Interact with NAISMA members and gain insights into their work — all from the comfort of your laptop!

NAISMA Virtual Networking 

All First Fridays are open to only to members. 

We invite NAISMA members to join us for a virtual networking hour! This is part of a monthly series only open to members. Grab a coffee and meet like-minded professionals from across North America.

The networking session will allow you to e-meet other members and exchange information. As a way to facilitate conversation, we’ll focus on a central topic and invite a guest speaker to field questions. 

Join NAISMA today or sign in to access Virtual Networking opportunities in the Members’ Area.

Mark your calendars for the 1st Friday of every month:
11am Eastern  |  10am Central  |  9am Mountain  |  8am Pacific


2020 Schedule of Topics

December’s Topic: Career Paths

Guests from federal, state, and local science and invasive species management positions share how they found themselves in their current roles. We’ll also swap stories on how you got into this field and advice on how to get where you want to be.

You can submit questions ahead of time here.

We can’t wait to catch up with you!

December Guests

Dr. Jeanette Davis is a Marine Microbiologist and a best-selling children’s science book author (Science is Everywhere, Science is for Everyone). Davis earned a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science from Hampton University and a Ph.D. in Marine Microbiology from the University of Maryland. During her Ph.D. she studied bacteria association with tropical sea slugs that harbor medicinal compounds. Davis is recently cited in Science where she ultimately helped discover a bacterium associated with a Hawaiian sea slug that produces an anticancer compound. 
Davis started her professional career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has worked on a variety of topics including, sea turtle conservation and invasive species management. Currently Davis serves as a Policy Advisor where she helps implement ‘omics tools across mission mandates and provides support on programs and policies to help manage ocean resources. Outside of her professional career, Davis is a strong advocate of community and founded Science is Everywhere, LLC to provide safe spaces for people of color to explore science.  Davis mentors students, lectures at colleges, and conducts workshops and trainings to promote science literacy and diversity. She recently published the #1 Hot New Releases Children’s Book in School Issues on Amazon entitled Science is Everywhere, Science is for Everyone to help young readers explore science and embrace diversity. 
Davis attributes much of her success as a scientist to a strong foundation that she received in the Marine Science Department at Hampton University where she lectures and holds membership on graduate advisory committees through the Department and hopes that sharing her journey will encourage the next generation of scientists.  
Kayla Malone received her Masters’ of Science in Ecology and Natural Resources in 2015 from Saint Cloud State University, in Minnesota, and has 11 years’ experience working in the field of invasive species management. She is active on a wide range of local, state, and regional platforms and is a passionate advocate for the implementation of integrated pest management strategies. Her experience includes coordination and planning of local, regional, and state-level events; as well as the development, implementation, assessment and supervision of all aspects of regional invasive species management programs. Kayla is currently the president-elect for Colorado Weed Management Association, a board member for NAISMA and is the Noxious Weed Program Supervisor for Chaffee and Lake Counties in Colorado.
Allison Zach is the Coordinator of the Nebraska Invasive Species Program. She has been in this position for 8 years and enjoys conducting outreach to educate the public how to prevent the spread of invasive species. She coordinates the Nebraska Invasive Species Program which is comprised of resource agency representatives, researchers, managers and public interest members. Learn more about the program here.