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We continually seek and review the best scientific advice on how to deal with harmful invasive species while respecting the importance of maintaining high welfare standards for all animals.

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Scientific Advisory Committee

The scientific advisory committee offers the Invasive Species Council world-class scientific and expert advice.

This advice is applied to determine the best policy, laws and practices for tackling the threat of invasive species to the environment.

The following are members of the Invasive Species Council’s scientific advisory committee:

Professor Hugh Possingham

Hugh established the Possingham lab, which uses mathematics to formulate and solve problems for saving plants, animals and ecosystems such as the allocation of funding to threatened species recovery.

The lab developed the widely used conservation planning software, Marxan, that is used to build marine and terrestrial land-use plans. Hugh is also a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA).

Dr Hugh Possingham

Tim Low

Tim is an ecologist, consultant and writer who helped found the Invasive Species Council in 2002.

He is author of the best-selling book Feral Future, which The Australian newspaper called a wake-up on the dangers of McDonaldising world ecology, and regularly speaks about pest issues at conferences in Australia and internationally.

Tim’s most recent book was Where Song Began.

Professor Steven Chown

Professor and Director
Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future
School of Biological Sciences
Monash University

Steven has a long history of involvement with invasion ecology and has a special interest in the impacts of invasive species in the Antarctic region. From 2012 to 2017 he was Head of the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University.

Currently he is director of an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative and president of the international Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. Steven is passionate about finding ways to translate science to policy impact.

Professor Steven Chown, Invasive Species Council Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr David C. Paton

Associate Professor
Ecology, Evolution and Landscape Sciences
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
The University of Adelaide

David has expertise in ecology and behaviour of birds, conservation, revegetation and habitat restoration, management of vertebrate pests such as cats, koalas and birds and responses of flora and fauna to fire and drought.

Dr David Paton.

Professor Chris Dickman

Professor in Ecology
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Sydney

Chris Dickman has long been fascinated by patterns in the distribution of living things, and especially by factors such as invasive pest species that affect biological diversity. He is committed to helping to reduce the problems caused by invasive species, and enthusiastic about contributing to the goals of the Invasive Species Council.

Professor Chris Dickman

Professor Stephen Sarre

Professor of Wildlife Genetics
Institute for Applied Ecology
University of Canberra

Stephen is interested in the application of genetic and genomic approaches to the ecology and management of invasive animals and has published extensively on the genetics of invasive mammals in Australia and New Zealand. He is particularly focused on the potential (and limits) for the detection of invasive mammals and their prey through the DNA analysis of environmental samples such as faeces and also on the genomic changes that occur in invasive species post invasion.

Dr Stephen Sarre.

Geoffrey Carr

Director and Principal Botanist
Ecology Australia

Geoff Carr is a leading authority on environmental weed research, management and taxonomy in Australia, with world perspectives on biological invasions and weed-risk assessment, including deliberately introduced pasture and rehabilitation species. He is also an expert on Victorian saltmarshes and the biology of the halophyte flora. In 1992 he published Environmental Weed Invasions in Victoria: Conservation and Management Implications.

Geoffrey Carr.