Invited Speakers

A pest-free NZ by 2050?Daniel Tompkins

Dr Dan Tompkins, Portfolio Leader, Managing Invasives, Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua, Dunedin, New Zealand

Dan leads the Managing Invasives portfolio at Landcare Research, New Zealand, overseeing a broad research programme on the management of invasive weeds, pests and diseases both across New Zealand and internationally

International collaborations and future directions in pest animal researchkurt-vercauteren

Dr Kurt VerCauteren, Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist, National Wildlife Research Center, US Department of Agriculture, Colorado, USA

Kurt VerCauteren, Ph.D., CWB, Feral Swine Research Project Leader, National Wildlife Research Center, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services

Kurt leads research on feral swine, deer and elk for the National Wildlife Research Center of the United States Department of Agriculture/Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service/Wildlife Services (NWRC).  He has been with NWRC for nearly 20 years and has conducted research that has led to improved understanding and management of human-wildlife conflict.  His research focusses on wildlife damage management and diseases of wildlife that impact humans, livestock, and natural resources.  His current efforts focus on addressing damage and disease issues associated with invasive and native ungulates.

Australian developments and outlook in pest animal research

Mr Andreas Glanznig, Chief Executive, Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre

Andreas Glanznig is the CEO of the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre – Australia’s largest collaboration of governments, industry groups and research institutions, working together on national scale pest animal management innovation.   He led the CRC’s executive team in assembling the successful IACRC five year extension program, 2012-2017.   The Invasive Animals CRC is on track to deliver: new Rabbit Biocontrol (the rabbit calicivirus RHDV K5 strain national release program); a new Carp Biocontrol agent (the Cyprinid Herpesvirus-3); and new Wild Dog and Fox control products.

Mr Glanznig’s career has, for nearly 30 years, transversed science management, policy advocacy and development, and strategic communications.  Former roles include leading the World Wildlife Fund’s advocacy team on invasive species policy reform where he played a driving role in efforts to close Commonwealth quarantine law loopholes that allowed the import of new high risk weeds, as well as elevating island pest eradications to become a national issue.

Mr Glanznig has also served as a Director of the Weeds Cooperative Research Centre and the Global Invasive Species Program.  He has degrees in Science and Letters, and a Masters of Business Administration.

Making shared responsibility realpaul-martin

Professor Paul Martin, Director, Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law, University of New England, Armidale

Professor Paul Martin is the Director of the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law and the Program Leader for the Invasive Animals CRC program on facilitating community action in controlling invasive species. Paul is an internationally acknowledged expert in researching ways to improve the effectiveness of environmental governance, being the leader of projects on institutional issues for the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and the IUCN Environmental Law Centre.  He is also on the governing Board of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and has lectured and conducted research in countries including the USA, the UK, France, Canada, China, Iceland, and Brazil.

In the last 10 years Paul has conducted or led many research projects concerned with the better management of invasive species issues. In particular he has investigated ways to improve institutional issues such as funding, administration, regulatory enforcement, coordination and many other matters essential to effective control of established invasive species.

Beyond the Borders: Taking Incursion Management to the Next Level


Dr Michelle Christy, National Incursions Response Facilitator, Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

Michelle Christy is the Invasive Animals CRC National Incursions Prevention and Response Facilitator who assists government, industry, research, and community with the development and implementation of their animal incursion management programs. For over 25 years, she has worked closely with USA, CNMI, Madagascan and Australian governments, industry and community as a conservation ecologist, and incursion prevention specialist. Her recent research includes determining pathways of incursion, probability of detection, and establishing what motivates animals to move. Michelle’s passion centers on developing a global program of incursion prevention and control, the foundation of which is effectiveness, simplicity and shared responsibility. She hopes this vision will significantly contribute to the protection of agriculture and biodiversity through prevention and management of pest animal incursions.

Why won’t they just listen to us?

Dr Craig Cormick, Creative Director of ThinkOutsideThe and President, Australian Science Communicators 

Dr Craig Cormick has been a science communicator for over 25 years, working with agencies such as CSIRO, Questacon and the Department of Innovation, Industry and Science. He is widely published in academic journals, and more popular mediums such as the Conversation and the ABC, on the drivers of public attitudes towards new technologies. He has written or edited several books including the award-winning Ned Kelly Under the Microscope. He has given keynote addresses, workshops and conference talks on science communication issues and better understanding the public, on all seven continents. In 2014 he was awarded the Unsung Hero of Science Communications by the Australia Science Communicators (ASC), and is currently the organisation’s President.