Hillary Cherry is a Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) Coordinator, working with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and WoNS partners across Australia. The WoNS program works to ensure consistent, strategic management of weeds from the national to the local level, using icon species to raise awareness of weed issues, encourage weed research and improve and implement best practice management. Hillary currently coordinates the bitou bush and boneseed and asparagus weeds WoNS programs. She is originally from Florida, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Botany from the University of Florida. She served as a director on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) board and founded the FLEPPC Education Committee. She worked with the University of Florida’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants on terrestrial weed research, applied management and weed risk assessment before moving to Australia in 2002. She has been a member of the NSW Weeds Society since 2003.
Cherry, H. (2002). Ecophysiology and control of Nandina domestica Thunb. Masters Thesis. University of Florida, Gainesville. 148 pp.
Cherry H., Willsher L. & Whyte B. (2008). Bitou bush and boneseed eradication and containment in Australia. Plant Protection Quarterly, 23, 38-40.
Langeland, K.L., Cherry, H.M., McCormick, and K. A. Craddock Burks. (2008). Identification and Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas, 2nd edition. University of Florida, Gainesville. 210 pp.
Schembri A., Holtkamp R., Cherry H., Haeusler J. & West J. (2008). Community weed education initiatives in New South Wales: getting school children involved. Plant Protection Quarterly, 23, 42-43.