Elizabeth Sellers

Biography

Elizabeth Sellers is currently serving the USGS as a Data Manager and Taxonomic Data Development Specialist, with the Science Analytics and Synthesis Program in the Core Science Systems Mission Area. She joined the USGS in December 2003 after completing a year as a USGS Volunteer for Science for the Invasive Species science program of the Biological Resources Discipline (now Ecosystems Mission Area). She completed her B.Sc. in Tropical Botany and Geomorphology at James Cook University, Townsville campus, Australia in 1995; and completed post-graduate research in 1996 on the compensatory growth habits and ecophysiology of the non-native invasive 'woody weed' Chinee[sic] apple (Zizyphus mauritiana) for a BSc. Honors degree.

From 2016 to present she is responsible for updating and maintaining the taxonomic nomenclature data for the bees of the world in the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS - https://www.itis.gov).

From 2009-2019 she coordinated the development and data loads for the USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON https://bison.usgs.gov) online species mapping application and the BISON Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT - https://bison.usgs.gov/ipt) instance for hosting species occurrence data and metadata shared with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF - https://www.gbif.org).

She currently represents the USGS on the Steering Committee of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC - https://www.pollinator.org/nappc; 2007 to present); and on the USDA Pollinator Working Group (2016 to present). She also represented the USGS on the Federal Committee of the Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) (2015-2018). In 2004 she was a founding member of the Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN).

 

Publications

Simpson, A., Eyler, M.C., Sikes, D., Bowser, M., Sellers, E., Guala, G.F., Cannister, M., Libby, R., and Kozlowski, N., 2019, A comprehensive list of non-native species established in three major regions of the United States: Version 2.0, (ver. 2.0, 2019): U.S. Geological Survey data release https://doi.org/10.5066/P9E5K160

USGS. 2019 (Fact Sheet). Species Occurrence Data for the Nation: USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)-A Unique, Web-Based Federal Mapping Resource for Species Occurrence Data in the United States and its Territories. U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015-3068 ver 1.1, May 2019  
https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20153068

USGS. 2019 (Poster). Species Occurrence Data for the Nation: USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)-A Unique, Web-Based Federal Mapping Resource for Species Occurrence Data in the United States and its Territories. U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey General Information Product 160 ver 1.1, May 2019  https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20153068

Droege, S., Engler, J. D., Sellers, E., and L. E. O'Brien. 2016. U. S. National Protocol Framework for the Inventory and Monitoring of Bees. Inventory and Monitoring, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. [Link]

The White House, Pollinator Health Task Force. 2015. Pollinator Research Action Plan: Report of the Pollinator Health Task Force. Pp. 96 + A-18 [Link]

Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) Federal Committee. 2015. National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020. Bureau of Land Management (Chair). BLM/WO/GI-15/012+7400 [Link]

Sellers, E. and D. McCarthy. 2015. Distribution and floral hosts of Anthophorula micheneri (Timberlake, 1947) and Hylaeus sparsus (Cresson, 1869), (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila), with new state records in Giles and Loudoun counties, Virginia, eastern USA. Check List 11(3):1665 https://doi.org/10.15560/11.3.1665

Sellers, E. 2011 (Winter). The Inouye Database: An Interactive Bibliography of Pollination Publications. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 14(1):3, 7 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2011 (Winter). Invasive Species Toolbox: In Memoriam: Dr. Les Mehrhoff, Co-founder of the Invasive Plan Atlas of New England (IPANE); IPANE Shares Its Training Manual Online; Explore and Provide Feedback on the Beta Version of the Alberta Risk Assessment Tool (RAT); Join the Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth Online; Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States; Other Contributions in Memory of Les Mehrhoff. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 14(1):6, 8 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers 2010 (Fall). Invasive Species Toolbox: Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) Releases New Species Map Tool; ISIN Partners at USGS Fort Collins Science Center and Colorado State University Improve Web Site; Cactus Moth Detection and Monitoring Network Continues to Grow. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 13(4):6 [Link]

Sellers, E. and S. Droege. 2010. What Kind of Bee Is That? Online Identification of Native Bees. USGS-NBII Fact Sheet. [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2010 (Summer). Invasive Species Toolbox: Discover Life's Video of Bee Hunt Project Data Collection Protocol; Invasive Species Electronic Mailing Lists; What's Invasive? There's an "App" for That; Glossary of Plant Terms. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 13(3):10 [Link]

Sepic, R. and E. Sellers. 2010 (Summer). NBII Acting in Cupid's Service. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 13(3):7 [Link]

Sellers, E. 2010 (Summer). National Pollinator Week Exhibit all the "Buzz". NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 13(3):6 [Link]

