Hester E. Williams PhD
Involved in research on the biological control of Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) and St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum).
Current research and/or projects
Biological Control of Ailanthus altissima in Canada.
Evaluation of the current status of the historical biocontrol programme on Hypericum perforatum in British Columbia, Canada.
Professional activities / interests
Collaboration with national and international researchers on biocontrol of invasive plants.
Education and awards
PhD Biological Science, Auckland University, 2020
M.Sc. Entomology, Rhodes University, 2003
Nat. Dipl. Agricultural Research - Botany, Tshwane University of Technology, 1994
International experience and/or work
South Africa (Agricultural Research Council - Plant Protection Research Institute)
- Biological control of several subtropical invasive plant species in South Africa, including: Lantana camara, Doxantha unguis-cati, and Tecoma stans.
New Zealand (Auckland University & Manaaki Whenua LandCare Research)
- Completed my PhD in Biological Science by using a biocontrol agent species as proxy to study processes underpinning the early stages of bio-invasion
Williams HE, CE Moffat. 2023. Tree of Heaven – Risks, Impacts and Prospects for Biological Control in Canada. ISCBC Invasives 2023 Forum & AGM. Feb 27 - March 2, 2023.2023 - View publication details
La lutte biologique en Colombie-Britannique: des écosystèmes disparates, des communautés diverses. 2022. Moffat, C.E., Nelson, T.D., Marshall, V., Williams, H.E., Ensing, D.J. Societe d'entomologie du Quebec reunion annuelle 2022. 27-28 Octobre 2022, Granby, QC.2022 - View publication details
Williams HE, CE Moffat. 2022. Tree of Heaven – Impacts, Promising Options for Biological Control, and risk posed to facilitate an Invasion of Spotted Lanternfly. BC Regional Invasive Species Organizations - Annual Meeting, Sept 28th, 20222022 - View publication details