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Mhairi Alexander

Mhairi Alexander is a Lecturer in Animal Behaviour at the University of the West of Scotland, UK. Her research interests have been focused on methodologies that aim to predict invasive species impact across a range of taxa with an emphasis on aquatic systems. She is also interested in how predatory behaviours of native predators change towards invasive prey. Mhairi continues to have strong links with researchers at the C·I·B and also the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.

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Tim Blackburn

Tim Blackburn is Chair of Invasion Biology at Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research in Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment, University College London. He obtained a D.Phil. In Zoology from the University of Oxford in 1990, and was then a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London. His work addresses large-scale patterns and processes in ecology, and currently is largely focused on questions relating to biological invasions. He has co-authored 3 books and more than 200 scientific articles, is on the editorial board of Neobiota, and is a member of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group.

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Ryan Blanchard

Ryan Blanchard is an ecologist and senior researcher in the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services research group within the CSIR’s Natural Resources and the Environment unit. He completed his PhD which focused on understanding the potential biodiversity impacts of biofuel production under the supervision of Professor David Richardson at the Centre for Invasion Biology. His current work focuses on understanding the impacts of drivers such as land use change and invasive alien plants on the structure and function of ecosystems and the services they provide. He is also interested in spatial modelling and how this information can be used to support the management and control of invasive alien plants.

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Jane Carruthers

Jane Carruthers has taught in the Department of History at the University of South Africa since 1980 and is currently a Research Professor. Jane’s research interests are wide and generally straddle C.P. Snow’s famous ‘two cultures’ — science and the humanities. She is engaged in research around the history of biology and national parks, colonial art, and heritage and cartography in southern Africa and Australia.

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Franz Essl

Franz Essl is plant ecologist working as senior researcher at the Austrian Environment Agency and the University of Vienna, Austria. His work addresses the causes of patterns of species and habitats diversity and the resulting consequences for nature conservation and human society. Currently, his work focuses on the impact of socio-economic activity on levels and trends of invasions, and on the interaction of invasions with other aspects of global change. He has co-authored four books and more than 45 scientific articles, he is member of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group, and is on the editorial boards of Diversity and Distributions and Neobiota.

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Sjirk Geerts

Sjirk Geerts is a senior lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has a broad interest in ecology, plant demography, pollination and invasive plant species. His PhD focused on how pollination structures plant and bird communities and how these mutualisms disassemble under a range of anthropogenic pressures. His current research interest covers a wide range of topics in plant invasions and pollination ecology, with a focus on reproduction and pollination of emerging invasive alien plants.

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Jan Giliomee

Prof Jan Giliomee is a research associate at the C·I·B. He retired as professor of Entomology at the University of Stellenbosch in 2001 and in 2003 joined the Department of Botany and Zoology at the US as research associate. He has published widely on the ecology and management of insects of economic importance to agriculture and has a special interest in scale insects. Recently he has focussed on the establishment of newly introduced alien insects and, as a board member of the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve, on biodiversity conservation and research in this Reserve.

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Patricia Holmes

Pat Holmes is a plant ecologist employed as biophysical specialist at the City of Cape Town Municipality. Her work includes biodiversity and spatial planning, environmental assessment and project management. She also advises on biodiversity management across the city, particularly on City-run nature reserves. Her primary research interests are invasive alien plant ecology and management and restoration ecology.

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Ulrike Irlich

Ulrike Irlich is a professional officer at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa. Currently she project manages the LAB: Wetlands South Africa project, which aims at ensuring better wetland management in 1 District municipalities in South Africa. She also project manages the subnational LBSAP project, aiming at guiding subnational governments in writing BSAPs for their areas.

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Michelle Jackson

Michelle Jackson is a Research Associate at Imperial College London. She completed a PhD on invasive crayfish at Queen Mary University of London in 2012, and was then a C·I·B postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pretoria for 3 years. She is interested in the ecological impacts of invasions in freshwaters and, in particular, how invasions interact with other environmental stressors such as land use change and global warming. Her current project is focused on genes-to-ecosystem responses of freshwaters to climate change in the Arctic.

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Charlene Janion-Scheepers

Charlene's research interests include Collembola systematics and ecology, and the use of DNA barcoding as a tool to aid in the identification of species. She is also interested in developing the use of Collembola and other soil fauna as indicators of soil health.

