The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions is governed by an independent skills-based board and managed by a core team of staff based in our head office. Our innovation and engagement portfolio is led through innovation and project leaders based around the country.
Helen is a grazier who runs a 4000 ha property at Wee Jasper, NSW, in partnership with her husband, Ian. The property runs fine/superfine wool Merinos and Angora goats, and also operates as a conferencing and farm stay business.
Helen has previously owned and managed a sheepskin manufacturing and retailing business at Wee Jasper from 1979-1996. This business had good domestic and small export markets. She also taught manufacture of sheepskin techniques in North Korea, 1985.
Helen has the ability to liaise with all levels of Government and with people from all walks of life, and to coordinate and bring people together. Helen has presented at seminars on the impact of wild dogs and the outcomes from a cooperative management approach.
Murray has extensive director, senior consulting and executive experience gained over 25 years in Information Communications Technology, national security, law enforcement, renewable energy and the private equity finance sectors.
Murray will build on the entrepreneurial business and commercial focus of the Board. He is passionate about helping organisations achieve their objectives and deliver stakeholder value through the application of good governance and sound strategy. Murray currently holds Chair and Director positions on eight boards.
Peter is an executive leader and senior lawyer with an international profile developed with prominent global law firms, and seats on numerous boards and executive leadership teams.
He has a notable legal career history of significant matters and executive roles in large complex organisations, and specialisations in governance and risk management, strategic acquisition, integration management, and sustainability. In addition to his legal and executive leadership experience he holds numerous appointments including academic, industrial, business and to the board of a United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative.
Peter has a background working in RD&E management of IP and commercialisation and is also a producer in his own right in the Southern Highlands backgrounding about 100 steers a year. He also uses soil testing to improve pastures and assist in weed eradication.
David has extensive agricultural experience as well as leadership and governance experience spanning 30 years.
This includes Managing Director of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) 2006 – 2011 during the Free Trade Agreement negotiations in the United States and the development of TRILAMB, a three-country initiative designed to safeguard Australian lamb imports to the United States.
He has a focus on sound administration, good governance of industry funds and a track record of proven communication skills at all levels in the Australian red meat sector. David has held State and Federal advocacy positions, currently holding a number of senior chair and director positions on associated livestock and agricultural industry boards and authorities.
Dr Saunders AM has over 40 years’ experience in pest animal management and research.
In that time he has conducted research which has been particularly focused on improving management strategies for pest animals in line with best practice principles and with an ongoing theme of providing information appropriate for decision making on the basis of costs and benefits. He holds a PhD from Bristol University (UK) and has held many senior research and management leadership roles in both NSW DPI and the Invasive Animals CRC.
These include Director of Invasive Plants and Animals and Senior Principal Research Scientist in NSW DPI and Director of Research in the CRC. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and a past president of the Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS). He has served on many committees which have guided pest animal management activities nationally and internationally.
Jan is a leader and strategist for the 21st Century. Her deep experience in innovation, knowledge and enterprise management is fused with a passion for people, teamwork, social justice and especially for rural and remote Australia.
She has a flair for building large, effective partnerships across industry, government, academia and the community to understand and solve major challenges. Jan now works as a strategist and company director with organisations that reflect her broad range of interests.
For nine years she managed Ninti One Limited, a national not-for-profit that delivered notable results for people, industries and communities in remote Australia through research, innovation and enterprise development. Its research findings have helped raise the issues of this vast region (which generates most of our export wealth) along with those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in the national awareness, engendering a new respect and richer dialogue about progress, participation and prosperity.
Jan also worked for more than 15 years as a senior executive in the South Australian Government and was 1997 Telstra Business Woman of the Year (SA Public Sector Category). Her managerial expertise embraces fields such as the arts, Aboriginal affairs, economics, education, energy, knowledge and research management, precision pastoralism, rangelands issues and tourism. She has extensive experience in developing relevant, insightful and compelling reports.
Having lived in Beltana in northern SA, and Alice Springs, NT, she has a particular, heartfelt commitment to building a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all remote Australians.
