Invasive species researchers and practitioners, working on any taxonomic group, across the Pacific Northwest and beyond gathered to participate and share their findings at the Invasive Species Research Conference - Turning Science into Action - June 20 - 22, 2017.


The Invasive Species Council of BC convened the first Invasive Plant Research Conference in 2011 along with compiling an online research database of recent and current research projects on invasive plants as related to BC.  The goal of the online database was to provide easy access to recent research. The Research Conference was deemed successful for both academic researchers and practitioners by linking science with operations.  Based on the 2011 Research Conference, the BC Research Road Map was created to identify the future needs and priorities for invasive plant research relevant to BC. 

To build upon this work, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the Invasive Species Council of BC co-hosted the Invasive Species Research Conference, June 20 - 22, 2017 in Kamloops, BC.  


The Invasive Species Research Conference took place over two days, June 20 - 21, 2017, with the option of participating in field trips on the third day, June 22, 2017.

Why ATTEnd?

The Invasive Species Research Conference brought together scientific researchers and practitioners and featured two renowned keynote speakers, Dr. Daniel Simberloff & Dr. Anthony Ricciardi. The conference agenda inclued a series of oral and poster presentations, lightning talks, invasive species field trips and more - all in the beautiful, sunny location of Kamloops, BC.

Who should attend?

Invasive species researchers and practitioners from across the Pacific North-West were invited to participate and to submit scientific research abstracts for presentations at the Invasive Species Research Conference. 


The deadline for submitting oral presentations has passed. For any inquiries into abstracts, please contact Allyson Blake at


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Daniel Simberloff is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Tennessee. He received his A.B. (1964) and Ph.D. (1968) from Harvard University and was a faculty member at Florida State University from 1968 through 1997, when he joined the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. His publications number ca. 500 and center on ecology, biogeography, evolution, and conservation biology; much of his research focuses on causes and consequences of biological invasions. His research projects are on insects, plants, fungi, birds, and mammals. 

Daniel Simberloff is editor-in-chief of Biological Invasions, senior editor of the Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions (2012), author of Invasive Species: What Everyone Needs to Know (2013), and is a member of the editorial board for several other journals. He served on the United States National Science Board 2000-2006. In 2006 he was named Eminent Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America, in 2012 he won the Margalef Prize for research in ecology, and in 2015 he won the Wallace Prize of the International Biogeography Society. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Dr. Anthony Ricciardi is a professor of biology in the Redpath Museum and the School of Environment at McGill University, and a McGill Trottier Fellow in Science and Public Policy.  For over 20 years, his research has examined the causes and consequences of biological invasions using field experiments, lab experiments, empirical modeling and meta-analysis. 

Anthony is an editorial board member for the journal Biological Invasions and the journal Diversity and Distributions.  From 2006 to 2016, he served on the scientific committee of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network – an NSERC research group that assessed the risks and mechanisms of invasion in Canada's lakes, rivers and coastal waters.  In recent years, he and his students have sought to identify global patterns and mechanisms that explain variation in the colonization success and impacts of introduced freshwater fishes and invertebrates.