Michelle Leishman is an internationally renowned biologist who works in the fields of plant invasion biology, climate change impacts and adaptation, conservation and urban ecology. She is highly cited with more than 170 published book chapters and journal articles. She leads a research group in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University and is Director of MQ’s Smart Green Cities. She has led the development of widely used online tools for climate change adaptation, in close association with government and currently leads the Which Plant Where project which aims to facilitate resilient and diverse green urban spaces. Michelle is a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and Chair of their Scientific and Conservation Committee. She is also on the Board of Australia’s leading independent conservation organisation, Bush Heritage Australia, and an elected council member of the Australian Flora Foundation.