Core research team, Scientific advisory board, Key collaborators

Core research team

Dr Jane Catford (she/her), Principal Investigator

Jane is a plant community ecologist with interests in biological invasions, community assembly, biodiversity and global environmental change. She leads the AlienImpacts project and team. Email: jane.catford[at]

Dr Josh Brian (he/him), Postdoctoral Research Associate

Josh has interests in community ecology, symbiosis and invasion biology. In his role in AlienImpacts, Josh is primarily focusing on enemy release and will use grassland experiments to tackle these and related questions. Email: joshua.brian[at]

Dr María Ángeles Pérez-Navarro (she/her), Postdoctoral Research Associate

María Ángeles is an ecologist and biogeographer interested in species distribution changes under global change. As part of AlienImpacts, María is examining whether, how and why native and alien plants differ in their demography and traits. Email: maria_angeles.perez-navarro[at]

Dr Harry Shepherd (he/him), Postdoctoral Research Associate

Harry is a community ecologist with interests in species coexistence, plant-soil feedbacks and environmental change. In his role in AlienImpacts, he will build mechanistic models that predict the outcomes of invasion on plant community diversity with a focus on temperate grasslands. Email: harry.shepherd[at]

Jonathan Sutton (he/him), PhD student

Jonathan is a theoretical ecologist building models of community dynamics responding to invasion, incorporating factors such as human-caused disturbance and evolutionary effects [Supervisors: Jane Catford, Vincent Jansen]. Email: jonathan.1.sutton[at]

International Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. David Tilman (Chair, he/him), University of Minnesota & University of California Santa Barbara, USA

David is a Regents’ Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology with expertise in community and ecosystem ecology. He is the Director of the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.

Prof. Yvonne Buckley (she/her), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Yvonne is a Professor of Zoology at Trinity College Dublin with expertise in plant and quantitative ecology. She is a senior editor at Journal of Ecology and coordinator of PLANTPOPNET, an international network of sites investigating spatial plant population dynamics.

Prof. Marc Cadotte (he/him), University of Toronto, Canada

Marc is a Professor of Biological Sciences, with expertise in community ecology and ecosystem functioning. He is the chair of Applied Ecology Resources and the Editor-in-chief of Ecological Solutions and Evidence

Prof. Petr Pyšek (he/him), Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Petr is the head of the department of invasion ecology at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, with expertise biological invasions and macroecology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Preslia.

Prof. Helen Roy (she/her), UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK

Helen is a principal scientist and ecologist at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, with expertise in invasive species and environmental change. She is a co-chair for the IPBES Thematic assessment on Invasive Alien Species and their control.

Key collaborators involved in AlienImpacts

Elizabeth Borer, University of Minnesota, USA

Yvonne Buckley, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

James Bullock, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK

Adam Clark, University of Graz, Austria

Laura Graham, University of Birmingham, UK

Petr Pyšek, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Czechia

Rob Salguero-Gómez, University of Oxford, UK

Eric Seabloom, University of Minnesota, USA

David Tilman, University of Minnesota, USA

Matt White, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Australia

Mark van Kleunen, University of Konstanz, Germany

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