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Martine Jordaan

Martine Jordaan is an aquatic ecologist within the Scientific Services section of CapeNature. She has a background in environmental toxicology and conservation science. Freshwater fish are her current field of interest and she plays an active role in formulating conservation plans, policies and guiding documents aimed at various aspects of freshwater fish conservation within the context of integrated catchment management and freshwater ecosystem conservation. She also has a keen interest in understanding the impacts of invasive freshwater fish on the native aquatic biota of the region and how to mitigate the impacts of these invasions. She is an Honorary Research Associate of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity where she works collaboratively on a number of freshwater fish related projects.

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Jesse Kalwij

Jesse M. Kalwij is a Researcher at the Department of Vegetation Ecology at the Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and an external Research Associate at the Department of Zoology, University of Johannesburg. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the C·I·B (2005-2007), studying the distribution of exotic plants along roads. His research interests include plant ecology and landscape ecology, with a special focus on spatial and temporal trends in species distribution. He currently works on long-term woodland dynamics in central Europe (http://longwood.cz/).

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Christoph Kueffer

Christoph Kueffer is a senior scientist at the Department of Environmental Systems Science of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests include plant functional ecology, novel ecosystems, and trans-disciplinary research on the emerging ecological novelty of the Anthropocene in collaboration with practitioners, social scientists and the humanities and with a focus on mountains and oceanic islands. Currently, he is particularly interested in developing multi-site comparative studies and model system research approaches in invasion science; among others as the coordinator of the Mountain Invasion Research Network (www.miren.ethz.ch). Christoph is an editor-in-chief of Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics and member of the editorial board of Diversity and Distributions.

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David Le Maitre

Dr David Le Maitre is an applied plant ecologist and hydrologist who is a member of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services research group, Natural Resources and the Environment, CSIR. He has a special interest in the impacts of invasive plant species on ecosystem structure and processes and how this affects the generation of ecosystem services, particular hydrological services. His current research focuses on the impacts of land cover change, including invasions, on water fluxes and water quality and ways of using this information to prioritise management interventions and increase the efficacy and sustainability of investments in invasive plant control. He is also interested in the interactions between global change and fire-regimes and their potential impact on invasions.

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Melodie McGeoch

Melodie McGeoch is Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, Australia. She is a spatial ecologist and biodiversity scientist. Her research interests include climate change and invasive alien species impacts on biodiversity, the quantification and prediction of spatial pattern in biodiversity and the development of bioindicators (see www.sun.ac.za/cib/iasi).

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Dave Pepler

Dave Pepler promotes the biodiversity and invasion biology work of the Centre for Invasion Biology through media liaison, such as radio interviews and television programmes. Dave’s primary affiliation is with the Centre for Invasion Biology. Connect with Dave on Facebook.

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Petr Pyšek

Petr Pyšek is Head of the Department of Invasion Ecology at the Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (where he has worked since 1996, and served as Deputy Director between 2004–2011). His research interests cover a wide range of topics in biological invasions, with focus on macroecological large-scale patterns and processes, determinants of species invasiveness and habitat invasibility, biogeographical approaches to invasions, impact of invasive species, and case studies of major invaders.

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Anthony Ricciardi

Anthony (Tony) Ricciardi is a Professor in the Redpath Museum at McGill University, and a McGill Trottier Fellow in Science and Public Policy. Tony’s research aims to predict the impacts of invasions, especially those involving invertebrates and fishes in freshwater ecosystems. He is currently developing general hypotheses to explain spatio-temporal variation in impact. He is on the editorial boards of the journal Biological Invasions and the journal Diversity and Distributions, and also serves on the scientific committee of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network — a research group that assesses the risks and mechanisms of invasion in Canada's lakes, rivers and coastal waters.

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Nicola van Wilgen

Nicola van Wilgen has a broad interest in biology, ecology, conservation and sustainability. Her current research focus is quantifying global change in national parks with a specific focus on alien species, climate change, the extent and potential implications of resource harvesting in parks and rates of land conversion within and surrounding protected areas.

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Darragh Woodford

Darragh Woodford is a Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His primary research focus is understanding the local and landscape drivers that mediate the successful establishment and spread of introduced freshwater fishes. He also seeks to understand how these alien species interact with native freshwater biota, and how changes in aquatic habitat integrity can affect these biotic interactions. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity and conducts collaborative research on freshwater ecosystems across South Africa.

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