Chief Executive, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Mr Andreas Glanznig is the CEO of the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS). CISS is the successor to the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, also led by Mr Glanznig between 2010 and 2017, Australia’s largest integrated invasive animals research and innovation collaboration.
Over its 12-year life, the IA CRC developed a suite of new pest control products including rabbit and carp biocontrol agents, new genetic surveillance techniques, new wild dog, fox and feral pig toxic baits, and strategic knowledge and planning tools to strengthen collaborative regional scale integrated pest management.
Mr Glanznig’s 30 year career has traversed executive science management, policy analysis and advocacy, and strategic communications. Former roles include leading the World Wildlife Fund’s advocacy team on invasive species legislative and policy reform, and an Australian Government policy analyst.
Mr Glanznig has also served as a Director of the Weeds Cooperative Research Centre and the Global Invasive Species Program. He has degrees in Science and Letters, and a Masters of Business Administration.
General Manager, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Carolyn Campbell-Wood is the General Manager of the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions. Her role is to oversee the day to day operations of the company and create an environment that co-ordinates and drives innovative, rigorous and strategic solutions that supports the delivery of the company’s objectives with the most efficient and effective use of the available resources.
Carolyn is a committed and dedicated professional who sustainability balances the business imperative of competitive advantage with accountability, integrity, innovation and risk management.
Carolyn has CPA, Company Secretary, governance and education credentials which are enhanced and broadened by the more than 25 years’ experience in executive management. She has worked in Professional Services, the Health sector and education but is particularly passionate about and feels privileged to be a part of the collaborative RD & E in pest management that so inspires those involved with CISS.
Portfolio Director, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Dr Price has an immense amount of experience in the RD&E sector, with a particular focus on environmental and agricultural research.
Closely aligned to the core objectives of CISS, Dr Price has managed several national agricultural and environmental R&D programs, including Grain & Graze, the National Dryland Salinity Program, National Soil Acidification Program, Integration in Catchment Management Program, Climate Variability in Agriculture Program and a host of government and community based biodiversity initiatives.
Most recently as Research Director & Deputy Director of the Australia-Indonesia Centre, he established a portfolio of energy, health, infrastructure, water and agriculture projects, overseeing over 400 researchers and HDR students across Australia and Indonesia.
Dr Price is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment & Society (Australian National University) and a winner of an Australia Museum National Banksia Award for biodiversity research.
Dr Price was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology in 2013 and has sat on Boards of Cooperative Research Centres, NGOs and Committees of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering & Innovation Council.
Research, Development & Education Manager, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Dr Tony Buckmaster comes from an agricultural background having grown up and worked on the family farm but also has extensive experience in wildlife ecology and strategic pest management as well as 12 years of teaching and research experience.
He currently manages our Centre R&D program and leads our Balanced Research Program. He is also actively involved in several on-going research projects and convenes a Masters level unit in Vertebrate Pest Management for the University of Sydney.
Bachelor of Science – University of Canberra
Honours in Applied Science – University of Canberra
PhD in Ecology – University of Sydney
Communications Manager, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Dr Ian McDonald is a science communication professional who has a strong background in research, education and community engagement.
In his role as Communications Manager he leads the implementation of the centre’s communications strategy to promote a diverse array of research projects. He has also coordinated the roll-out of major national pest animal campaigns and programs.
Ian has previously worked for national organisations such as the CSIRO, ANU, Alzheimer’s Australia and the Invasive Animals CRC.
Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours in Wildlife Management, UQ
PhD in Animal Reproduction and Animal Immunology, UQ
National Wild Dog Management Coordinator, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Greg Mifsud is the National Wild Dog Management Coordinator funded through the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions through a co-investment model that includes WoolProducers Australia, Australian Wool Innovation Ltd, Meat and Livestock Australia, Animal Health Australia, Sheep Producers Australia and the Cattle Council of Australia.
