The Team

Learn about the people that bring you Grassmapper! 

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Rene FH Sforza, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
USDA-ARS (EBCL) Montpellier, France

 

About me: 

I am a research scientist with the USDA-ARS European Biological Control Laboratory. My expertise is in foreign exploration for biological control agents to control invasive species, conduct host specificity testings and arthropod-plant interactions. My primary focus is insects, but I also study plants, fungi, and other potential biological control agents.

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Dorothy Y Maguire, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
USDA-ARS (EBCL) Montpellier, France

 

About me:

I am a postdoctoral fellow working jointly at the USDA-ARS and BSU, ID, USA. My research interests are in plant insect interactions, specifically related to invasive species. I am working on modeling the distribution and spread of Ventenata, while developing an outreach program using Grassmapper. 

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Stephen J Novak, PhD
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Boise State University Boise, USA

 

About me:

I am a professor of plant ecology at Boise State University where I study the population genetics of invasive grass species. I am interested in comparing the level and structure of genetic diversity within and among native and introduced populations of invasive grasses.  Such information can identify the geographic origins of an invasive and inform management strategies for these species.

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Massimo Cristofaro, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
ENEA/ Biotechnology and Biological Control Agency Rome, Italy

 

About me:

I am a research scientist with ENEA Biotechnology and Biocontrol Agency (BBCA). I have extensive experience in foreign exploration for biological control agents. I am an entomologist by training, but have conducted studies on plants and other organisms as well. I collaborate extensively with the USDA to help control invasive species in the USA.