Richard J. Hobbs Professor of Restoration Ecology in the School of Plant Biology at the University of Western Australia, where he holds an ARC Australian
Laureate Fellowship, and leads the Ecosystem Restoration Laboratory.
His particular interests are in vegetation dynamics and management, invasive species, ecosystem restoration, conservation biology and
landscape ecology. http://www.plants.uwa.edu.au/research/ecosystem_restoration
Jessica J. Hellmann Assistant Professor at University of Notre Dame, USA.
Jessica's work is combining global change biology, population and community ecology, biogeography and ecological genomics to study fundamental processes that determine responses of plants and animals to global change. Her group investigates the dynamics of populations and interactions among species including conceptual theories, mathematical models and genomic techniques. These studies result in new conservation policies and help policy-makers deciding how to address the problem of global warming. http://www.nd.edu/~hellmann/Hellmann_Lab/Hellmann_Home.html
Richard N. Mack Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, USA.
Dick's research group has investigated the causes and epidemiology of invasions. Studies include plant demography, ecological genetics in both the native and introduced ranges of the species, ecophysiology, dendrochronology and the community consequences of invaders. The ultimate goal is to predict potentially invasive species and finally to devise effective means for the eradication of introduced species that appear likely to become invasive. Based on this experience Dick advises on legislative and regulatory issues dealing with invasive species, both in the US and overseas. http://www.sbs.wsu.edu/mack/mack.htm
Laura A. Meyerson Assistant Professor of Restoration Ecology at the Department of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, USA.
Laura's research interests span a broad range of topics in invasion biology. Currently she is assessing change in coastal ecosystems based on integration of natural and social sciences. Her study systems are salt marshes with Phragmites australis and Spartina alterniflora including genetics, hybridization, ecosystem services and human health aspects of these species. http://nrs.uri.edu/labs/invasive/index.html
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