Urban invasive species

‘Prioritizing invasive plant management in an urban environment’

Friday 04 December 2020
15:00 UK time / 10:00 Eastern time


Dr Holly Jones, Northern Illinois University


Dr Namrata Shrestha, Toronto and Region ConservationUniversity of Toronto

Dr Luke Potgieter, University of Toronto

About the workshop

In this workshop, Dr Namrata Shrestha & Dr Luke Potgieter explain how invasive alien species can be managed in urban environments through a species-based prioritisation model that takes multiple species traits into consideration to calculate a “prioritisation score”. These scores can then be to advise and direct management actions and resources.

About the speakers

Namrata Shrestha is a Senior Research Scientist, Ecology at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Environment, University of Toronto. She leads the Regional Ecosystem Science Program in the Research and Knowledge Management group at TRCA. Her work mainly focuses on developing and implementing regional level strategies that allows for urban ecosystem conservation and management. She has led numerous projects focusing on natural heritage system, green infrastructure, wildlife movements, and other related plans and programs in the Toronto and region. In addition, she is active in fostering research collaborations and applied research so as to provide science based guidance to policy, planning, and practice of ecosystem management to TRCA and its municipal partners.

Luke Potgieter is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Toronto Scarborough.

Watch Namrata and Luke’s talk here

Jointly sponsored by NHBS

A UK-based company that supplies equipment and books for ecologists and conservation professionals around the world.

Jointly sponsored by Ecology Resources Limited

A specialist ecological consultancy firm who fund the BES ‘Ecology the Next Generation’ bursary scheme. This bursary scheme supports four young ecologists from low income backgrounds to study and begin their careers in applied ecology.



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