Advisory Board and Editors Conservation Biology

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.

Anastazia T Banaszak

Research Professor at the Unidad Académica de Sistemas Arrecifales (Reef Systems Academic Unit) a campus of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México located in Puerto Morelos in the Mexican Caribbean. Her undergraduate education was at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia followed by her graduate degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA and a postdoctoral appointment at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Maryland, USA.

Her research interests include the photobiology of phytoplankton, corals and coral reef dwelling-organisms as well as coral reproductive biology and ecology. Most recently, she has become involved in research on best practices for culturing coral species for use in restoration projects.

She is a topic editor for Coral Reefs, council member of the International Society for Reef Studies and serves on the scientific advisory boards for the Healthy Reefs Initiative and SECORE International and is on the steering committees of the Coral Restoration Consortium and the Meso-American Reef Restoration Group.

Amanda E Bates

The global redistribution of species is leading to large-scale community change. Gaining a process-based understanding for what factors create species and community resilience under environmental variability is an important research objective for our time. My research aims to address this theme by linking physiological thresholds of organisms to the environment they experience to quantify changes in species distributions, the outcome of species interactions, and community patterns. My approach is to link spatial and temporal trends in abiotic variables at biologically relevant scales using standardized experimental protocols, complementary laboratory and field approaches, meta-analytic approaches, and modern statistical tools.

Peter Beerli

Professor in Scientific Computing; Training as an evolutionary biologist working with water frogs in the Mediterranean Sea; Distributor of the Bayesian population genetics inference program MIGRATE.
Interested in computational biology, in particular in computational population genetics and phylogenetics

Giovanni Benelli

My research focuses on behavioral ecology and biological control. I have published more than 300 papers in international journals with impact factor. I cooperate with more than 80 researchers on various research projects, including FP7 Collective Cognitive Robots and H2020 subCULTron.

I serve as Academic Editor/Executive Editorial Board Member for PeerJ, Acta Tropica, Parasitology Research, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, BioMed Research International, Journal of Cluster Science, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Current Organic Chemistry, Asia Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, Environmental Science and Pollution Research (SI: GREEN-NANO-PEST&DRUGS), Entomologia Generalis, and others.

Rudiger Bieler

Curator (research professor) in the Integrative Research Center, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago and Lecturer in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago

Research interests include evolutionary systematics, biogeography, comparative morphology, and taxonomy, with special focus on marine Mollusca, especially Gastropoda and Bivalvia. As a “museum person,” he is particularly interested in the development and application of organismal, collections-based research, ranging from extensive new field surveys and large-scale specimen and data management issues, to the integration of morphological, paleontological, and molecular data to address biological research questions. He recently served as lead PI of the Bivalve Assembling-the-Tree-of-Life (BivAToL.org) effort and is involved in coral reef restoration projects and associated invertebrate surveys in the Florida Keys. Past offices include service as president of the American Malacological Society and of the International Society of Malacology (Unitas), and he currently is a chief editor in the MolluscaBase.org effort.

Steven J Bograd

Dr. Steven Bograd is an oceanographer at NOAA’s Environmental Research Division in Monterey, California, and an Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Ocean Sciences, University of California-Santa Cruz. His research is focused on physical-biological interactions, eastern boundary current systems, climate variability, marine biologging, fisheries oceanography, and ecosystem-based management. He is currently involved in a number of research projects studying climate variability and its impacts on the marine ecosystems of the North Pacific Ocean. Steven was co-Principal Investigator of the Census of Marine Life’s Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) program, and is currently an Editor-in-Chief at Fisheries Oceanography and co-chair of the PICES FUTURE Scientific Steering Committee. Steven received his PhD in Oceanography from the University of British Columbia in 1998, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography before coming to NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in 2001.

Alison G Boyer

Research scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Chief Scientist of the ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) since 2016. The ORNL DAAC provides data management, curation, and data disimmenation for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terrestrial Ecology Program.

Joint Faculty Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

General research interests: global change ecology, biogeography, and biodiversity. Her research uses remote sensing data, machine learning, and other data science tools to understand the past and present interactions between human societies and ecological communities.

John F Bruno

John Bruno is a marine ecologist and Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research is focused on marine biodiversity, coral reef ecology and conservation and the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems. John earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University in disease ecology. He is currently working primarily in Belize, the Bahamas, Cuba, and the Galapagos Islands.

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva

Professor of Geography, University of Miami. Director (2001-2003), Vice-President (2003-2010), and Executive Vice-President (2010-2014), Conservation International. Associate Professor, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Graduate Advisor in three Brazilian Universities: Universidade Federal do Pará, Universidade Federal da Paraíba and Universidade Federal do Amapá. Past President, Brazilian Ornithological Society. Fellow of the American Ornithologist’s Union and the Linnean Society of London.

Hugo Cerda

Dr. Hugo Cerda is a South American internationally acknowledged insect ecology scientist: Prometeo Researcher (Ecuador), Jinshan Scholar (China), Marie Curie Fellow (European Union), Invited researcher (Brock University Canada), Invited researcher (Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research IVIC), Profesor Titular (Full Professor) University Simon Rodriguez of Venezuela and the highest scientific position of Venezuelan Ministry of Science (PEI C, PPI 1)

He has won numerous awards such as the International Foundation for Science to young scientist (Sweden); British Council Scholarship award (UK), Ibero-American Cooperation award (Spain).

He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, with 608 citation, two authorized patents, and has hundreds of presentations at conferences making him a unique applied agriculture academic (1% citation threshold criteria)

He has teach and do research in 14 academic institution of three different continents: University Simon Rodriguez, Simon Bolivar University and IVIC (Venezuela), Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Universidad de Chile (Chile), Amazon State University and Chimborazo Polytechnic High School (Ecuador), Imperial College of London University (UK), Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), Jagellonian University and Academia of Science (Poland), University of Bourgogne (France), University of Padua (Italy), and Agricultural and Forestry University in Fujian, China.

Suchana Chavanich

Dr. Suchana Chavanich received her bachelor degree in Marine Science from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She then further pursued her master degree in Biology at Central Connecticut State University and her Ph.D. in Zoology at University of New Hampshire, USA. Later on, she was also certified as a scuba diving instructor.

Dr. Chavanich has a broad base of ecological research interests that involve the study of nearshore species from tropical to polar regions. In addition, her research focuses on conservation and restoration of marine ecosystems particular on coral reefs. Currently, Dr. Chavanich is also the Project Leader of Coastal Marine Biodiversity and Conservation in the Western Pacific under the UNESCO/IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific.

In Thailand, additional to her research work, Dr. Chavanich is considered to be Thailand’s first female scientist to go to Antarctica and Thailand’s first female scientist to go diving in Antarctica. Her research work on Antarctica has inspired Thai and young people. Thus, in 2013, she was selected to be one of the 100 Most Inspiring People in Thailand, and in 2015 as one of 17 Asia Power Women of Inspiration, selected by Her World Magazine. Because of her work, Dr. Chavanich has received several awards, for example, UNESCO-IOC/WESTPAC Outstanding Scientist Award and UNESCO-L’OREAL For Women in Science Award in Thailand.