Office Manager, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Julie McGuiness is the CISS Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO. She has a background in administrative, organisational and research support roles in environmental conservation, medical research and biosecurity RD&E management organisations.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science, UC
Graduate Diploma in Biochemistry, ANU
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, CSU
Graduate Certificate in Ornithology, CSU
Certificate in Governance Practice, Governance Institute of Australia
Brad’s current role with the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA involves leading a team of policy and research staff who work with state and federal government agencies, Natural Resource Management boards and industry groups to provide technical and policy advice on the economic and environmental impacts and management of pest animals, including wild dogs, rabbits and deer.
Prior to this, Brad worked for the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources for 5 years, implementing its strategic science agenda and providing technical leadership for South Australia’s marine parks monitoring program and other state-wide programs. Brad initially undertook research in the field of marine biology for 15 years, specialising in the ecological effects of commercial fisheries and their interactions with protected species.
During this phase, Brad completed his PhD at LaTrobe University and worked with SA Research and Development Institute – Aquatic Sciences for 10 years.
Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Tony is an ecologist with a strong interest in the effects of predation on the dynamics of wildlife populations. Predation may be commercial and recreational harvesting, culling or baiting programs, or exotic predators killing endangered prey species.
Other interests include aerial survey, deer management and mouse population dynamics.
Tony is Innovation Leader for the Integrated Landscapes Program. He was Leader of the Land Pests Program of the Invasive Animals CRC and manages Invasive Plants and Animals Research in Biosecurity Queensland.
Tony has a PhD in population ecology from the University of Queensland.
A molecular virologist by training, Tanja’s research over the past 15 years has focused on mitigating the impacts of invasive vertebrate pest species in Australia, using both lethal and non-lethal, GM and non-GM methods, targeting a series of species from Red foxes to mice, cane toads and in particular rabbits. Her earlier work with CSIRO investigated the development of virally vectored immunocontraception vaccines for foxes and mice, for which she was awarded the Pest Animal Control CRC Chairman’s medal for scientific excellence in 2004 and 2008.
During the past ten years Tanja has driven a combination of applied and basic fundamental research projects focussing on improving our understanding of the diseases used for classical biological control of rabbits. She has built an international track record in the area of rabbit calicivirus biology, ecology, epidemiology, evolution and virulence, which is evidenced in a series of high quality publications and invitations to present at national and international conferences.
Tanja has a PhD in molecular virology from Philipps Universitaet Marburg, Germany
Dr Forsyth has over 20 years experience in wildlife management and research. Since gaining his PhD in New Zealand in 1997 Dave has conducted a variety of long-term projects in Australia and New Zealand, focusing on understanding how to manage the impacts of overabundant large herbivores. Prior to joining the NSW Department of Primary Industries in 2016, Dave led the Wildlife Management Program at the Victorian Government’s Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research. There he supervised projects investigating the distributions, abundances and impacts of deer. Dave has been contracted to provide research and technical advice on vertebrate pests to a variety of state, national and international agencies.
Principal Scientist (Program Leader) – Wildlife Management
Arthur Rylah Institute
Dave Ramsey is a quantitative ecologist conducting research primarily related to the population dynamics and management of vertebrate pest species. After completing his PhD in 1996 he worked for 11 years in New Zealand at Landcare Research working primarily on the population dynamics and epidemiology of bovine tuberculosis in brushtail possums. During this time he was also a member of the technical advisory group for the New Zealand Animal Health Board from 2005 to 2006 advising on strategies for the eradication of bovine Tb from wildlife. Since 2007 he has been working at the Arthur Rylah Institute in Victoria where I work on a range of wildlife management issues. He has worked with both The Nature Conservancy (USA) and Island Conservation (USA) developing structured frameworks for quantifying pest eradication success on offshore islands.
Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (left in September 2019)
An ecologist and author of a number of published journal articles, reports and book chapters, David holds the position of Research Officer with the Natural Resources Management Biosecurity Unit of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA). David primarily undertakes research on rabbits focussing on improving their control by the RHDV and myxomatosis biocontrols through an ongoing 21 year project at Turretfield in SA. He has also surveyed invading cane toads in SW Qld, mapped rabbit warrens for destruction, undertaken landscape fox control, planned and assisted in the reintroduction of the western quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii) to SA, surveyed landholders about feral deer and helped address numerous other pest animal issues.
