Who we are...
The Invasive Species Research Chapter (ISRC) is a dynamic collective of professional research ecologists, policy makers and managers who are driven to understand the processes and consequences of alien species invasion across Australia's unique landscapes.
Our group consists of Australia's leading ecological researchers and managers, who are at the forefront of investigating and controlling some of the country's most detrimental invasive species.
The ISRC has two core visions, which arose from discussions amongst members at our inaugural gathering at ESA11, Hobart, November 2011:
- Foster the production of innovative and applied ecological research on the processes underpinning the arrival, proliferation and impact of invasive alien species throughout Australian ecosystems, and support the exchange of ecological knowledge amongst ecologists. Our long-term vision is to support such research through a combination of:
- Symposia and forums on emerging research interests at annual ESA meetings.
- Grants to support student research.
- Membership profiles, a searchable database for current research projects, and eco-blogs to improve networking amongst Australian ecologists.
- Enhance the links between research ecologists and land managers to improve the application of ecological research to invasive species management and the protection of natural landscapes. The overwhelming sentiment was that ecologists want their research to matter and be applied effectively in the field by the managers working on the frontline of invasive species control and ecosystem rehabilitation. It was identified that the main impediment to effective invasive species management is the poor dissemination and use of ecological knowledge amongst practitioners in the field, as well as poor feedback of on-ground knowledge to those doing research. Re-coupling this “knowledge feedback loop” will enhance the effectiveness of existing ecological knowledge, as well as improve the relevance of future research endeavours. We plan to support this researcher-manager dialogue by:
- Fostering links between researchers and existing management agencies and societies (e.g. Council of Australasian Weed Societies).
- Running collaborative meetings between research and management institutions.
- Supporting land managers, such as bush regenerators, to attend ecological meetings to speak with researchers first hand. In doing this we acknowledge the invaluable contribution made by local people with local knowledge of their land and ecosystem processes! It is this knowledge that can drive ecological questions and theory on invasive species management.