sTWIST – Theory and Workflows for Alien and Invasive Species Tracking

1st meeting: 20.-24.08.2018

PIs: Melodie McGeoch, Marten Winter

Alien and invasive alien species (AIS) numbers, geographic ranges and impacts on biodiversity continue to grow. Developing theory rich, synthetic workflows to deal with this highly policy-relevant problem and key threat to biodiversity is essential. Doing so is not only scientifically exciting, but also theory, methods and data have never been combined in the way we plan for this purpose. The proposed sTWIST collaboration and workshops will enable us to fast track progress to having a scientifically robust method for tracking invasions globally, by completing the conceptual and theoretical development that is an essential precursor for robust invasion indicators. This project will advance research on the dynamics of biological invasion to support indicators by developing the theoretical background and relevant methods and approaches. These will then be combined in useful workflows which enable end-users to produce robust AIS indicators in reproducible steps. Expected contributions include new methods, workflows for how to combine methods and data, first versions of indicators based on a pilot study, peer-reviewed publications and ultimately a sound foundation for operational invasion indicators. We further plan to draft a research proposal for funding options to implement the solutions that are developed across the three workshops. Communicating closely with the CBD, GBIF and the IUCN (ISSG) on invasion policy targets, sTWIST will deliver key elements of the foundation needed for long-term monitoring of biological invasions, for improved assessments and more robust reporting.

Participants:
Eduardo Arlé (iDiv); Celine Bellard (UMR Borea Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle); Jonathan Belmaker (Tel Aviv University); Yehezkel Buba (Tel Aviv University); David Clarke (Monash University); Emili García-Berthou (University of Girona); Marie Vestergaard Henriksen (Monash University); Walter Jetz (Yale University); Ingolf Kühn (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ); Bernd Lenzner (University of Vienna); Melodie McGeoch (Monash University); Carsten Meyer (iDiv); Shyama Narayan Pagad (University of Auckland); Mariona Roige Valiente (AgResearch); Hanno Seebens (Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre); Joana Vicente (CIBIO / InBIO); Marten Winter (iDiv); not on the pic: John Wilson (CIB/Univ Stellenbosch): Franz Essl (Univ Vienna/UBA); Helen Roy (CEH); Ingolf Kuehn (UFZ); Mark Costello (Univ Auckland)

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2nd meeting: 03.-07.07.2019

PIs: Melodie McGeoch, Marten Winter

Participants:
Carlos Eduardo Arlé (iDiv), Jonathan Belmaker (Tel Aviv University), Yehezkel Buba (Tel Aviv University), David Clarke (Monash University), Franz Essl (University Vienna), Emili García-Berthou (University of Girona), Quentin Groom (Meise Botanic Garden), Marie V. Henriksen (Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research), Ingolf Kühn (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ), Bernd Lenzner (University of Vienna), Melodie McGeoch (Monash University), Carsten Meyer (iDiv), Shyama Narayan Pagad (University of Auckland), Mariona Roige Valiente (Agresearch), Hanno Seebens (Senckenberg BiK-F), John Wilson (South African National Biodiversity Instiute), Marten Winter (iDiv)


3rd meeting: 02.-05-06.2020 (several virtual meetings)

PIs: Melodie McGeoch, Marten Winter

The sTWIST group has met in the week of 2nd-5th June for several full group and few break out virtual sessions to present and discuss progress on developing global indicators for alien species. Several publications are on their way. sTWIST outputs will be presented at the GEO BON open science conference (https://conf2020.geobon.org/) and will crucial for the ongoing IPBES assessment on invasive alien species with several sTWIST members being authors of it.

Participants.
Eduardo Arlé (iDiv); Jonathan Belmaker (Tel Aviv University); Yehezkel Buba (Tel Aviv University); David Clarke (Monash University); Emili García-Berthou (University of Girona); Marie Vestergaard Henriksen (Monash University); Ingolf Kühn (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ); Bernd Lenzner (University of Vienna); Melodie McGeoch (Monash University); Carsten Meyer (iDiv); Shyama Narayan Pagad (University of Auckland); Mariona Roige Valiente (AgResearch); Hanno Seebens (Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre); Joana Vicente (CIBIO / InBIO); John Wilson (CIB/Univ Stellenbosch); Ingolf Kuehn (UFZ); Marten Winter (iDiv); not on the pic: Walter Jetz (Yale University); Franz Essl (Univ Vienna/UBA)

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