Invasive alien species

Information about IAS

Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are animals and plants that are introduced accidentally or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found, with serious negative consequences for their new environment. They represent a major threat to native plants and animals globally.

There is a lot of information online, and various global and regional organizations dealing with invasive species. There is in fact so much information that it can become confusing. To make it easier to quickly look up information for specific invasive alien species, I created a simple dashboard with links to factsheets and other relevant species specific information. Open it here.

Nothing fancy, a bookmark manager if you like. It is made in R, using the packages DT for the interactive table, Flexdashboard for creating the dashboard, and Crosstalk for the filters. Icons are from Font Awesome.


Invasive alien species are one of the key topics addressed by the lectorate Innovative Bio-Monitoring, a collaboration between the HAS and Naturalis. In addition, in the third term of year two, our students of Applied Geo-information Science program at the HAS University of Applied Sciences carry out a project in which they look at the effects of climate change on the advance of alien species in the Netherlands.

Paulo van Breugel
Paulo van Breugel
Lecturer & researcher

My interests range from biodiversity and ecology to spatial data analysis. I am also what one could describe as a lifelong learner; I enjoy to learn new things and widen my horizon, both professionally and personally.