Advisory Board and Editors Agricultural Science

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Javier Alvarez-Rodriguez

My research concerns the influence of nutritional and management strategies on livestock physiology and product (milk and meat) quality (sheep, cattle and swine).

Jose Amador

Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology in the Dept. of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island.

The research of our lab spans various aspects of the ecology and microbiology of soil, water, and wastewater. We are interested in understanding the interplay among microorganisms, flora and fauna, and the physical environment, and how this affects the biogeochemical processes they carry out, as well as their fate. This knowledge can be used to address a variety of contemporary environmental problems, from optimizing soil-based wastewater treatment, to identifying the sources of bacterial contamination in surface waters, to improving soil quality and sustainable food production. We are also interested in science education, including novel pedagogical approaches to teaching soil science, teacher training, and experiential education.

Vladimir Badenko

Current positions:
* St.Petersburg Polytechnic University
Professor of Water Management and Hydraulic Construction Department
* St.Petersburg State University
Professor of Cartography and Geoinformatics Department

Research Interests:
Geoinformation systems (GIS) in regional planning and land use management
BIM & laser scanning; Coupling of environmental physics models and GIS; Agroecosystem modeling in GIS environment; Fuzzy logic methods for decision support in GIS environment.

Research Projects:
2011-2014 GIS for drainage system monitoring in Leningrad oblast'
2009-2010 GIS for support of investment program of "RusHydro" company
2001-2004 Information system for the register of the underwater potentially dangerous objects of Russian Federation
1998-2001 GIS for natural resource evaluation in Leningrad oblast'
2017-…. Research and development of algorithms and software for the processing, storage and visualization of laser scanning and photography data

Volker Bahn

I am an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Wright State University. Previously I was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University working in Macroecology with Brian McGill. My PhD is from the University of Maine in Wildlife Ecology with advisers Bill Krohn and Raymond O'Connor, and MS (German Diplom) in Conservation Biology from Philipps University Marburg with Harald Plachter and Peter Poschlod, in collaboration with Alan Burger from University of Victoria.

Teri Balser

Professor Teri Balser is Dean of Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University, where she came after having been Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. She received a Ph.D. in soil microbiology came from the University of California at Berkeley, and she completed postdoctoral research in ecosystem ecology at Stanford University. She is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, and was recently named to the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

Her research centers on understanding microbial community-level ecophysiological responses to stress, disturbance, and change, and the consequences of these for ecosystem functioning. She has worked in countries worldwide studying restoration, carbon sequestration, invasive species, biodiversity, and land use/land cover.

In addition to international recognition as an accomplished research scholar, Dr. Balser is widely known in higher education as a change agent and leader in Science, Technology Engineering and Math education (STEM). She is a co-founder of the Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), a National Vision and Change Fellow with the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE), and was a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair to India in 2015 to help build capacity at the national level for pedagogically advanced and responsive STEM education.

Matthew PG Barnett

I'm currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Food Nutrition & Health Team, AgResearch Limited, one of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes (CRIs). I'm based at the University of Auckland's Liggins Institute, being involved in several projects investigating the importance of nutrition for health throughout life. The primary focus of these projects is intestinal health, but I'm also interested other aspects of human health, including cognition and mobility.
I graduated from The University of Auckland in May 2005 with a PhD in Biological Sciences. My thesis research focused on the importance of a mother’s diet during gestation and lactation on the risk of type-2 diabetes in her offspring. Since 2001 I've worked for AgResearch in a range of roles (including Research Associate, FRST Postdoctoral Fellow, and Research Scientist) and on a variety of topics. I was part of the Nutrigenomics New Zealand collaboration from 2004-2014, working on understanding how our diet and genome interact to influence health with a particular focus on intestinal function.
I'm also the Section Editor (Nutrigenomics) for the European Journal of Nutrition.

Jacqueline Batley

Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia. I hold an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Research interests include plant-pathogen interactions, crop genetics and genomics, genome sequencing, Brassicas, structural variation, diversity genomics, methylation

Claudia Bauzer Medeiros

Claudia Bauzer Medeiros is full professor of databases at the Institute of Computing, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. She has received Brazilian and international awards for research, teaching, and for her work in fostering the participation of women in IT-related activities. Reserch centered on the management of scientific data and eScience, in particular involving agro-environmental planning, biodiversity, workflow systems and geographic information.

Giovanni Benelli

Giovanni Benelli got an International Ph.D. in Agrarian and Veterinary Sciences at University of Pisa and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. He worked in several international institutions, including University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA) and University of Jaén (Spain).
Giovanni serves as a research entomologist and lecturer at University of Pisa. He has been recently appointed as Affiliated Researcher at The BioRobotics Institute, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.
His research focuses on entomology, ecotoxicology, animal behaviour and biological control, with a major focus on arthropod vectors of medical and veterinary importance.
Giovanni serves as Editor for Environmental Science and Pollution Research, PeerJ and Entomologia Generalis, as well as for Editor/Editorial Board Member for other top-ranked international journals.
Besides, Giovanni cooperates with more than 100 researchers worldwide on various research projects, including FP7 Collective Cognitive Robots, H2020 subCULTron and the Taiwan National Nano Project MOST-105-2119-M-008-006.
He has published more than 400 articles in international journals with impact factor. His H-index is higher than 35, with more than 5000 total citations.
He has been awarded with several prizes from international and national organizations.
In view of his expertise and top-cited articles on mosquito biology and control, Giovanni has been recently interviewed on Nature (www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-02179-0).

Laura M Boykin

Laura Boykin is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia. She is interested in using genomic data to answer real-world problems. Specifically she is interested in invasive species, particularly Bemisia tabaci (whiteflies). Other areas of interest are: comparative genomics, phylogenetic analyses (of DNA sequences) and also high performance computing. Combining all of the above to help smallholder famers in Africa is her ultimate goal. She was recently named a TED 2015 and presented her work on cassava whitefly at TED in Vancouver.

Rachel A Burton

I am currently a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, based at the University of Adelaide. I undertook my PhD at the John Innes Centre, Norwich. My expertise is in the areas of plant molecular biology particularly as it relates to cell wall biosynthesis, re-modeling and degradation and how these impact cereal end use quality. I also have an interest in the development and application of novel experimental methods for transcript profiling and gene discovery.

Andrew W Byrne

Veterinary epidemiologist at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast, UK, and an Honorary Lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, UK. My research interests are primarily focused on infectious disease in wildlife and domestic hosts, wildlife ecology and management, and the concept of "one health".