can I Do About Invasive Species?
Quiz - Education and Outreach
13. Climate Change and Invasive Species
Chapter 13 Overview
Supporting the Inclusion of Invasive Species in Climate Change Legislation, Policy, Management, and Research
Climate Change and Invasive Species
North East RISCC Management Network - Integrating Invasive Species and Climate Change: Past Accomplishment and Upcoming Goals
Pacific RISCC - Integrating Climate Change into Invasive Species Management in the U.S. Pacific Islands
Introducing the North Central RISCC Network
Quiz - Climate Change
14. Conclusion
Invasive Species: The Basics
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