Annie Simpson, MA, MS


Annie is a data coordinator for the Biofoundational Data Team in the Science Analytics & Synthesis Program, based at the headquarters of the US Geological Survey. Her research interests include invasive species information management, data standards, taxonomy and identification tool development, citizen science, and plant/insect interactions. She recruits species occurrence datasets for the Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) project. She also maintains authoritative lists of non-native species established in Alaska, Hawaii, and the contiguous lower 48 states.

Annie Simpson holds an MA in Entomology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and an MS in Library and Information Science from Catholic University, Washington DC.



-  CENDI Meritorious Service Award (2012). CENDI is a U.S. federal interagency group of science & technology information managers.

-  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Expert of the Day (23 March 2009)

-  US Geological Survey STAR Award (2006)

-  US Geological Survey Superior Service Award (2004)

-  US Geological Survey STAR Award (2004)

-  US Department of State Group Meritorious Honor Award, Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (2004)

-  US Geological Survey STAR Award (2003)

-  Certificate of Appreciation for contributions to interagency cooperation in developing the website through CENDI and the Alliance (2002)



- Webmaster, Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW) (2018-present)

- Co-Chair, Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW) (2015-2017)

-  Executive Secretary, BioEco Interagency Working Group (2013-2017)

-  Co-chair, (2012-2013)

-  Advisory Board Member of the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (2011-2015)

-  Chair of Federal Inter-Agency working group to create a National Framework for Invasive Species Early Detection, Rapid Assessment, and Rapid Response. (2006-2008)

-  Co-Lead and Point of Contact for the Invasive Species Task of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) (2007-2012)

-  Manager, Invasives Information Network of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (I3N) (2007-present)

-  Convener of the Invasive Species Task Group of the Taxonomic Databases Working Group, associated with the International Union of Biological Sciences (2006-2016)

-  Chair, Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) (2004-present)

-  Content Manager for USGS to (2000-2012)



Groom, Q., Desmet, P., Reyserhove, L., Adriaens, T., Oldoni, D., Vanderhoeven, S., Baskauf, S.J., Chapman, A., McGeoch, M., Walls, R., Wieczorek, J., Wilson, J.R.U., Zermoglio, P.F.F., Simpson, A., 2019, Improving Darwin Core for research and management of alien species, Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 3: e38084.

Simpson, A., Eyler, M.C., Sikes, D., Bowser, M., Sellers, E., and Guala, G.F., 2019, A comprehensive list of non-native species established in three major regions of the United States—Version 2.0: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Simpson, A., Morisette, J.T., Fuller, P., Reaser, J., and Guala, G.F., 2019, Catalog of U.S. Federal Early Detection/Rapid Response Invasive Species Databases and Tools: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

U.S. Geological Survey. 2015. Species occurrence data for the Nation—USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON). U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3068, 2 p. [Link]

Graham, J., Jarnevich, C., Simpson, A., Newman, G. J., and T. J. Stohlgren. 2011. Federated or cached searches: providing expected performance from multiple invasive species databases. Frontiers of Earth Science 5(2):111-119.

Simpson, Annie; Graham, Jim; Sellers, Elizabeth; Browne, Michael. 2008. Data Models to share Invasive Species Information through the Global Invasive Species Information Network. In: Weitzman, Ana L; Belbin, Lee (eds.). Proceedings of TDWG (2008), Fremantle, Australia. p 58.

Mallet, J., J. T. Longino, D. Murawski, A. Murawski, and A. Simpson de Gamboa. 1987. Handling effects in Heliconius: where do all the butterflies go? Journal of Animal Ecology 56: 377-386.