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Mr. Chuck Bargeron

Senior Public Service Associate

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

Chuck is the Associate Director – Invasive Species and Information Technology at the Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health (Bugwood) 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. He has been with the University of Georgia since 1999 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 and websites. Recently, Chuck has focused on mapping invasive species and tools for Early Detection and Rapid Response using EDDMapS and smartphone applications. He has overseen development of 52 smartphone 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. In 2012, as part the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, Chuck received the U.S. Department of Interior – Partners in Conservation Award. He is the Past President of the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils and President-Elect of the North American Invasive Species Network. He was appointed by the Secretary of Interior to the National Invasive Species Advisory Council in 2013. Chuck has been an invited speaker at over 80 regional and national conferences and co-authored over 25 journal articles and outreach publications.



  • Oversees daily operations of the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (Bugwood)
  • Provide leadership to develop and implement information technology applications for Bugwood 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 Bugwood projects at state, national and international level 
  • Project development and grant writing to support Bugwood 
  • Coordinate the instructional design and delivery of outreach materials developed and released through the Bugwood