SAIAB News » Presentation: Becky Cudmore and Nick Mandrak: 10th August 2018

Working effectively at the science-policy interface on biodiversity issues: perspectives from both sides

To be effective, the conservation and management of freshwater ecosystems requires not only strong science, but also political buy-in. In this joint presentation, Becky Cudmore and Nick Mandrak  will share their experiences in developing workable conservation actions through engaging in the science-policy interface in Canada.


Becky Cudmore (Aquatic Invasive Species Program, Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Becky is the manager of Canada’s Aquatic Invasive Species Program in the country’s largest region containing four provinces and two territories; spatially, it is comparable to the 7th largest country in the world.   Becky has been working on aquatic invasive species for over 20 years and provides advice to Canada’s, and other countries’, highest government levels on the issue. She has worked on topics such as live trade, risk assessment and science transfer to policy and management.  Becky was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition for her work on aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes.

Prof. Nick Mandrak (University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada)

Nick is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is also the Director of a professional Master’s program in Conservation and Biodiversity. He has conducted research on the Laurentian Great Lakes for over 30 years on the biodiversity, biogeography, and conservation of freshwater fishes with emphasis on endangered and invasive species. Prior to his current position, he developed and led a national research lab on endangered aquatic species in the Great Lakes Basin and a national centre of expertise for aquatic risk assessment. He is the 2018 recipient of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission Christie/Loftus Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions towards Understanding Healthy Great Lakes Ecosystems. 


Venue: Lecture Room, SAIAB

Date: Friday, 10 August 2018

Time: 10.30am