Invited Speakers

Our distinguished invited speakers will lead off each morning and afternoon session of the conference with a rich array of perspectives from the leading edge of the field.


Prof. Katie Dafforn

A/Prof. Katie Dafforn

Macquarie University

Topic:

Eco-engineering strategies for marine infrastructure to reduce establishment and dispersal of non-indigenous species

Bio:

Katie Dafforn is an environmental scientist recognised for her contributions to understanding urban impacts in marine systems. She joined Macquarie University (New South Wales, Australia) in 2018 and is the co-founder of the Living Seawalls project. Through this work she has been engaged in the ecological design of marine foreshores and her experimental work has contributed to several urban renewal projects. The findings have provided practical and policy tools for building foreshore infrastructure to reduce biosecurity risk.

Prof. Stelios Katsanevakis

Prof. Stelios Katsanevakis

University of the Aegean

Topic:

Methods for non-native species detection and impact assessment

Bio:

Stelios Katsanevakis is a professor of marine ecology in the Department of Marine Sciences, University of the Aegean (Greece) with extensive field experience in the Mediterranean Sea. His research focuses on marine conservation and the impacts of biological invasions on biodiversity and ecosystem services. He has worked on developing the European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) and was the Chair of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action, “MarCons: Advancing marine conservation in the European and contiguous seas”.

Julie Lockwood

Julie Lockwood

Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Rutgers University

Topic:

More in common than differences: Uniting terrestrial and marine invasion science

Bio:

Professor Julie Lockwood is currently Interim Director of the Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, and Professor of Ecology at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA). A native of Atlanta, Georgia (USA), her research centers on the prevention and management of invasive species, the socio-ecological dynamics of the wildlife trade, and the impacts of climate change and clean energy production on biodiversity. She is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Nicola S. Smith

Nicola S. Smith, PhD

Concordia University

Topic:

Marine invasions in the Caribbean: local and regional perceptions and responses to current and future threats

Bio:

Dr. Nicola S. Smith is a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia (Canada), and recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at Concordia University (Quebec, Canada). Originally from the Bahamas, she has over a decade of experience researching bioinvasions, coral reef ecology, and tropical fisheries. Her past work focused primarily on the Indo-Pacific lionfish invasion of the Caribbean and on unreported fisheries catches in the Global South. Her current research focuses on the interactions between climate change and marine invasive species, and its implications for ocean sustainability. She serves as an Associate Editor for NeoBiota, a peer-reviewed, open access, online journal on biological invasions.