Sellers, E., Simpson, A. and S. Hetrick. 2010. -DRAFT -List of IAS Online Information Systems. Experts Meeting Towards Implementation of a Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN), 6-8 April 2004 List of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Online Information Systems A preliminary draft document, prepared for the Experts Meeting Towards the Implementation of a Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN). [UPDATED: 1 July, 2010] [Link]

Carlino, Jennifer, Lotts, Kelly and E. Sellers. 2010. Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA). USGS-NBII Fact Sheet. June edition [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2010 (Spring). Invasive Species Toolbox: The North American Invasive Species Network; The Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database Now Offers Interactive Species Maps; New Online Invasive Species Journal Available; Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) Creates Invasive Species of the Week Button. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 13(2):6 [Link]

Simpson, A., McNiff, M. and E. Sellers. 2010 (Spring). NBII at Weeds Across Borders 2010. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 13(2):7 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2010 (Winter). Invasive Species Toolbox: Ireland's National Invasive Species Database Added to GISIN List; IPANE Partners With Vital Signs for Invasive Plant Early Detection; Transition to RSS Feeds on the Invasive Species Information Node (ISIN) Web Site; ISIN Partner NISbase Adds New Member to Its Federated Search; Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth (IPAMS) Holds Training Sessions. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 13(1):8-9 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2009 (Fall). Invasive Species Toolbox: New Invasive Species Outreach Toolkit for Department of Defense Natural Resource Managers; Web Site Redesigned by the National Invasive Species Council (NISC); Early Detection of Invasive Species Monitoring Protocol Development for Eastern National Parks. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 12(4):6 [Link]

Sellers, E. 2009. Pollinators Thematic Network. The Pollinator Information Network of the Americas. Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN) Fact Sheet. September [Link]

Sellers, E. 2009. Resources of a Botanical Nature. USGS-NBII Fact Sheet. September Edition [Link]

Simpson, A., Jarnevich, C., Madsen, J., Westbrooks, R., Fournier, C., Mehrhoff, L., Browne, M., Graham, J., and E. Sellers. 2009. Invasive Species Information Networks: Collaboration at Multiple Scales for Prevention, Early Detection, and Rapid Response to Invasive Alien Species. Biodiversity 10(2&3):5-13 https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14888386.2009.9712839

Grosse, A., Ziller, S. and E. Sellers. 2009. The Americas: Invasive Species Information Management and Exchange: The IABIN Invasives Information Network (I3N) Pp.53-58 In: Van Devender, T. R., Espinosa-Garcia, F. J., Harper-Lore, B. L. and T. Hubbard (eds). 2009. Invasive Plants on the Move: Controlling Them in North America. Based on presentations at Weeds Across Borders 2006 Conference. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona. [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2009 (Summer). Invasive Species Toolbox: New Online Journal [italics Proceedings of Life]; Online Reporting System Created for Collecting Reports of Wavyleaf Basketgrass Sightings; Invasipedia Moved to New Location; Invasive Species Cards. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 12(3):6 [Link]

Sellers, E. 2009. NBII Pollinators Project. USGS-NBII Fact Sheet. July Edition [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2009 (Spring). Invasive Species Toolbox: Wavyleaf Basketgrass Task Force Forms in Mid-Atlantic; UNEP Expert of the Day Program Lets Public Ask Questions About the Environment, Including Invasive Species; Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG) Collaborates With Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN); Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) Web Site Incorporates Cactus Moth Detection and Monitoring Network Data.  NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 12(2):9-10 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2009 (Winter). Invasive Species Toolbox: Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Data Portal NISbase Now Queries 10 Databases; Data Provider Workshop for Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN); Organized Oral Sesson on Standards, Protocols, and Tools for Sharing Ecological Information. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 12(1):6 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2008 (Fall). Invasive Species Toolbox: FAO Database on Introductions of Aquatic Species; Pacific Basin Information Node Hosts 500+ Plant Risk Assessments; Delivery Alien Invasive Species Information for Europe (DAISIE) Expertise Database. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 11(4):10 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2008 (Summer). Invasive Species Toolbox: New Invasive Species Data Aggregator Under Development; A Very Handy Bee Manual; North American and Introduced Bee List. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 11(3):5 [Link]

Sellers, E. 2009. A Network for Pollinator Information and Expertise in the Western Hemisphere. USGS-NBII Fact Sheet. [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2008 (Fall). Invasive Species Toolbox: FAO Database on Introductions of Aquatic Species; Pacific Basin Information Node Hosts 500+ Plant Risk Assessments; Delivery Alien Invasive Species Information for Europe (DAISIE) Expertise Database. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 11(4):10 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2008 (Summer). Invasive Species Toolbox: New Invasive Species Data Aggregator Under Development; A Very Handy Bee Manual; North American and Introduced Bee List. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 11(3):5 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2008 (Spring). Invasive Species Toolbox: IPAMS Citizen Science Network Under Development; NBII Invasive Species Working Group (ISWG) Web Pages; GISIN Hosts Internet Publication for Open Review and Comment. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 11(2):9 [Link]

