Welcome to the Invasion Ecology Group, a research group led by Dr Phill Cassey at The University of Adelaide's Environment Institute. It undertakes world-leading multidisciplinary research to mitigate the actions of human-induced biological change across all environments and develop adaptive strategies to respond to the anticipated impacts of climate change.

Phill is an ARC Future Fellow in Invasion Biogeography and Associate Professor in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences. He is a core member of the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute and management committee member for ACEBB, the Australian Centre of Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity. Phill is a participant of the intergovernmental Vertebrate Pests Committee Incursions Working Group.

The Invasion Ecology Group includes postdocs, PhD students, honours students, and undergraduate researchers working in invasion biogeography and biosecurity risk assessment. Anyone interested in working with us or joining the group as a researcher or student can contact Phill directly to discuss the opportunities currently available.

February 11, 2014

Recent news…

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2014 is going to be an exciting year for the Invasion Ecology Group! We extend a warm welcome to Sally Scrivens who joins us as a Research Assistant responsible for compiling the SA Barbary Dove Technical Feasibility study, funded through the Invasive Animals CRC and NRM Biosecurity SA. We also are very pleased to welcome commencing students Antonia Dalziel (PhD Candidate) and Freyja Watters (Honours Candidate).

We have commenced our 2014 ARC Discovery Grant ‘Transport risk pathways for emerging invasive species’ and a Research Assistant and Postdoc position are currently advertised here.

We would like to congratulate our recently graduated students Camille Duval and Kaat Brulez (PhD), Calum Cunningham and Arlette Srour (Honours), and Danielle Pedler (Masters). They all worked extremely hard – well done!

In other news, check out our recent publication by PhD student Pablo Garcia-Diaz:-

Patterns of transport and introduction of exotic amphibians in Australia

Also, a recently published report summarising the research conducted for the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre project ‘Success of eradication programs for vertebrate pest species on islands around Australia’:-

Eradications of vertebrate pests in Australia

Our Highlighted news item this month is the seizure of 13 rare San Salvador Rock Iguanas at London’s Heathrow Airport. It is thought that there are only a few hundred individuals left in the wild and the species is listed as ‘near extinction’ (CITES). The Bahamian government refuses to issue export permits for San Salvador Rock Iguanas and there has been no legal captive breeding programs outside of the Bahamas since 2007. Our own research is focussing on what characteristics drive the illegal trade in species like these iguanas and how to best forecast the pathways by which they can be detected and their future smuggling prevented.