Advisory Board and Editors Conservation Biology

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Luiz A Martinelli

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.

John Measey

Senior Researcher at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, University of Stellenbosch; 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

Maurizio Mencuccini

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.

Ladislav Mucina

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.

Petteri Muukkonen

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 Nelson

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.

Per J Palsboll

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 B Paris

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.

Lael Parrott

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).

Stuart L. Pimm

Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. His international honours include the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2010), the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006)

Jeff Price

Dr. Price is a Senior Researcher in the Tyndall Climate Change Centre, University of East Anglia. He is the coordinator of the Wallace Initiative, an Australia/U.K. collaboration examining the potential impacts of climate change on biodiversity (125,000 species examined) and ecosystem services at temperatures of 1.5° - 6°C. He is completing work on the Helix project where he coordinated the development of ClimaCrop, a new tool for looking at the impacts of climate change on crop yields and suitability. He was one of the lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessment Reports, (and contributing author on the Fifth) for which he shares in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the IPCC. He also served on the Convention on Biological Diversity Ad-hoc Technical Expert Group on Climate Change and Biodiversity, and contributed to the U.K. Government’s Stern Review of the Economic Impacts of Climate Change (looking at health, agriculture and biodiversity) and the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change Impacts on the United States.

David A Ray

I am a broadly trained evolutionary biologist. I also taught high school Biology, Chemistry and Physics before returning to graduate school and earning my PhD from Texas Tech University in 2002. After that, I held postdoctoral and assistant professor positions at Louisiana State University, West Virginia University and Mississippi State University before returning to TTU as an associate professor. My research interests are in organismal and genome evolution with an emphasis on the impacts of transposable elements on both.