Chuck Bargeron, Technology Director

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Chuck is the Associate Director – Invasive Species and Information Technology at the Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health and has a Public Service Faculty appointment split between the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia. A native of Tifton, GA, he graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1997 with an Associate Degree in Computer Science and received a B.S in Computer Science in 1999, from Georgia Southern University. In 2004, he received an M.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Southwestern State University. He has been with the University of Georgia for 17 years where he has developed web applications, smartphone applications, interactive CD-ROMs, databases and outreach publications. Websites that Chuck has designed for the University of Georgia have been featured twice in Science Magazine, received regional awards for content and design, and have received over 1 billion hits in the last 10 years.

Chuck designed and developed the infrastructure behind Bugwood Images which runs the ForestryImages.org, Invasive.org, IPMImages.org, InsectImages.org and WeedImages.org websites. Recently, Chuck has focused on mapping invasive species and tools for Early Detection and Rapid Response using EDDMapS and smartphone applications. He has developed and released 16 iPhone applications including IveGot1, Invasive Plants of Southern Forests, Landscape Alternative to Invasive Plants in the Midwest, Outsmart Invasives and Forest Pest Insects in North America. Chuck developed the first smartphone applications released by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Chuck was the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Advocate of the Year in 2008 and received the Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council Award in 2009. He is the current President of the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils and Treasurer of the North American Invasive Species Network. In 2012, as part the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, Chuck received the U.S. Department of Interior – Partners in Conservation Award. Chuck has been an invited speaker at over 80 regional and national conferences and co-authored over 20 journal articles and outreach publications.

Chuck, an Eagle Scout, spends his free time helping with his oldest son’s Cub Scout Pack and serves a Den Leader, Pack Committee Chair and Charter Organization Representative. He also helps coach little league baseball and Upward basketball. Still the computer geek, Chuck is always on the look for the latest and greatest technology gadgets and still has his first Apple Macintosh computer.

Job duties:

  • Oversees daily operations of the Center as part of the Center's management team
  • Provide leadership to develop and implement information technology applications for Center programs
  • Outreach programming in the areas of invasive species detection, distribution, awareness and policy
  • Liaison with scientific/regulatory professionals with university, federal and state agencies, organizations and NGOs
  • Conducts trainings and presentations of Center projects at state, national and international level
  • Participates in project development and grant writing
  • Coordinate the instructional design and delivery of outreach materials developed and released through the Center

Education and Professional Background:

  • 1997 A.S. Computer Science, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, Georgia
  • 1999 B.S. Computer Science, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
  • 2004 M.S. Computer Science, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia

Honors and awards:

  • 2008. Advocate of the Year, "For Extraordinary Service Furthering The Goals of The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council" by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
  • 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003. Award for Excellence "For Exceptional Programming in the Area of Computer Websites or Computer Software" from The Southern Extension Foresters Specialists, Coop. Ext. Ser. Southern Agriculture & Natural Resources Program.

Organizational and Leadership Activities:

  • University of Georgia CAES Tifton Campus IT Manager Advisory Committee - 2008
  • Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council, Annual Conference Planning Committee – 2008-2009
  • Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council, President – 2008-present
  • Natural Areas Association/National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils Joint Conference, Program Planning Committee, 2008
  • Natural Areas Association/National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils Joint Conference, Webmaster, 2008
  • Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council, Early Detection and Rapid Response Committee Chair – 2006-2008
  • Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council, Education and Outreach Committee Chair – 2006-2008
  • Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council, Webmaster – 2000-present
  • Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, Webmaster – 2001-present
  • Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, Webmaster – 2006-present
  • National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils, Webmaster – 2005-present
  • Southern Forest Insect Work Conference, Webmaster – 2000-present

Selected Publications (2003-2008):

