Webinar | Working out Weeds: Using detector dogs in efforts to eradicate noxious alligator weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides)

EIANZ invites you to this webinar which will give a project overview examining the use of Oakley the conservation detector dog to locate noxious alligator weed (AW) (Alternanthera philoxeroides) in known infestations across Victoria. AW is a Weed of National Significance (WoNS) and is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia due to its invasiveness and environmental and economic impacts. This presentation will detail the survey results and examine the lessons learnt over the first two years of the project, as we trained and trialled a professional detector dog to assist with AW eradication efforts.

Meet the Speaker: Tracy Lyten | Director and Dog Handler | Skylos Ecology

Tracy, has over 20 years of business management experience, including 15 years' at National Parks land management agency Parks Victoria. Tracy specialised in natural values management, project and program management, stakeholder engagement, community engagement, local port management, occupational health and safety, commercial operations and event management.

As a dog handler, Tracy was an operational search & rescue dog handler for 6 years. Holding a position as an Australian Search Dog Framework working group member with the Federal Attorney General's Department, developing a policy for the Federal Government for the use and deployment of volunteer search & rescue dog teams during emergency situations in Australia.

Since 2013, Tracy has worked as a conservation detection dog handler, delivering on forestry, renewable energy industry, predator control and biosecurity programs in Victoria and New South Wales.

Event details

When: On demand

Where: Webinar

Cost: Free EIANZ Members, $10 Non-members

Registrations Close: 31st December 21 11:30 AM

Contact: Event and registration enquiries - +61 3 8593 4140 or

Register now and secure your attendance