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Kabindra Adhikari

Kabindra Adhikari is a soil scientist with expertise in pedometrics, soil-landscape modeling, environmental data science and precision agriculture applications. He holds a PhD in Agroecology with research focusing on pedometrics. His research interests include digital soil mapping, pedology, soil sensing, terrain analysis, soil spectroscopy, soil carbon, soil morphometrics, and ecosystem services. He is developing tools and guidelines to promote precision conservation for croplands by coordinating geospatial data streams for the assessment of sub-field cropland productivity, economics, sustainability and environmental impacts.

Tika Adhikari

Dr. Adhikari is a senior research scientist and plant pathologist at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Research interests include population biology, plant disease resistance, genetic mapping, and plant-pathogen interactions; develop translational tools for pathogen detection; improve management practices for enhancing plant health, and mitigate bacterial and fungal disease problems with an emphasis on tomato and strawberry.

Mukhtar Ahmed

Research interests include: crop physiology, Agroecosystems modeling, simulation Modeling, forage modeling and Climate Change with experience in teaching, field/laboratory experiments, model parameterization and simulations, soil water dynamics, modeling nutrient use efficiency, forecasting using climatic drivers.

Rubén Rellán Álvarez

I am an Assistant Professor at the National Laboratory of Genomics and Biodiversity in México since 2015. I did a postdoc in the Plant Biology Department of the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford and a PhD in the Aula Dei Experimental Station in Zaragoza, Spain.

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.

Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari

Dr. Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari, Tenured Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Group Leader, Plant Biotechnology Research Group at the Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Dr. Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari's expertise covers a range of subjects including, Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Genomics; more specifically his research covers the areas of plant biotechnology, biosafety and environmental biotechnology.

Carmen Arena

Carmen Arena is Associate Professor in Ecology at the Department of Biology of the University of Naples Federico II. She conducts researches in the ecological disciplines, dealing with studies concerning photosynthesis and morpho-functional adaptation strategies of higher plants in response to mono and multiple stresses in natural and controlled environments, with applications in ecological and agronomic field and space-oriented research.

The research activity holds three main issues:
1) Regulation of the photosynthetic process in response to abiotic ecological factors in the context of environmental change.
2) Study of plant growth in an extra-terrestrial environment.
3) Plant-soil interactions in natural and anthropized ecosystems.
These researches include a) the eco-physiological response of crop species to light quality; (b) the morpho-functional strategies of plant in phytoremediation studies (c)) the relationship between soil pollution, edaphic communities and photosynthesis in higher plants used in biomonitoring studies.
C. Arena is author of more than 120 publications, 80 of them peer-reviewed ISI-WoS/Scopus, and participated to more than 150 National and International congresses and workshops, most of them as speaker and invited speaker.

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.

Paula Baptista

Paula Baptista is currently Auxiliary Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB), coordinator of the topic "Sustainable Agriculture and Innovative Agro-food Chains" of the “Mountain Research Center” and the convenor of the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC), working group ‘Integrated protection of olive crops”. Her main interests are focused on plant-microbe-insect interactions, biological control, plant microbiome and microbial biocontrol agents.