The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of crowd data sourcing (citizen science) to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS.

We are delighted to announce our three keynote speakers for the Aquainvad-ED sessions of Neobiota which will take place on 3rd September 2018.

Professor David Lodge

Professor David Lodge is one of the world’s leading experts on aquatic invasive species, with extensive research experience on a wide variety of vectors, taxonomic groups, and ecosystems. His research focuses on ecological forecasting to better inform environmental risk assessment, natural resource management, and policy. Lodge has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress, served as an expert witness in federal court, and served as the first chair of the U.S. government’s national Invasive Species Advisory Committee (2000-01). He led the freshwater biodiversity component of the United Nations’ Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2000-05), and served on a committee providing advice to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on ships’ ballast-vectored invasions (2010-11). Lodge has published more than 200 scientific papers, and has edited two books. He has served on the scientific advisory boards of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the International Joint Commission. In 2014-2015, he served as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the US Department of State. He is Past President of the Ecological Society of America. As a Rhodes Scholar, Lodge received his doctoral degree from the University of Oxford. He is the Francis J. DiSalvo Director of Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Professor Anthony Ricciardi

Anthony (Tony) Ricciardi is Professor of Invasion Ecology in the Redpath Museum and the McGill School of Environment at McGill University, and a McGill Trottier Fellow in Science and Public Policy.  His research seeks to understand and predict variation in the ecological impacts of non-native species across space and time, particularly in aquatic ecosystems.  He is an associate editor for the journals Biological Invasions and Diversity and Distributions.  From 2006 to 2016, he served on the scientific committee of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network – an NSERC research group that assessed the risks of invasion to Canada’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters.  In 2018, he received the Frank Rigler Award, the highest honour given by the Canadian Society of Limnologists in recognition of major achievements in aquatic science.


Professor Dan Simberloff

Daniel Simberloff is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Tennessee. He received his A.B. (1964) and Ph.D. (1968) from Harvard University and was a faculty member at Florida State University from 1968 through 1997, when he joined the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. His publications number ca. 500 and center on ecology, biogeography, evolution, and conservation biology; 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 editor-in-chief of Biological Invasions, senior editor of the Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions (2012), author of Invasive Species: What Everyone Needs to Know (2013), co-editor of Integrating Biological Control into Conservation Practice (2016), and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. He served on the United States National Science Board 2000-2006. In 2006 he was named Eminent Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America, in 2012 he won the Margalef Prize for research in ecology, and in 2015 he won the Wallace Prize of the International Biogeography Society for lifetime contributions. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.