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Aliens amongst us: Are we prepared for the invaders?


by Dr. Andrea Smith


Held Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment in Huntsville.





Invasive species are considered one of the greatest threats to biodiversity globally, and can have profound negative effects on the economy and society as well. Yet, compared with other major environmental problems, like climate change and pollution, invasive species have garnered relatively little public and political attention to date.


This talk provides an overview of the invasive species situation in Canada by reviewing major threats and challenges, and examines how well we are addressing the problem through legislation, public awareness and stewardship tools.


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About Dr. Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith


Andrea Smith is a professional biologist with a special interest in communicating science to the general public and translating scientific knowledge into meaningful policy. She has a doctorate in Evolutionary Biology and a Masters in Conservation Biology, both from Queen’s University.


Her recent work with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network has focused on Canada’s preparedness to deal with biological invasions and effectiveness in addressing key pathways of introduction through legislation, policy and stewardship initiatives.


Since 2007, her work has moved increasingly into the policy realm. She has a thorough knowledge and understanding of Canadian federal and Ontario legislation, policy, and programs related to biodiversity, invasive species, species at risk, climate change, land use planning, and natural resource protection. Andrea is also a regular contributor to local and provincial magazine and newspaper publications on a variety of environmental issues.



Invasive Species Lecture