South Australia

Rachel Melland

Rachel Melland is a member of the South Australian Government Natural Resource Management Council Assessment Sub-committee, and is the Immediate Past President, Weed Management Society of South Australia, NGO. Rachel has a background in biological control research, weed risk assessment and broader natural resource management issues (including revegetation and salinity issues). Rachel has worked for the Victorian and South Australian State Governments (SA Dept. of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation, and SA Environmental Protection Authority), and the Universities of Melbourne and Adelaide.

Rachel undertook an ARC scholarship in freshwater ecology at Monash University. Her PhD investigated the control of boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera ssp. monilifera) using fire, herbicides and other techniques in temperate Australian woodlands.

Rachel has undertaken many leadership roles, including key roles on the organising committees of the 15th Australian Weeds Conference, Adelaide, September 2006, and the 1st South Australian Weeds Conference, Adelaide, October 2008.

Chris Brodie

Chris Brodie is the Weeds Botanist for the State Herbarium of South Australia, based in Adelaide a position held since February 2009. Chris is interested in the naturalised (also known as ‘weed’) flora of South Australia. He works closely with stakeholders, including Biosecurity SA, landscape officers and other land managers, to identify, collect and document the naturalised flora of the state. Of importance is the early detection of new weed populations in South Australia. Early detection of new and emerging weed populations provides the greatest opportunity for land managers to eradicate or containment new weedy populations.