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.

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Henry Rutherford

Henry Rutherford is the current President on the Executive Committee of the Weed Management Society South Australia (WMSSA). He is employed with Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges as their Urban Animal and Plant Control Support Officer.

Henry’s employment and his involvement in the WMSSA sees him deliver messaging on weed science to wide and diverse audiences, an experience he enjoys. With an interest in evolutionary biology, Henry looks to understand how adaptive plant strategies take advantage of the disturbed systems found in our modern modified environments.

He works to create a picture within weed management ideals that helps people acknowledge where their behaviours are driving weed impacts with the outlook that some ecological process can’t be managed whereas human actions and behaviours can.

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