Darren Kriticos
Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.
Darren’s research interests centre on invasion ecology under current and future climates. He has used DYMEX to develop a number of process-based population dynamics models to inform the management of invasive plants using cultural or biological control. He has also developed mechanistic niche models for insects, pathogens and weeds as a means of informing pest risks, and better understanding how their impacts might be studied and managed. He spends a significant part of his time improving bioclimatic modelling methods, and translating these into improvements in the CLIMEX modelling framework. He led a project to spatialise DYMEX, creating a modelling platform that can simultaneously simulate detailed population dynamics, phenology and dispersal processes. He also led the project to develop the CliMond climate dataset for bioclimatic modelling. More recently Darren has brought his undergraduate training in economics to bear on the problem of invasive species by developing novel niche modelling techniques to estimate spatially-explicit economic impacts under current and future climates.

Dave Richardson
Dave Richardson is Deputy Director: Science Strategy at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) and professor in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
His research focuses on the ecology of biological invasions, and in particular the dynamics of plant invasions, especially trees.  He has published extensively on many aspects of invasions in South Africa and other parts of the world, and on global patterns and trends in biological invasions and invasion ecology.  For further details on his research, click here.
He is the author or co-author of more than 200 papers in journals and edited books and is editor or co-editor of several books, including Fifty years of invasion ecology (Wiley-Blackwell; 2011). He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Diversity and Distributions.

Gregory Ruiz
Greg Ruiz is a senior scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in the United States. With broad interests in population and community ecology, his research focuses on understanding patterns and processes of biological invasions in coastal marine ecosystems. Major components of this research are aimed at analysis of geographic variation in non-native species richness, testing mechanisms that may explain observed spatial patterns, and understanding transfer mechanisms (vectors) for marine species. Greg received a BA in Aquatic Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara and his PhD in Zoology from University of California, Berkeley.