Preliminary Program
ICAIS 2019 presents some of the best science on invasive species in freshwater and marine environments to benefit managers and stakeholders worldwide.

It emphasizes emerging and novel research in invasion ecology and its applications, and includes seven keynote presentations by a diverse group of leading international scientists.

For the first time, ICAIS will include a special session Integrating Invasion Science and Management Across Realms: Learning from Terrestrial, Marine and Freshwater Experiences that will feature presentations by a series of speakers who will address management challenges at different stages of the invasion cycle (involving risk assessment, vectors, eradication and control), followed by an interactive panel discussion that will provide opportunities for collaboration to improve outcomes across taxanomic boundaries. This will be a half-day plenary session on the afternoon of Thursday, October 31, so be sure to plan your travel accordingly.

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Keynote Speakers


Why Biogeographic Origins Matter to Invasion Science and Policy
Anthony Ricciardi, McGill University, Canada

Dr. Anthony Ricciardi is a Professor of Invasion Biology at the Redpath Museum & McGill School of Environment at McGill University. For 25 years, his research has examined the causes and consequences of biological invasions using field experiments, lab experiments, empirical modeling and meta-analysis. A recipient of the Frank Rigler Award, the highest honour given by the Canadian Society of Limnologists.


Managing Invasions on Land; What’s Worked, What Hasn’t, and What Might
Daniel Simberloff, Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Tennessee, USA

Dr. Daniel Simberloff is the senior editor of the Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions and author of Invasive Species: What Everyone Needs to Know. Much of his research focuses on causes, consequences, and management of biological invasions. His research projects are on insects, plants, fungi, birds, and mammals. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



The Many Ways in which Humans Assist Biological Invaders Post-arrival
Emma Johnston, University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Emma Johnston is the Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology. Having published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles and supervised more than 20 PhD graduates. She consults with industry through the development and implementation of new biomonitoring techniques and environmental monitoring programs. Professor Johnston is also a science communicator and television presenter for Coast Australia.



Multiple Environmental Stressors Shape Community Response to Non-native Species
Shelley Arnott, Department of Biology, Queen’s University, Canada

Dr. Shelley Arnott is a professor in the Department of Biology, Queen’s University who uses a combination of field experiments, laboratory bioassays, and field surveys to advance our understanding of factors that regulate aquatic biodiversity. She has spent the past 2 decades investigating the effect of non-native species on plankton communities in Ontario lakes. A major focus of her ongoing work is to understand the interactive effects of multiple stressors, including non-native species. 


Colonization Pressure and the Insights of Supply-Side Invasion Ecology
Julie Lockwood, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, USA

Dr. Julie Lockwood is a professor at Rutgers University in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources. Her research is a cross-section of conservation biology, biogeography and invasion ecology. Her lab group currently focuses on developing technological and decision-support tools for invasion science. She has co-written or edited four books on biological invasions and coastal conservation, and currently serves as a Senior Editor for Conservation Letters.


Impacts of Species Invasions in a Changing World
Cascade Sorte, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Irvine, USA

In 2014, Dr. Sorte joined the faculty at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and was elected an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America in 2017. As an integrative marine ecologist, Dr. Sorte’s research spans ecological scales from physiology to biogeography to investigate the impacts of global change, particularly the interaction between climate change and species invasions.


The Impact of Invasive Alien Crustacea and Parasitic Diseases on Aquatic Ecosystems, and Opportunities to Slow their Spread
Alison Dunn, University of Leeds, England

After working as a Nature Research Warden, a Lab Technician, Dr. Dunn returned to academia to undertake a PhD in Parasitic Sex Ratio Distorters at the University of Leeds. Returning to the University of Leeds as a NERC Research Fellow, then as a University Research Fellow, before joining the academic staff full-time in 2005. Dr. Dunn's labs focuses on the impacts of invasive predators on native species and behavioural, ecological and evolutionary responses in aquatic systems to multiple abiotic (climate) and biotic (disease, invasive species) stressors.