Jiří Hulcr is an Associate Professor at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, USA with PhD degrees from Michigan State University, and the University of South Bohemia. He studies complex symbiotic interactions among beetles, fungi, bacteria. In doing so, he address fundamental questions about the evolutionary origin of fungus-farming symbiosis, the chemistry that makes it function, and how these tree-killing symbioses affect trees, forests, and people. Much of his work also focuses on the role of globalization on intercontinental movement of ambrosia beetle invasions.
Christelle Robinet is a senior scientist in the Unité de Recherches de Zoologie Forestiere, INRA Val de Loire, d'Orléans, France. Her work focuses on the analysis of invasion risk at various invasions stages ranging from arrival in pathways, establishment in various non-native habitats and spread into new geographical regions. She approaches these problems mostly through development of mathematical models to simulate the potential entry and spread of invasive species; these models are applied to explore candidate management strategies.