Speakers

Prof. Marc Cadotte

Prof. Marc Cadotte was trained as a community ecologist, first as an MSc student under Jonathan Lovett-Doust at the University of Windsor in Canada, examining the effects of forest fragmentation on forest structure in Madagascar coastal rain forests, then as a PhD student with Jim Drake at the University of Tennessee combining ecological theory with experiments. He was postdoctoral research fellow at the National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California, USA, where he examined the role of evolutionary relationships among species in influencing the health and functioning of ecosystems. He currently holds the endowed TD Professor of Urban Forest Conservation and Biology chair and is the acting Vice Principal of Research at the University of Toronto-Scarborough. He is also the Executive Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology. He researches the links between biodiversity and ecosystem function, how to predict and control invasive species, and how environmental changes influences the delivery of ecosystem services. He has published more than 120 articles and has pioneered biodiversity measures that quantify species differences. Along with Jonathan Davies, Prof. Cadotte is the author of the recently published book: Phylogenies in Ecology, published by Princeton University Press. Prof. Cadotte was listed on Web of Science’s top 1% most cited scientists in environmental science.

Dr Jane Catford

Dr Jane Catford is a plant community ecologist with an interest in biological invasions, environmental change and biodiversity. She is fascinated in the causes, consequences and processes of plant invasions, and loves to link the fundamental and applied aspects of invasion science. Working in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, she uses theoretical, quantitative and empirical approaches in her work. She has established and maintains long-term field experiments in the US, UK and Australia – most of which are invasion-themed. Jane joined the Department of Geography at King’s College London in 2018. She previously held an academic position at the University of Southampton, also in the UK. From 2012-2016, she held a research fellowship with the Australian Research Council, and worked at the University of Melbourne, University of Minnesota and Australian National University. She is an Editor for the journals Conservation Letters, Journal of Ecology and Neobiota, and is a member of the British Ecological Society’s Publications Committee.

Prof. Milan Chytrý

Prof. Milan Chytrý is the Director of the Department of Botany and Zoology, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, Chair of the Editors of the journals of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS) and Secretary of the IAVS Working Group European Vegetation Survey. He is broadly interested in plant community ecology, including broad-scale patterns of species diversity, vegetation survey, large vegetation-plot databases and methods of their analysis, conservation of endangered habitats, history of plant communities since the Late Pleistocene, and plant invasions especially in the community context. Over the last 15 years, he has pioneered studies on the role of habitats and plant communities in the invasion process.

Dr. Franz Essl

Franz Essl works at the University of Vienna, where he is tenure Professor for invasion ecology. Franz is particularly interested in investigating biodiversity patterns at different spatio-temporal scales and the processes that shape biotic re-organization in an era of rapid global environmental change. Thus, his research is situated at the crossroads of global change biology (with a particular focus on invasion ecology), macroecology, biogeography and conservation biology. In the last years, Franz’s research has contributed to advance the understanding of the spatio-temporal dimensions of biological invasions, and the consequences of biological invasions on the environment, ecosystem service provision, and human livelihoods. Further, he has a strong interest into research synthesis and developing new ideas and concepts. Franz has edited several books, he is co-author of > 140 publications, Vice President of the European Neobiota Working Group, and (since 2018) a Highly Cited Scientist.

Dr. Doria Gordon

Dr. Doria Gordon is a Lead Senior Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Lead Scientist for EDF’s Ecosystems Program. Dr. Gordon is a Courtesy Professor of Biology at the University of Florida and a Research Associate at Archbold Biological Station. Prior to EDF, she spent 25 years working in science, conservation, and management for The Nature Conservancy. Her primary research focus is on predicting invasiveness in plant species using risk assessment tools. She has also collaborated on research to model the effects of sea level rise on coastal habitats and explore restoration methods and fire management on rare species and forested ecosystems. Dr. Gordon has more than 90 scientific publications and has served on the boards of the Global Invasive Species Programme and Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. She holds a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College (OH), and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Heinke Jäger

Dr. Heinke Jäger is a restoration ecologist at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galapagos, Ecuador, who leads research projects focused on the protection and recovery of threatened terrestrial ecosystems. After a degree in agriculture and a MSc in biology, she started working at the Charles Darwin Research Station in 1998. Her initial research was on the invasion of the quinine tree (Cinchona pubescens). This was later expanded to include studies on the ecology and distribution of rare and endangered plant species. Heinke obtained her PhD from the Technische Universität Berlin and a Marie Curie fellowship to carry out her postdoctoral research on the ecology of invasive plant species at Brown University, USA. Currently, Heinke’s research is targeted at studying the introduction pathways of non-native species, interactions between invasive species and resident flora and fauna, and the environmental impacts of the methods used to manage invasive species. This includes better understanding the long-term effects of climate on the establishment and spread of invasive plant and animal species.

Prof. Melodie McGeoch

Melodie McGeoch is Professor of Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. Her research spans theoretical to applied ecology, with a common theme of approaches to better quantify, understand and monitor biodiversity (melodiemcgeoch.com). This includes the development and application of spatial scaling and community assembly models, and metrics of biodiversity turnover aimed at information rich extraction of knowledge from biodiversity data. She is past Head of the Cape Research Centre of South African National Parks. Her work in invasion biology has led the measurement and reporting on trends in the state of biological invasion and its management for policy targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Sustainable Development Goals. She is Co-Chair of the Species Populations Working Group of the GEO Biodiversity Observation Network, and collaborates with the Invasive Species Specialist Group (IUCN ISC), GBIF, Map of Life and GEO BON to advance the quality, coverage and sustainability of data on biological invasions.