Dr Brian Cooke ‘Galapagos: the continuing battle against invaders’

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands is often described as both unique and threatened. Key amongst the threats are invasive species, which, even now, continue to drive some species to the brink of extinction. In this talk Brian Cooke will revisit his work on invasive fauna and native mammals as he recalls his time, 15 years ago, as a resident scientist at the Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz.

Dr Brian Cooke is a retired CSIRO scientist and current Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra. In 1993 Brian headed the research group responsible for the introduction of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (calicivirus), and he retains a close interest in pest rabbit control and management.