Ruggiero, Michael, Sellers, Elizabeth, Saraiva, Antonio, Corrêa, Pedro Luiz Pizzigatti and L. Adams. 2008 (February). A network for pollinator information and expertise in the western hemisphere. Conference: 13th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity At: Rome, Italy, Volume: Mainstreaming Biodiversity Issues into Forestry and Agriculture, Abstracts of Poster Presentations [Link]

Sellers, E. and S. Droege. 2008. Do You Know Who Pollinates Your Flowers? NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 11(1):1-2 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2008. Invasive Species Toolbox: USFWS Provides Online Invasive Species Combat Training; Princeton Project Maps Invasive Plant Distributions in the Southeast; New I3N Tools for the Prevention of Biological Invasions in the Americas. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 11(1):9 [Link]

Lotts, K., Naberhaus, T., and E. Sellers. 2007. Butterflies and Moths of North America: A Database for Research, Education, and Conservation. [POSTER] In: Proceedings of the Ecological Society of America – Society for Ecological Restoration Joint Annual Meeting, August 5-10, San Jose, CA, USA [Link]

Sellers, E. 2007. A National Framework for Early Detection, Rapid Assessment, and Rapid Response to Invasive Species. [POSTER] In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions, September 17-21, Perth, Western Australia, Australia [Link]

Sellers, E., Graham, J., Simpson, A. and M. Browne. 2007. The Global Invasive Species Information Network: developing a pilot system to share invasive species information In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions, September 17-21, Perth, Western Australia, Australia. [Link]

Sellers, E., Rothschild, D., Destro, M., and C. Duke. 2007. Collaborative development of a pollinator information web site: Educating and raising awareness of pollinators through partnerships In: Proceedings of the Ecological Society of America – Society for Ecological Restoration Joint Annual Meeting, August 5-10, San Jose, CA, USA [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2007 (Summer). Invasive Species Toolbox: Building Electronic Field Guides for Invasive Species; A Database for Successful Invasive Vertebrate Eradications on Islands. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 10(3):9 [Link]

Sellers, E. 2007 (Spring). NBII Collaborates with Ecological Society of America on New Pollinator Web Site. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 10(2):1,5 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2007. Invasive Species Toolbox: NIISS Releases Version 16.0 of GODM; NBII-GISIN to Lead Invasive Species task for the Group on Earth Observations; GISIN Needs Assessment Results; Harlequin Ladybird Beetle Tracked by the United Kingdom's National Biodiversity Network. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 10(2):9 [Link]

Sellers, E., and A. Simpson. 2007. The Global Invasive Species Information Network. [POSTER] at Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, March 20-24, Portland, OR, USA

Sellers, E., and A. Simpson. 2007. A National Framework for Early Detection, Rapid Assessment and Rapid Response to Invasive Species. National Biological Information Infrastructure. [PRESENTATION] and demonstration at National Invasive Weed Awareness Week, February 25–March 2007, Washington, D.C., USA

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2007 (Winter). Invasive Species Toolbox: NAS Creates Online Expertise Directory for Aquatic Invasive Species; Global Invasive Species Information Network Online Needs Assessment; I3N Database and Web Template Available Soon for Use in the United States; Web-based Database for Cactus and Cactus Moth Distribution; National Institute of Invasive Species Science Announces Version 12 of the GODM. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 10 (1):7 [Link]

Sellers, E. 2007. USGS — Helping Pollinator Awareness Take Flight In: Science & Stewardship, People, Land and Water, United States Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., USA

Grosse, A., Sellers, E., and A. Simpson. 2006. Invasive Species Information Management and Exchange in the Americas: I3N. National Biological Information Infrastructure. [PRESENTATION] at National Tribal Invasive Species Conference, Sparks, NV, USA

Grosse, A. and E. Sellers. 2006. Invasive species information management and exchange in the Americas: I3N. Ecology in an Era of Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Scientists in the Americas. [PRESENTATION] Proceedings of the Ecological Society of America International Conference; 2006 Jan 8-12; Merida, Mexico. Washington, DC, USA

Simpson, A., Sellers, E., Grosse, A., and Y. Xie. 2006. Essential Elements of Online Information Networks on Invasive Alien Species. Biological Invasions 8(7):1579-1587 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-005-5850-1

