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Irina Irvine, Ph.D.

National Park Service, Pacific West Region
Ocean and Coastal Resources Program Manager
333 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 623-2202


Irina Irvine received a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from University of California Irvine in 2011 and a B.S. in environmental biology and biotechnology from California State University Northridge in 2005. She has worked for the Department of the Interior for 11 years, all of which have been with the National Park Service (NPS). Irina works in the NPS’s Pacific West Regional Office which covers parks in the states of CA, NV, OR, WA, ID, and HI and also serves parks in American Samoa, Guam, and Saipan. She provides advice to parks in matters of natural resources management and science in the region, particularly coastal and ocean parks. Irina has been actively involved in managing invasive species before and throughout her NPS career. She was the Restoration Ecologist at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for nearly six years, managing the park’s restoration program, designing and executing habitat restoration projects, and coordinating invasive species work in a complex matrix landownership and stakeholders. She is currently serving on a technical advisory committee for the California Invasive Plant Council’s Best Practices Manual for developing invasive plant management plans, and on the NPS Exotic Plant Management Team Advisory Group.

Personal Statement

“The National Park Service’s mission is to preserve and protect their resources unimpaired for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations. If we are not successful in addressing the severe threat posed by invasive species before they irreversibly transform the natural and cultural resources entrusted to our care, we will not succeed in our mission. We cannot accomplish this working alone. Invasive species do not recognize land ownership boundaries so we must join with adjacent landowners, State, Federal, and local agencies; and other partners to manage invasive species. The California Invasive Species Advisory Committee provides a great opportunity for a wide spectrum of interests to work together to combat this mutual threat.”

Conflict of Interest Statement

I have no personal financial interest in any actions that CISAC is likely to consider. My role with this organization will be to help ensure that federal government programs for invasive species are integrated with work by the state of California and others.


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