David has fulfilled a diverse range of roles throughout his career including Technical Officer, National Park Ranger and Research Fellow. He completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wildlife and Park Management), followed by a Diploma in Natural Resources in 1990, and a PhD in 2003 focusing on “The search for a novel toxicant in Gastrolobium (Fabaceae: Mirbelieau) seed historically associated with toxic native fauna”. An outcome from this PhD research is a current collaborative project to develop a toxic ‘population protecting implant’ to remove predating feral cats and stop them wiping out reintroduced or vulnerable native fauna populations.
Dianne is a wildlife geneticist, with 18yrs of research experience in the application of DNA technologies for biodiversity conservation outcomes in both New Zealand and Australia.
Her career focus has been facilitating the translation of fundamental research into outcomes for end-users. Previously at Landcare Research NZ, she developed a successful business unit, EcoGene, resulting in a national award for Women in Science Entrepreneurship.
Currently she leads a team at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, which is focused on the development of eDNA technologies for individual species detection and whole community analysis in freshwater systems.
Professor, School of Psychology and Behavioural Science
University of New England (left in December 2019)
Professor Hine specialises in environmental psychology, research methods, and statistics. His research focuses on understanding the factors that underlie environmental problems such as resource over-consumption, climate change, air pollution, and invasive species. His research group designs and evaluates behaviour change strategies to help solve these problems.
Post-doctoral research fellow in Molecular Ecology
University of Canberra
Elise is a post-doctoral research fellow with over 15 years’ experience in molecular genetics. She strives to develop high quality, rigorous scientific methods and apply them to wildlife management problems. Elise was one of the first researchers in Australia to develop techniques to analyse environmental DNA (eDNA) and was instrumental in the creation of eDNA facilities at the University of Canberra to enable high-sensitivity detection of trace DNA. She has applied a single-species approach to infer the presence or absence of native and invasive species (including detection of invasion fronts and confirming eradication success), and is currently working on using eDNA to infer the abundance of fish species in waterways. Elise has also employed metabarcoding to detect the presence of multiple species simultaneously and has applied this to determine the diet composition of various species and to detect biodiversity at a site.
Elise completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and PhD in Genetics at the University of Melbourne.
Lynette is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New England. Her primary research field is environmental psychology, concentrating on the application of human behaviour change approaches to improve current extension and adoption practices. Current research projects have covered a variety of environmental and agricultural issues, including domestic cats, wild dogs, widespread weeds and chemical spray application. Lynette has over twenty five years of experience working in invasive mammal management with NSW DPI, Local Land Services and community groups. In 2017 she completed a PhD on human behaviour change and domestic cat containment.
Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Malcolm has worked in the field of ecology for over twenty years. He undertook a Bachelor of Science (Hons) at Macquarie University and PhD in Natural and Rural Systems Management at the University of Queensland. He has been employed in a range of roles in universities and private and government conservation organisations, and worked across invasion ecology, predation and fire ecology. He is now employed as a Research Officer with Biosecurity Queensland. His current research includes a strong focus on wild dog management but also includes work on large feral herbivores, feral pigs and new incursions.
Malcolm is the Project Leader for the Queensland Cluster Fencing project.
Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Dr Matt Gentle (BAppSci, PhD) is a Senior Zoologist at the Pest Animal Research Centre, Biosecurity Qld, in Toowoomba, Queensland. Matt started his career at NSW DPI and subsequently completed his PhD on fox baiting practices on the central tablelands of New South Wales. Since 2004 his work has focused on investigating the ecology, impacts and management of pests including feral pigs, foxes, wild dogs and feral cats in Queensland.
National Coordinator, National Environment and Community Biosecurity RDE Strategy
Matt has been actively involved in natural resource management for the past 18 years. He has expertise in coastal and estuarine management and biosecurity and threatened species policy and management Australia-wide.