  • Bargeron, C.T., and D.J. Moorhead. 2007. EDDMapS- Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System for the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council. Wildland Weeds. Vol. 10(4):4-8.
  • Bargeron, C.T., C.W. Evans, D.J. Moorhead, G.K. Douce and R.C. Reardon. 2007. Invasive Plants of the United States: Identification and Control DVD ROM. The University of Georgia - Bugwood Network and USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team FHTET-2007-03
  • Bargeron, C.T., A.C. Shah, G.K. Douce and D.J. Moorhead. 2007. Forest Resources Digital Information System. Journal of Extension. Vol. 45, No. 2. (http://www.joe.org/joe/2007april/tt7.shtml)
  • Bargeron, C.T., G.K. Douce, D.J. Moorhead, C.W. Evans and R.C. Reardon. 2006. Forestry Images www.forestryimages.org: Development, methodology and technology 1995-2005. USDA Forest Service, FHTET-2005-14. 141 p.
  • Evans, C.W., D.J. Moorhead, C.T. Bargeron, and G.K. Douce. 2006. Field identification of cogongrass with comparisons to other commonly found grass species. The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia. Tifton, GA. BW-2006-04. 24 p.
  • Evans, C.W., D.J. Moorhead, C.T. Bargeron, and G.K. Douce. 2006. Invasive plant responses to silvicultural practices in the South. The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia. Tifton, GA. BW-2006-03. 52 p.
  • Evans, C.W., C.T. Bargeron, D.J. Moorhead and G.K. Douce. 2006. Invasive plants of Georgia’s forests: Identification and control. Georgia Invasive Species Task Force, Georgia Forestry Commission, USDA Forest Service & The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia. Tifton, GA, BW-2006-02. 12 p.
  • Evans, C.W., D.J. Moorhead, C.T. Bargeron and G.K. Douce. 2005. Identifying and controlling cogongrass in Georgia. The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia. Tifton, GA, BW-2005-04. 4 p.
  • Evans, C.W., C.T. Bargeron, D.J. Moorhead and G.K. Douce. 2005. Aquatic pests introduced from aquariums and water gardens. Georgia Invasive Species Task Force & The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia. Tifton, GA, BW-2005-06. 7 p.
  • Bargeron, C.T., D.J. Moorhead, G.K. Douce, R.C. Reardon and A.E. Miller. 2003. Invasive plants of the Eastern United States: Identification and control. USDA-FS, FHTET-203-08. CD-ROM.

Recent Presentations

  • Invasive Exotics EDRR: Invasive Species Mapping – Trends and Data Sharing; Panel Discussion at the 35th Natural Areas Conference, Nashville, TN. October 14-17, 2008. 450 Attendees
  • GPS Training w/ SE-EPPC-EDDMapS Overview Workshop at the 35th Natural Areas Conference, Nashville, TN. October 14-17, 2008. 450 Attendees
  • Reporting and Mapping Invasive Plant Infestations (EDDMapS) at the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Meeting, Gainesville, GA. Sept. 19, 2008. 53 Attendees
  • EDDMapS for Cooperative Weed Management Areas at the Cooperative Weed Management Area Workshop, Asheville, NC. August 21, 2008. 40 Attendees
  • FloridaInvasives.org at the Florida Invasive Species Partnership meeting, Gainesville, FL. Aug 12 – 13, 2008. 15 Attendees
  • EDDMapS: What is it? Why was it developed? How does it fit into an EDRR model? What can MA-EPPC do to make it work for them? at the Mapping the Mid-Atlantic - Invasive Species Mapping and Early Detection Workshop. Fairfax, VA. July 30, 2008. 60 Attendees
  • EvergladesCISMA.org Update at the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Summit, Miami, FL. July 16 - 17, 2008. 60 Attendees
  • EDDMapS – Invasive Species Mapping Applications and Enhancements at Managing Invasive Plants in Disturbed Landscapes: Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council's 10th Annual Symposium. Biloxi, MS. April 21 – 24, 2008. 150 Attendees
  • Bugwood – Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the Flora Non Grata: Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council's 23rd Annual Symposium. Jacksonville, FL. May 19 – 21, 2008. 100 Attendees
  • Implementing EDDMapS for the Alaska Exotic Plant Info Clearinghouse at the AKEPIC subcommittee of the Alaska Committee of Noxious and Invasive Plant Management meeting, Anchorage, Alaska. April 3 - 4, 2008. 15 attendees
  • How the Northern Rockies can use EDDMapS at the Invasive Species in Natural Areas Conference, Missoula, Montana. Feb. 13 – 14, 2008. 350 attendees
  • EDDMapS and US Fish and Wildlife Service at the 2008 Annual US Fish and Wildlife Service IPM/IS Meeting, Tucson, AZ. Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2008. 20 attendees

Contact Information:

The University of Georgia
Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
2360 Rainwater Road
Tifton, GA 31793-5766 USA
Phone: 229-386-3298
Fax: 229-386-3352
Email: cbargero@uga.edu

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