Anja Linstädter is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cologne and head of the Range Ecology and Management Group. Her research focuses on global change impacts on managed terrestrial ecosystems. She is particularly interested in the interactive effects of global change agents - such as grazing and drought - on the functioning of African drylands, and in consequences for ecosystem service delivery. Ultimately, her research aims at designing ecosystem-based management strategies.
Amylin Chair in Life Sciences, UCSD. Recipient George Beadle Award, Genetics Society of America 2012. Former Editor, EVOLUTION. Former President, Society for the Study of Evolution. Director, Drosophila Species Stock Center, UCSD. Former Director, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona. Regents' Professor University of Arizona. Recipient, Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Fellow, American Association for the Advancement in Science.
Dr. Marquet is a Chilean Ecologist, known for his contributions in the fields of macroecology, theoretical ecology, conservation, and global change, and author of 190 publications including three books. Early in his carrier he started working on the quest for general principles underlying the complexity of ecological systems that contributed to the disciplines of metabolic ecology and ecological scaling. His work on the relationship between the size of organisms and their abundance proved to be of great generality as well as his work on the evolution of body size on landmasses; connecting body size to area, evolution, and fitness. He pioneered the development of Metapopulation models in dynamic landscapes uniting concepts from epidemiology and ecology and the emergence of power laws in ecological systems, being among the first to provide empirical evidence of Self-Organized Criticality in ecological systems using the extinction record of birds in Hawaii. In parallel, he carried important work on the conservation of vertebrate species and on the impact of climate change in the Americas and Europe. His current work focuses on the emergence of ecological diversity, the drivers and consequences of human cultural complexity and the integration of theories in ecology. He is member of the Chilean National Academy of Science, a former Guggenheim Fellow and member of the science board of several national and international organizations.
Professor of Environmental Sciences, CENA - University of São Paulo. Elected Fellow, Brazilian Academy of Science.
Experience in the field of Ecology, with an emphasis on Dynamics of Tropical Ecosystems using stable isotopes as a tracer of carbon, nitrogen and water cycles.
Senior Researcher at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, University of Stellenbosch; Editor-in-Chief: African Journal of Herpetology; Associate Editor Salamandra; Associate Editor: BioInvasions Records; IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Regional Chair for southern Africa; IUCN Red List Assessor (RLA) for African amphibians
The ICREA Research Professor of Plant and Ecosystem Ecology at CREAF (Research Centre for Ecology and Forestry Applications, Barcelona, Spain). He was Professor of Forest Science at the University of Edinburgh (UK) until 2017. He was a visiting fellow at Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, USA (1999) visiting Scientist at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2009) and at CSIRO (Tasmania, Australia; 2010) and Eminent Scholar at University of Western Sydney (Australia, 2012-2016).
Maurizio Mencuccini’s research interests encompass scales from cells to ecosystems, with a main focus on the long-distance transport of water and carbon via the xylem and phloem in plants and use of stable isotopes in ecology. His recent focus has been on improving our understanding of the water relations of trees and the impacts of drought frequency and intensity on the physiology of trees and forests.
Laco Mucina, born on in then Czechoslovakia (today Slovakia) received his education and was awarded scientific degrees and pedagogical qualifications in Slovakia and at the Technical University Berlin (Germany). He served as professor at universities on so far four continents ― in Austria, Italy, Sweden, Kuwait and South Africa. In 2013 he was appointed the Iluka Chair in Vegetation Science and Biogeography at The University of Western Australia. Laco served in number of universities on four continents (Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia), published 400 scientific papers and 26 books, served as editor of several international scientific journals. His global scientific interests span descriptive vegetation science (especially vegetation surveys, classification and mapping), biodiversity science, biosystematics, molecular phylogeny, evolutionary biology, biogeography, environmental management, plant community restoration, and conservation biology. His major scientific contributions involve the development of the habitat system of the European Union, classification of the indigenous forests of South Africa, and vegetation map South Africa – all not only authoritative scientific sources and also important tools of environmental legislature in Europe and South Africa.
Dr. Petteri Muukkonen is a senior lecturer in geoinformatics. He is a geographer, and specifically owns a strong background in biogeography and in geoinformatics. He has mainly studied various biogeography and forestry themes in the boreal forest environment. For example, Dr. Muukkonen has studied carbon sequestration and carbon cycle, biomass surveys and monitoring, spatial autocorrelation of soil characteristics, landscape fragmentation, habitat changes and remote sensing of forest landscape. Geoinformatics (GIS and remote sensing) has been present in some way in all of his research topics.
David is a stable isotope ecologist. He studies diverse topics across various spatial and temporal scales, including the ecology and evolution of C4 grasses, bird and bat migration in the context of renewable-energy development, and forest and watershed biogeochemistry. He is also interested in the development of novel tools for isotopic analysis of small organic materials.
Professor of Marine Evolution and Conservation.
We apply population genetic/omic theory and data to fundamental and applied aspects in evolution, ecology, and conservation. Our focus is mostly on marine organisms, especially marine mammals.
Claire Beatrix Paris is a Professor in the department of Ocean Science, University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Director of the Physical-Biological Interactions Lab, she focuses on biophysical dispersion at sea, as well as the transport and fate of pollutants and oil spills from deep-sea blowout. Paris has brought recognition to the key role of behavior of the pelagic larval stage in the connectivity of marine populations and the function of ecosystems.
Paris has developed numerical and empirical tools for her laboratory’s research, both used worldwide: the Connectivity Modeling System (CMS) is an Open-Source Software (OSS) that virtually tracks biotic and abiotic particles in the ocean, and the Drifting In Situ Chamber (DISC) is a field instrument used to track the movement behavior of the early life history stages of marine organisms and detect the signals they use to orient and navigate.
Dr. Lael Parrott is a Professor in Earth & Environmental Sciences, Geography, and Biology, Director of the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES), and Leader of the Complex Environmental Systems Lab, at The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. Prior to joining UBC, she was an Associate Professor in Environmental Geography and Director of the Complex Systems Laboratory at Université de Montréal (2001-2012).