Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health

The mission of the Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health is to serve a lead role in development, consolidation and dissemination of information and programs focused on invasive species, forest health, natural resource and agricultural management through technology development, program implementation, training, applied research and public awareness at the state, regional, national and international levels.


  • To become a preeminent national and international public service and outreach center
  • To develop collaboration between UGA and state, university, federal and international partners
  • To integrate and develop information and programs
  • To produce web sites, publications, posters and presentations
  • To serve as a clearing house for information, applied research and training
  • To promote public awareness, education and applied research


In February of 2008, the Bugwood Network officially became the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.


The Center is involved in numerous grant funded projects and cooperative agreements relating to invasive species, integrated pest management and forest health. Over the past ten years, we have received over $2 million in extramural funds to support Bugwood staff and activities.


The Center integrates science based resources with information technology applications and graphic design tools to provide a wide array of services. The Center’s award-winning staff works with the client organization to efficiently develop and deliver the best product in a timely fashion to meet their specific needs. The primary services that the Center can provide are listed below.

Educational Internet Application Development and Hosting
Image Acquisition, Digitization, Databasing and Delivery
Electronic Early Detection, Monitoring and Mapping Tools for Invasive Species
Develop educational resources including bulletins, publications, posters, CD-ROMs and presentations
Provide training and support for landowners, natural resource professionals and managers, and the general public
Full Color Publication Design and Layout
Display and Poster Design and Layout
Develop and Host Websites for Professional Organizations and Conferences
Convert Educational Materials to Electronic Format with Web Accessibility
Update and Maintain Database-driven Information Resources
Provided Feeds of Images and Information to External Web Application


To better facilitate our work, the Center has developed three proprietary products that provide the backbone for our web applications and services.

Bugwood Image Database System - pdf
Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) - pdf
BugwoodWiki - pdf



The University of Georgia - Tifton Campus, Tifton, GA. The campus provides agricultural and environmental research, outreach and instruction with almost 100 UGA scientists working with USDA Agricultural Research Service researchers. Tifton is listed as one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America”. Tifton is located 180 miles south of Atlanta and has a county population of 40,000.

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