Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth (IPAMS)

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The Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth (IPAMS) is a project of the Geosystems Research Institute (GRI), Mississippi State University. The Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth (IPAMS) will provide information on the biology, distribution, and best management practices for forty weedy plant species. Outreach and extension activities include developing training programs for volunteers to identify and report invasive species using IPAMS, developing an efficient Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) system for invasive plants, developing best management practices workshops, and developing an online mapping system. Research activities include conducting systematic regional vegetation surveys to assess the distribution of key invasive plants, developing models for predicting the occurrence of target species based on land use and cover, and evaluate the relative effectiveness of professional versus volunteer surveys. IPAMS is a unique tool for early detection and rapid response. Trained volunteers regularly check areas for invasive species. When they encounter an invasive species, they record the location by GPS, the plant and other information about the plant population. On the IPAMS Web site, they input this information and alert researchers and government officials of the new infestation. This gives those decision-makers more time in taking appropriate steps and treating an infestation early, before it spreads further.

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Geosystems Research Institute. 2016. The Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth (http://www.gri.msstate.edu/ipams, 28 November 2016). Geosystems Research Institute, Mississippi State University, MS State, MS 39762 USA.

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Contacts

Who created the resource:

Clifton Abbott
Web Database System, GIS, Webmaster
Mississippi State University, Geosystems Research Institute High Performance Computing Building 230 39762-9652 Mississippi State Mississippi US 662-325-9435
http://www.cavs.msstate.edu/bagley/userinformation.php?eid=1594

Who can answer questions about the resource:

John D. Madsen, Ph.D.
Former Project Director, Extension and Outreach Coordinator
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Dept of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, 274 Robbins Hall, One Shields Avenue 95616 Davis California US (530) 752-7870
https://www.ars.usda.gov/people-locations/person/?person-id=49597

Who filled in the metadata:

Elizabeth Sellers
Technical Information Specialist - Biology
United States Geological Survey (USGS) 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 302 20192 Reston Virginia US +1-703-648-4385

Who else was associated with the resource:

Principal Investigator
John D. Madsen, Ph.D.
Former Project Director, Extension and Outreach Coordinator
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Dept of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, 274 Robbins Hall, One Shields Avenue 95616 Davis California US (530) 752-7870
https://www.ars.usda.gov/people-locations/person/?person-id=49597
Content Provider
Victor Maddoxx, Ph.D.
Plant Identification and Verification
Mississippi State University, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Geosystems Research Institute 39762-9555 Mississippi State Mississippi US 662-325-2313
Principal Investigator
Gary Ervin, Ph.D.
Research Program Director
Mississippi State University, Department of Biological Sciences 39762-9536 Mississippi State Mississippi US 662-325-1203

Geographic Coverage

Non-contiguous United States.

Bounding Coordinates South West [17.948, -158.054], North East [48.312, -66.624]

Taxonomic Coverage

Non-native invasive plant species.

Kingdom  Plantae

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2004-08-04 / 2016-03-26

Additional Metadata

Collaborators Randy Westbrooks, Ph.D., USGS NWRC Les Mehrhoff, Ph.D., University of Connecticut (Invasive Plant Atlas of New England) Thomas Stohlgren, USGS, Fort Collins Science Center Pam Fuller, USGS, Florida Integrated Science Center Charles Bryson (USDA Southern Weed Science Research Unit, Stoneville, MS)

Purpose Invasive weedy plants are a widespread problem throughout the United States. Their growth is often widely dispersed, with little scientific ability to predict why they occur in a given location. In addition, historical human activities such as urbanization, agriculture, and forestry have a marked effect on the distribution and spread of invasives. This integrated project will quantify relationships of weed distribution and spread with land use, then use that information directly in educating agriculture stakeholders, natural resources managers, and other interested parties on potential human-induced opportunities for invasive species spread. The Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth (IPAMS) will provide information on the biology, distribution, and best management practices for forty weedy plant species. Outreach and extension activities include developing training programs for volunteers to identify and report invasive species using IPAMS, developing an efficient Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) system for invasive plants, developing best management practices workshops, and developing an online mapping system. Research activities include conducting systematic regional vegetation surveys to assess the distribution of key invasive plants, developing models for predicting the occurrence of target species based on land use and cover, and evaluate the relative effectiveness of professional versus volunteer surveys.
Alternative Identifiers https://bison.usgs.gov/ipt/resource?r=ipams