University of Rhode Island
Laura Meyerson is a Professor at the University of Rhode Island in the Department of Natural Resources Science where she studies invasive species and ecological restoration. At URI, Dr. Meyerson founded the minor in Restoration Ecology. She teaches courses in advanced ecology, ecological restoration, and invasion biology. Dr. Meyerson serves as Associate Editor-in-Chief for the journal Biological Invasions and is an Associate Editor for the journal Neobiota. Dr. Meyerson serves on the international Science Advisory Board for Stellenbosch University in South Africa and is a member of the Invasive Species Advisory Council (ISAC) for the National Invasive Species Council (NISC). She is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and twice a Fulbright Fellow (2011, 2018). Prior to coming to the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Meyerson was a staff scientist and research associate at the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment in Washington, DC where she worked on The State of the Nation's Ecosystem project, leading the development of indicators on non-native species. From 2001 through 2003, Dr. Meyerson was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Environmental Fellow. She spent her first year working with US Environmental Protection Agency and the US National Invasive Species Council on biosecurity and invasive species. During her second year, Dr. Meyerson received an appointment as a research scientist at the Smithsonian Institution where she worked with the Global Invasive Species Program (GISP) on two global assessments (one for island systems, one for freshwater systems) for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Prior to her time in Washington, DC, Dr. Meyerson was at Brown University as visiting Assistant Professor where she taught introductory ecology and continued her research on invasive species and wetland systems. Dr. Meyerson defended her dissertation in May 2000 at Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Invasive Alien Species assessment-Coordinating Lead Author