Advisory Board and Editors Conservation Biology

Yolanda van Heezik

Associate Professor in the Zoology Department at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, with an interest in urban ecology and seabird ecology. Worked as a wildlife biologist in the Middle East and Southern Africa.

Sara Varela

I am working on Pleistocene mammal extinctions. Co-developer of R packages to download data from open access databases (rAvis and paleobioDB), and team member of, an open access repository to access climatic data for the past, present and future.

Scott Veirs

Oceanographer and bioacoustician facilitating the recovery of endangered regional icons of the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), particularly southern resident killer whales and Pacific salmon. I helped design and was the first major in the Earth Systems program at Stanford University, then received a M.S. and PhD in Oceanography at the University of Washington. In 2003 I founded Beam Reach and taught ~50 undergraduates and recent graduates to ask and answer their own marine field science questions from 2005-2012. During the same period I helped create the Salish Sea Hydrophone Network -- -- which I continue to administer.

Adriana Vergés

Dr Adriana Vergés, Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology at the Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation, UNSW Australia. President, Australian Marine Science Association NSW.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Marine Science from the National University of Ireland (Galway); MSc in Science Communication from Dublin City University (Ireland); PhD in Ecology from the University of Barcelona (Spain).

Jane M. Waterman

Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Manitoba and Research Fellow of the Mammal Research Institute, Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria. Academic editor of PLOS ONE and former Associate Editor of the Journal of Mammalogy.

Tom Webb

Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK. Marine macroecologist, interested in applying computational methods to mobilise data and to visualise and analyse the distribution and dynamics of marine biodiversity at large spatial scales.

Michael Wink

Professor of Biology and Director at the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology of Heidelberg University; Head of Biology Department. Editor of Diversity, Biotechnology Journal and Journal of Ornithology. Member of several editorial boards and scientific societies. Author of over 20 books and over 500 original peer-reviewed publications.

L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger

Dr. Wolfenbarger conducts research on the ecology and conservation of grassland species and communities in the agricultural landscape of the Great Plains. She also devotes research time to synthesizing information for policymakers and resource managers so that scientific results are readily available for decision makers.

S. Joseph Wright

Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Republic of Panama. Past President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.