Matt has worked within the public and private sectors, as well as for NGOs and research institutes. Over the past 10 year he has held national coordination roles where he has worked extensively with local, state and national governments, community groups and industry. He has established extensive networks in NRM across Australia.
Matt is passionate about improving how natural resource management issues are communicated. He works tirelessly to ensure consultation process are meaningful, so that participants feel empowered, take ownership of the issue and are motivated to work collectively towards a common outcome. Matt enjoys being the conduit between policy makers, researchers and land managers, ensuring that the needs and expertise of each party is communicated and used to make strategic decisions which will lead to the best possible outcomes.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from LaTrobe University and a PhD from the University of Tasmania.
National Incursions Prevention and Response Facilitator
WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (left in January 2020)
Michelle is an accomplished scientist, manager, consultant, and in conservation ecology. She has worked nationally and internationally with governments, industry and community to provide implementable solutions to ecological problems from endangered species recovery to incursion prevention.
Her recent published research includes, determining pathways of incursion, probability of detection, and establishing what motivates animals to move.
She developed and implemented a national incursion management program, the foundation of which is effectiveness, simplicity and collaboration.
Michelle has a PhD (University of Sydney), and BAppSC, Hons with Distinction (Curtin University).
Dr Pat Taggart is a Research Officer (rabbits) with the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit (Biosecurity and Food Safety) of the NSW Department of Primary Industries. His primary role is to investigate interactions between RHDV2 and other RHDVs and its potential as an additional rabbit biocontrol agent.
Since 2011, Pat has worked within the field of environmental consulting and sub-contracting conducting targeted and general fauna surveys for various government and non-government organisations, both within Australian and internationally.
More recently Pat completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide which investigated factors influencing the presence of cat-borne diseases in wildlife, livestock and people. Over the years, Pat has developed extensive experience in trapping, catching, handling and sampling a wide range of native and exotic wildlife.
PhD Wildlife and Disease Ecology – University of Adelaide (2019)
(Hons) (Enhanced Hanced Program for High Achievers) (Biodiversity and Conservation) – Flinders University (2015)
Project Leader Wild Dog Alert & E-Hub Intelli traps
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Paul completed his under-graduate Degree at Roseworthy in SA, a Master’s Degree on the biology and ecology of foxes, free-roaming dogs and cats in Jervis Bay at University Canberra and completed his PhD at the University of New England on camera trapping. He was awarded the Chancellors Post-Doctoral Research Award for his PhD research. Paul has been working in the ecology field for over 30 years in positions throughout Australia and has been fortunate to work overseas, including 3 years on Christmas Island. He is currently working for NSW Dept Primary Industries in the Invasive Plant and Animal Unit; he is a research collaborator of the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit and CISS, and an Adjunct Lecturer with the University of New England. Primary work roles are developing policy framework for pest management that integrate new research findings into control and monitoring. He also contributes to research that benefits pest management and impact monitoring, conducting training and working with all pest agencies throughout Australia to develop best practice. Paul is Project Leader for the Wild Dog Alert and e-Hub Intelli Trap Projects.
Areas of expertise include, camera trapping, predator trapping, small mammal trapping, radio tracking, fox, wild dog and feral cat ecology, Hastings River Mouse and Christmas Island shrew ecology.
Paul was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2011 investigating the use of camera traps in wildlife research and monitoring.
Peter Caley has a background in applying quantitative methods for addressing contemporary problems in the environmental sciences. This has included the development and application of statistical methods to generate quantitative inference where previously, qualitative assessments dominated. His current research areas include applying Bayesian Hierarchical methods for inferring population trends in mobile species, developing methods for monitoring small populations, and using citizen science for species surveillance.
Peter has key statistical skills needed for making inference from ecological monitoring data.
