Plenary Speaker

Prof Andrew Liebhold has a long history working with invasive species through the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. He is also adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania State and West Virginia Universities and has published extensively on pest insect invasions in North American forest ecosystems. His expertise covers pathways, ecosystem function and population biology of biological invasions, and in particular insects. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and is an Associate Editor for the journals Population Biology and Canadian Entomologist.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Helen Roy has worked extensively on invasive invertebrate ecology, particularly arthropod interactions with non-native species. Dr Roy’s involvement with different European organisations for invasive species includes the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action entitled “European Information System for Alien Species” and managing updates to the DAISIE (Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe) database. Dr Roy is also involved with citizen science projects that look to engage the public with issues surrounding alien invasive species, particularly ladybirds.

Dr Alain Roques has research interests in the biology, ecology and behaviour of forest insects and the management of invasive species. Dr Roques is based at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and was editor of the “Alien Terrestrial Arthropods of Europe”, a comprehensive review of arthropod invasions in Europe. Dr Roques is currently part of the COST Actions “European Information System for Alien Species” and “Pathway Evaluation and pest Risk Management in Transport”.

Dr Carla Sgrò whose research group focuses on understanding the genetic basis of adaptation to environmental change. The group uses a range of approaches that include comparisons of populations collected from along latitudinal gradients, experimental evolution, quantitative genetics and genomics (GWAS, RNA-seq, etc). Dr Sgrò's group has three main research questions:

  1. To what extent do genetic variances for, and covariances between, key traits constrain, or facilitate, adaptation to environmental change?
  2. What role does phenotypic plasticity play in adaptation to environmental change? We are interested in both intra- and inter- generational plasticity in this context.
  3. What are the molecular processes that underpin differences in adaptive capacity and plasticity?

Prof Richard Duncan is Professor in Conservation Ecology at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra where he leads the Conservation Ecology program. He has a PhD in Forest Ecology from the University of Canterbury, did postdoctoral research in the US and, prior to joining the IAE in 2013, worked at Lincoln University for 17 years. He has broad research interests but with a focus on the ecology of invasions and extinctions. While much of his research has an applied focus he is particularly interested in how we can use applied research to answer fundamental ecological questions, and how ecological theory can inform management.

Invited Speakers

Additionally we have invited a number of prominent researchers to contribute to the workshop. Those confirmed include:

  • Dr Mark Kenis, CABI
  • Prof Jessica Hellmann, University of Notre Dame
  • Dr Anthony Wilson, Pirbright Institute
  • Prof Ann Hajek, Cornell University
  • Dr Patricia Gibert, Université Claude Bernard

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