2018 Annual Meeting Registration Is Now Open!

Register now for DISC’s 2018 Annual Meeting!

The Delaware Invasive Species Council’s annual meeting covers a full range of invasive species, including aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals and pathogens that impact native species and threaten Delaware’s natural resources, economy, an quality of life. Join government agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, community leaders and others in strengthening awareness of invasive species prevention and management through information sharing and collaboration at the meeting! Continue reading “2018 Annual Meeting Registration Is Now Open!”

Meet the 2018-2019 Board!

Bottom left to right: Vince D’Amico, George Schurter, Blake Moore, Stephen Hauss. Top left to right: Ashley Melvin, Edna Stetzar, Rick Mickowski, Linda Bailey, Marcia Fox, Ashley Kroon, Kate O’Hanlon.

Chair – Marcia Fox, DNREC

Vice Chair – Linda Bailey

Secretary – Rick Mickowski, New Castle County Conservation District

Treasurer – Stephen Hauss, DDA, Plant Industries

Chair, Education Committee – Kate O’Hanlon

Chair, Research & Grants – Edna Stetzar, DNREC, Fish & Wildlife

Parliamentarian – Ashley Melvin, DDA, Delaware Forest Service

Member at Large – Ashley Kroon, DNREC, Delaware State Parks

Member at Large – George Schurter, Mt. Cuba Center

Member at Large – Blake Moore, DDA, Plant Industries

Member at Large – Vince D’Amico, US Forest Service

Now Accepting Board Nominations!

In accordance with DISC’s bylaws, our October 2017 Annual Meeting (date and location TBD) will bring a full Board election.  Our current Chair, Ashley Peebles, has served two consecutive, successful terms, and is therefore ineligible for re-election. Thank you, Ashley, for your service to DISC!  Linda Bailey is the current Vice-Chair, and Marcia Fox is serving as both the Parliamentarian and interim Secretary-Treasurer, following Rebecca Bobola’s departure last December.

DISC is accepting nominations for ALL positions (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and Parliamentarian) for our upcoming election.  If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone with a passion for protecting Delaware’s ecosystems from invasive species, please send nominees to Marcia.Fox@state.de.us by September 15, 2017.

DISC is always looking for fresh faces from our membership to become more actively involved with the organization.  This allows for new ideas for DISC meetings, outreach events, membership engagement, etc., and is an invaluable part of the growth and sustainability of DISC.  In addition, Board involvement is an excellent networking and career-building opportunity.  Keep in mind that although many of our Board members work for State agencies like DNREC and DDA, those credentials are NOT necessary to serve on the Board!

We hope you, as DISC members, will consider yourselves and your colleagues for nomination!


Annual Meeting Registration Deadline Extended!



The deadline to register for the 2016 Annual Meeting has been extended to October 12, 2016!

Don’t miss out on a full and informative agenda, as well as a DISC members-only networking happy hour after the meeting (see below)!  Register here!

Join us for a special networking event for DISC members* following the Annual Meeting at Fraizer’s Restaurant in downtown Dover!

Network with fellow invasive species professionals on Fraizer’s outdoor patio, which overlooks the adjacent Mirror Lake Restoration Project, while enjoying some complimentary hors d’oeuvres!

Food will be available from 4 – 7 PM at Fraizer’s Restaurant and Bar, 9 East Loockerman Street, Dover. This event will immediately follow the meeting.

We hope you will join us!

*Membership is included with annual meeting registration


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REMINDER: Call for Abstracts Deadline This Friday, SEPTEMBER 2ND!


Reminder!  The call for abstracts for the 2016 DISC Annual Meeting is this Friday, September 2nd!  Oral presenters receive a 25% discount on registration and membership.

Interested presenters are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations or poster displays. Conference planners are hoping for a broad selection of posters and a variety of topics.  Topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • impacts, distribution, and prevention of invasive Species;
  • early detection or rapid response;
  • invasive species control or management;
  • habitat restoration


Visit the 2016 Annual Meeting page for more details!

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