Senior Research Officer and Invasive Species Officer (Engagement)
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Peter is a Senior Research Officer and Invasive Species Officer (Engagement) within the NSW Department of Primary Industries, in Orange. He has 20 years’ experience in invasive species research and wildlife management. He is a national facilitator and project leader for the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, working to empower communities, develop community surveillance technology, support networks, build community capacity and design citizen science programs to involve community in invasive species management. He recently received a prestigious national Banksia Award for innovation in citizen science.
Phill is a leading global change biologist. He has published extensively (>200 papers) on the conservation, transport and trade in animal species. Phill leads a research intensive laboratory at the University of Adelaide.
He teaches extensively in ecological research and research methods, and is the coordinator for the University of Adelaide’s Bachelor of Science Advanced program. Phill has been awarded a large number of competitive international research project and training grants (totalling more than AU$6M).
Phill is an experienced scientific communicator and regularly engages with stakeholders, media, and scientific forums.
Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (left in December 2017)
Simon is an experienced senior manager who has focussed on applying and commercialising research and development (R&D) outputs for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, animal health, agricultural chemical and veterinary medicines industries. Simon was a Program Leader at the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre where he effectively engaged government agencies, industry, and other stakeholders to successfully manage a portfolio of projects aimed at reducing the impact pest species have on animal health and biosecurity.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (hons), a PhD in Medicine, and was awarded a prestigious Professional Fulbright Scholarship in 2017.
Tarnya has participated in research projects on a variety of species including flying foxes and rodents in northern Queensland, mice in South Australia, grey squirrels in the UK and rodents in Cambodia. Tarnya’s previous research has included identifying prey species of owl through bone fragments, the role of flying foxes in the transmission of Leptospirosis, and the use of predator scents to deter vertebrate pests from palatable feed. Current research includes assessing the impact of biological control tools on rabbits and the use of emerging technologies to improve pest animal detection.
Tarnya has a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Vertebrate Pest Management from the University of QLD.
WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Tracey is a wildlife ecologist who has being researching for over a decade. Coming from an academic and government background Tracey is a versatile researcher who has worked with a range of native and invasive species in conservation and agricultural environments.
Tracey completed her honours and PhD on endangered mammals and tree declines at Murdoch University, Perth. Tracey has also worked on a range of wildlife species whilst a fauna conservation officer with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for many years. More recently, Tracey was a post-doctoral researcher at Murdoch University investigating wild canids and their impact on agriculture. This research looked at land holder canid control practices, bait efficacy, guardian animals and learned aversion behaviours around wild dogs, feral cats and foxes.
Currently, Tracey is a research scientist with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development focusing on wild dog management in farming and pastoral areas. Her research investigates a range of management tools from fencing, canid pest ejectors, non-lethal deterrents to using whole system approaches. Whilst in the Department Tracey has also been involved in feral pig management, thermal imagery and industry engagement.
In 2020 Tracey will travel to South Africa as a Winston Churchill Fellow to investigate predator management in agricultural and farming contexts.
Dr Ruscoe works as an ecologist for CSIRO at Black Mountain, Canberra.
Her research is focused on the understanding the ecology and impacts of pest animals in both agricultural and conservation settings.
Her primary expertise is in wildlife ecology, quantitative analysis of ecological data, and modelling population dynamics and species interactions (plant-herbivore, predator-prey).
She has worked for 15 years at Landcare Research in New Zealand studying trophic level interactions among pest species, principally competition between exotic rodents and possums, and predation effects of higher order pests (ferrets, stoats, cats) on meso predators (rodents). This involved large scale manipulation experiments in indigenous forests and fragmented agricultural grasslands. Other projects revolve around measuring the benefit of management agency pest control measures for native biota and translating this into monitoring and management plans for agencies involved in biodiversity protection and reporting.
She has a PhD in ecology and population genetics of cane-field rats in sugarcane crops.
I am an early-stage Higher Degree Research student who has studied and worked in South Australia since 2013. My undergraduate Honours project (completed in 2017 under the supervision of Associate Professor Phillip Cassey) used hierarchical modelling to predict the distribution of an endangered Cunningham’s skink (Egernia cunninghami) population under future climate change. Since then I have collaborated with citizen scientists to improve conservation outcomes for this species and attended multiple conferences in order to emphasise the importance of occupancy-detection monitoring.
