Invasive Species Plenary Presentations

Monday, April 16

Tracking an alien: the spread and effects of Harmonia axyridis in the UK
Peter Brown1 and Helen Roy2, 1Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, United Kingdom

Biography: Dr Peter Brown is an ecologist and senior lecturer in zoology at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (UK) where he has worked since 2010, following the completion of his PhD. He formerly worked in the Biological Records Centre at NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK. His research focuses on three main areas: ladybirds (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), non-native species and citizen science. The three themes come together when studying the spread and effects of the harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis, an invasive non-native species in Europe. Peter has been studying ladybirds since 2005 and jointly leads the UK Ladybird Survey (www.ladybird-survey.org) with Professor Helen Roy (NERC CEH). This is a long-running project that has generated over 200,000 records of 47 UK ladybird species, contributed by members of the public. Much has been learnt about ladybird ecology from this dataset, which has generated many peer-reviewed papers, long-term trends used in conservation, and in 2011 led to the publishing of a ladybird species atlas for Britain and Ireland.

Emerald ash borer: biology, impacts, and development of a biological control program
Krista Ryall, Canadian Forest Service, Marie, ON, Canada

Biography: Dr. Ryall has worked for 13 years as a research scientist with the CFS. She started her research career in the Canadian Forest Service at the Corner Brook, Newfoundland lab. Dr. Ryall transferred to the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in 2007. Most of her research focuses on sampling and ecology of bark and wood boring beetles. Dr. Ryall has a Post-doc in landscape ecology from Carleton University and obtained a PhD in Forestry from University of Toronto, studying the effects of an ice storm on predator-prey dynamics in red pine plantations across eastern Ontario. Previously she obtained an MSc in zoology from the University of Toronto, studying biology of introduced pine shoot beetle, and a BScH in biology from Queen's University.

Most recently, Dr. Ryall assumed the lead on the emerald ash borer biological control project, overseeing the introduction, release and evaluation of parasitoids against the devastating emerald ash borer.

Chemical ecology-based approaches to detecting and suppressing unwanted arthropods area wide
David Maxwell Suckling, The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited and University of Auckland, Christchurch, New Zealand

Biography: Prof Max Suckling FRSNZ is Science Group Leader, Biosecurity for the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research and on staff at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland. His research laboratory is at Lincoln, near Christchurch in the South Island. He joined the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland on contract in 2014, supervising students. He has been a member of ESA since 1988. He has more than 150 co-authors in more than 20 countries. The Global Eradication Database (GERDA) website has more than 430 members from 43 countries to date.

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