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ryan.0x260.jpgRyan A Thum

Dr. Ryan A Thum received his BS from Florida State University and his PhD from Dartmouth College. His research program focuses on the ecological genetics of invasive aquatic plants, with specific emphasis on invasiveness and herbicide response in Eurasian and hybrid water milfoils. He is currently a Research Professor at Montana State University’s Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology Department in Bozeman, Montana.

liu.0x260.jpgZhengwen Liu

Zhengwen Liu (born in 1963 in Hubei, China) obtained his bachelor degree in fishery in 1984 from Huazhong Agricultural University (Wuhan) and master degree in geography from the Chinese Academy of Science in 1991. In 2000 he received his Ph.D. in limnology from University of Vienna (Austria). He is a research professor at Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, the Chinese Academy of Science. He also teaches courses and supervises graduate students as a professor at Jinan University (Guangzhou), Huazhong Agricultural University (Wuhan) and Sino-Danish College (Beijing) of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research areas include food webs, eutrophication process and ecosystem restoration of lakes. He was the chairman of the organizing committee of the SIL Symposium on Global Change and Freshwater Environments at Nanjing in 2009. He also organized the 7th International Symposium of Shallow Lakes at Wuxi (China) in 2011. He is also the main organizer of SIL Congress 2018 in China. He was guest editors of two special issues in Hydrobiologia. He is associate editors of Hydrobiologia, Inland Waters, and Limnology, and members of editorial board of Freshwater Biology and Aquatic Ecology. He has been served as the SIL national representative of China since 2004.

michael.0x260.jpgMichael Netherland

Dr. Michael Netherland has twenty five‐plus years of experience in research and management of aquatic invasive plants. Research projects have included laboratory, mesocosm, pond, and field demonstration treatments on a variety of submersed, floating and emergent invasive plants. Dr. Netherland has also worked closely with several agencies to monitor impacts to both target and non‐target native plants following large‐scale operational treatments on lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and canals. Research cooperators have included Corps of Engineers Districts, State Resource Agencies, Universities, and Private Industry. Over the past 7 years, 5 new herbicides have been registered in the USA for aquatic use. This recent increase has led to numerous questions from resource managers regarding benefits, risks, and economics associated with use of these new products. Dr. Netherland has conducted research and field‐scale evaluations of the recently registered herbicides and several potential new use patterns have emerged that will be of interest to managers charged with selective control of invasive plants on aquatic sites. Michael Netherland earned a M.S. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Purdue University and a Ph.D in Agronomy from the University of Florida. He served as the Editor for the Journal of Aquatic Plant Management from 2004 to 2011.