Rob is a research scientist in insect ecology and biological control with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Lethbridge, Canada. Prior to working with AAFC, Rob worked for the Canadian Forest Service on the biological control of invasive forest pests. Specific research interests include: host-plant insect interactions; population dynamics of biological control agents and their hosts; influence of habitat and climate on the impact and dispersal of invasive species and biocontrol agents; and risk assessment of biological control. He is currently Canadian lead for collaborative projects developing new biological control agents for several invasive plants, including knotweeds, phragmites, garlic mustard and swallowworts. He designed and implemented the operational biological control programme for invasive weeds in Alberta which is self-sustaining and has been running since 2001. As an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, additional projects with collaborators and graduate students have included work on the ecology of invasive species and to estimate the impact and efficacy of established biocontrol agents.
Title: Keeping biocontrol in the weed management tool box