Ms. Simpson is the invasive species information manager at the US National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), based at the US Geological Survey. Her research interests include invasive species information sharing, species online identification tool development, and plant/insect interactions.
Currently, Ms. Simpson is Manager of the Invasive Species Information Node of the NBII http://invasivespecies.nbii.gov, Chair of the Global Invasive Species Information Network http://www.gisinetwork.org, and also co-manages the Invasives Information Network of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (I3N) http://i3n.iabin.net. As one product of a successful five year partnership with the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Invasive Species Specialist Group, the NBII hosts a mirror of the Global Invasive Species Database at http://www.invasivespecies.net/database.
In 2006, Ms. Simpson led an US Inter-Agency working group that created a National Framework Website for Invasive Species Early Detection, Rapid Assessment, and Rapid Response http://edrr.nbii.gov.
She holds an MA in Entomology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and a recent MS in Library and Information Science from Catholic University, Washington DC.
Annie Simpson’s recent publications include:Graham, Jim, Annie Simpson, Alycia Crall, Catherine Jarnevich, Greg Newman, Thomas J Stohlgren. 2008. Vision of a Cyberinfrastructure for Nonnative, Invasive Species Management. BioScience 58(3):263-268.
Simpson, Annie, Elizabeth Sellers, Andrea Grosse, Yan Xie. 2006. Essential Elements of Online Information Networks on Invasive Alien Species. Biological Invasions 8:1579–1587.
Simpson, Annie. 2004. The Global Invasive Species Information Network: What’s in It for You? BioScience 54(7):1-2.