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2006 (Fall). Invasive Species Toolbox: ISIN Calls for TDWG Invasive Species Information Management Interest Group; New Version of Global Invasive Species Database Launched; National Institute of Invasive Species Science Announces Version 10 of the GODM; Forest Inventory and Analysis Database Now Available. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 9(4):6 [Link]

Sellers, E. 2006 (Summer). NBII Lends Support to the Birds and the Bees (and Other Pollinators). NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 9(3):1,3 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2006 (Summer). Invasive Species Toolbox: Invasive Species Early Detection Rapid Assessment and Response (EDRR) National Framework Web Site Launched; Weekly Weeder Fact Sheets Provided by U.S. Forest Service; The Quite Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Plants of the Galveston Bay Area"; Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) Invasive Species Profile Schema (IAS-PS). NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 9(3):6-7 [Link]

Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. 2006 (Feb-Mar). Progress Report on the Implementation of the Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN). Eighth meeting Curitiba, Brazil, 20-31 March 2006 Item 27.3 of the provisional agenda. UNEP/CBD/COP/8/INF/35 20 February 2006 [Link]

Ziller, Silvia R., Grosse, Andrea and E. Sellers. 2006 (May7). Invasive plants on the move - controlling them in North America. Conference: Weeds across borders 2006 conference At: Hermosillo, Sonora, MexicoVolume: Chapter 6 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2006 (Spring). Invasive Species Toolbox: Cactus Moth, Prickly Pear Data Layers Available through NBII Geospatial Portal; Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database Offers Summary Graph Feature; SAIN Invasive Weeds Data Now Downloadable from the Web. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 9(2):6-7 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2005 (Fall). Invasive Species Toolbox: First Statewide Conference in Texas on Non-native Invasive Plants; Invasive Species Information Node (ISIN) Projects Highlighted at 2005 NBII All-Nodes Meeting. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 8(4):4 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2005 (Summer). Invasive Species Toolbox: NOBANIS Invasive Species List Portal to Launch This Fall; I3N Training at 2005 Society for Conservation Biololgy (SCB) Meeting; NISbase Advancements. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 8(3):5-6 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2005 (Spring). Invasive Species Toolbox: Texas Forest Threats Project; EcoLibrary Being Built Through Discover Life Partnership; National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth Web site Features Invaders. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 8(2):5 [Link]

Simpson, A. and E. Sellers. 2005 (Winter). Invasive Species Toolbox: The Nature Conservancy's Weed Information Management System (WIMS) Now Available; News of Latest Aquatic Invaders Delivered to Your Inbox. NBII Access Newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, 8(1):6 [Link]

Sellers, E. 2004. The Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) – Supporting Warriors in the War on Weeds through the World Wide Web. In: Proceedings of the Weeds Across Borders 2004 Conference, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 2-4 June 2004. North American Weed Management Association (NAWMA), Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW) and the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (US DOT FHA).

Sellers, E. 2004. Databasing Invasions: A Review in the Context of the Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN). Information International Associates Inc., P.O. Box 4219, Oak Ridge, TN 27831-4219 [Link]

Sellers, E. 2004. Databasing Invasions: A Review in the Context of the Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) Pp. 9–14 and Appendix B pp Bi-Bxxix In: Sellers, E., Simpson, A., Fisher, J.P., S. Curd-Hetrick, editors. Experts Meeting on Implementation of a Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN), Proceedings of a Workshop. 6-8 April, 2004. Baltimore, MD, USA https://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.28335.76967

Sellers, E., Muir, R., and A. Simpson. 2004 (May 21). Summary Report on the Experts Meeting on Implementation of a Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) 6-8 April, 2004, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. USGS National Biological Information Infrastructure, Reston, VA, Information International Associates Inc., Oak Ridge, TN, NatureServe, Arlington, VA, USA [Link]

Sellers, E., Simpson, A., and S. Curd-Hetrick. 2004. DRAFT List of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Online Databases and Databases Containing IAS Information. Appendix C pp Ci-xxxiii. In: Sellers, E., Simpson, A., Fisher, J.P., S. Curd-Hetrick, editors. Experts Meeting on Implementation of a Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN), Proceedings of a Workshop. 6-8 April, 2004. Baltimore, MD, USA [LINK TO LAST UPDATED 2010 PDF EDITION] [Originally maintained as a living, interactive list online at Link *no longer functioning]

Sellers, E., Simpson, A., Fisher, J.P., Curd-Hetrick, S., Editors. August 2004. Proceedings of the Experts Meeting on Implementation of a GISIN. Proceedings of a Workshop. 6-8 April, 2004. Baltimore, Maryland, USA https://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.28335.76967