As part of CISS, I am currently undertaking a project entitled: ‘Understanding and intervening in illegal trade in non-native species’, which investigates Australia’s role in the spread of potentially invasive species via the illegal wildlife trade. By developing open-source data mining techniques, I aim to analyse online e-commerce platforms to identify broad temporal and spatial trends in the quantity and species diversity of exotic species traded within Australia as well as native species traded internationally. My long-term research objective is to reduce both the opportunity and incentives that have allowed the online illegal wildlife trade to thrive.
Born and raised in Canberra, Jack completed a Bachelor of Psychology and an Honours in Applied Science at the University of Canberra. Throughout his Honour’s year, Jack developed molecular techniques capable of detecting the highly endangered corroboree frog from water samples, which he then used to infer reintroduction success of captive bred populations released into the wild.
Jack has been working as a research assistant as part of the EcoDNA group at the Institute for Applied Ecology. He conducts fieldwork across Australia collecting eDNA samples for various projects such as the National Carp Control Plan, monitoring of macro-invertebrates along the Murray River, and eDNA detection of the Macquarie Perch throughout Abercrombie NP. He also conducts lab work using single-species molecular approaches to inform the presence or absence of native and invasive species, and metabarcoding techniques to assess diet composition of sea birds.
Jack is now completing a PhD at the University of Canberra through the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, under the supervision of Dr Dianne Gleeson and Dr Elise Furlan implementing, eDNA and metabarcoding techniques across a diverse range of taxa and ecosystems. His PhD is funded through our Centre.
I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. I graduated from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM), Lima with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with specialization in Microbiology and Parasitology, followed by a Master degree in Microbiology. After graduation, I spent nine years working as research assistant at NAMRU-6, Peru, where I obtained a strong research background in laboratory assays, emerging disease surveillance and epidemiology.
I enrolled at LaTrobe University Microbiology PhD program in March 2018, working under the guidance of Karla Helbig, PhD and Teresa Carvalho, PhD. Also, my PhD project is part of the Arthur Rylah Institute (Carlo Paccioni, PhD) and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS).
My research project focusses in to know the role of wild deer in the transmission of pathogens to livestock in Australia. I will use a range of molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics tools to detect and classify the blood microbiome in wild deer and livestock, moreover study the possible epidemiological implications.
Katherine completed her Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Adelaide, and continued on to complete her Honours. For her honours, she studied using emerging forensic techniques to determine the origins of a highly invasive exotic species, the red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans). This involved using stable isotopes to identify if a slider incursion was a recently released captive animal, or is from an established wild population.
Katherine is now an early-stage PhD candidate in the Invasion Science and Wildlife Ecology group at the University of Adelaide, supervised by Associate Professor Phill Cassey. Her work involves investigating the pet trade of native and exotic birds, and continuing to develop the use of stable isotopes as a forensic tool for determining wild or captive origins.
Moses is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at Murdoch University under the tutelage of Prof. Trish Fleming, Dr Halina Kobryn, Dr Malcolm Kennedy and Dr Tracey Kreplins. As part of CISS, his research project is on “Wild dog management and trophic interactions in landscape-scale cell fencing”.
He intends to quantify relationships underpinning wild dog densities and, the native and introduced herbivores within the Murchison Regional Vermin Cell (MRVC) on Western Australian Southern Rangelands, and hopes to develop empirical data to support the relationships between varying wild dog control efforts and total grazing pressure.
Moses has a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology, and a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class Hons) in Animal and Environmental Biology, both at the University of Benin, Nigeria.
Moses emerged as the Best Graduating Student during his first degree. Consequently, after his National Youth Service (NYSC) year, he was awarded an appointment as a Graduate Assistant in 2015 at the University of Benin, then upgraded to the position of Assistant Lecturer in 2017 after his Master’s Degree.