Dr Andy Sheppard: Theme Leader - Reducing the consequences of alien pests, weeds and disease invasions
Dr Andy Sheppard leads CSIRO's Biosecurity Flagship Theme: Reducing the consequences of alien pests, weeds and disease invasions.
3 December 2010 | Updated 23 July 2013
Dr Andy Sheppard leads the Biosecurity Flagship Theme: Reducing the consequences of alien pests, weeds and disease invasions.
Dr Sheppard's theme focusses on new and innovative approaches to reduce the potential and realised impacts of invasive alien pests, weeds and diseases.
Minimising the impact of invasive alien species is critical for Australia's ongoing agricultural sustainability, environmental and human health.
Dr Sheppard joined CSIRO in 1986 at the CSIRO European Laboratory in France, where he built a science career around the population ecology and plant-insect interactions of several genera of plants that had become significant weeds in Australia.
In 1991 he moved to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, as a research scientist and project leader in the research group responsible for the ecological management of several national priority weeds using biological control. This included:
- nodding and Onopordum thistles
- Paterson's curse
- common heliotrope
- Scotch and Cape broom.
In 2002 he returned to France as Officer-in-charge at CSIRO's European laboratory, before returning to Canberra as Theme Leader of CSIRO’s Invasive Species & Plant Biosecurity Theme from 2006-2010.
Dr Sheppard leads CSIRO's Biodiversity Theme: Building Resiliant Australian Biodiversity Assets.
Dr Sheppard's experimental research has focussed on comparative native and exotic range studies between Europe and Australia on the plants and habitats they invaded.
His research has included the use of population management evolutionary models that have advanced theory on biological invasions.
More recently he has published on risk analysis and in other areas of biosecurity research.
Dr Sheppard was awarded a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Imperial College London, the latter at the ecological field station at Silwood Park, United Kingdom.
Dr Sheppard has published over 100 refereed papers and over 20 technical and contracted research reports.
He is also:
an adjunct senior lecturer in the Botany and Zoology Department at the Australian National University, Canberra
an Editor of Biological Control
an Associate Editor on the Journal of Applied Ecology.
Dr Sheppard has also been involved in organising the following conferences:
as Chair of the organising committee of XIIth International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, Complex International de Lutte Biologique Agropolis (CILBA), Montpellier, France, 2007
as a member of the organising committee of the Seventh International Conference on Pests in Agriculture, Montpellier, France, 26-27 October 2005
as a member of the organising committee of the IUCN International Workshop on Invasive plants in the Mediterranean type regions of the world, Montpellier, France, 25-27 May 2005
as co-organiser of the symposium titled Working at the interface of art and science: How best to select an agent for classical biological control? International Congress on Entomology, Brisbane, Australia, 17 August 2004
as co-organiser of 'Improving the selection, testing & evaluation of weed biological control agents'. Cooperative Research Centre for Australian Weed Management workshop, Perth, Australia, September 2003
as a member of organising committee of the XI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, CSIRO Entomology, Australia, April 2003
as a co-organiser of IOBC/CILBA International Conference 'Genetics, Evolution and Biological Control', Montpellier, France, October 2002
as aco-organiser of Broom Management Weeds CRC Workshop, Moonan Flat, Australia, November 2000
as a member of organising committee of the A J Nicholson Centenary Population Ecology Conference, Australian National University, Australia, 1995.
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