Advisory Board and Editors Conservation Biology

Michael J. Somers

The Director of and a lecturer in the Centre for Wildlife Management, and a core team member of the NRF-DST Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology at the University of Pretoria. Research interests are broad but include reintroduction biology, carnivore ecology and invasion ecology.

Isabel Sousa Pinto

Professor at the University of Porto and researcher at Ciimar: Centre for Marine and Environmental Research. She has a PhD in seaweed ecology, ecophysiology and cultivation from the University of California Santa Barbara. Her main research is in biodiversity and ecology of benthic communities and the biology, cultivation and use of seaweeds and she is the Head of the Laboratory of Coastal Biodiversity. She is also member of the Steering/Executive Committees of several international and European programs as: EPBRS - European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy, MABEFF+ – European Institute for the study of Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning, MARS - European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations, EMBOS - Development and implementation of a pan-European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System, and co-chair of the Working group on Marine Ecosystem Change from GEO BON – Biodiversity Observation Network and in the Portuguese delegation to the UN Convention for Biological Diversity

Margaret C Stanley

Margaret Stanley is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology with the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity (CBB), School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland (NZ). Her research seeks to understand and mitigate human impacts on terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems (particularly via disruption of community level interactions, e.g. plant-animal mutualisms). Her primary research focusses on the impacts and mitigation of both invasive species and urban development.

Gavin B Stewart

Gavin is interested in applied research synthesis (combining scientific information to inform policy). Primary interests are meta-analysis and Bayesian belief networks. He has a deep mislike of P values much preferring effect sizes and confidence intervals, or better still probabilities of direct relevance to decision-making. Gavin's work on meta-analysis spans applied agriculture, food, rural development, ecology and medicine reflecting a belief in generic methods for Evidence Based X (EBX).

I am an elected member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methods and associate editor of its journal, Research Synthesis Methods. I am also associate editor for PeerJ and statistical editor for the Cochrane Pain and Palliative Care Group. I’m a member of the National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Meta-analysis Working Group and co-author of the Handbook of Meta-analysis in ecology and evolution. I am also co-chair and editor of a new Campbell Collaboration Food Security group.

Jonathan D Tonkin

My research is focused around what promotes and maintains biodiversity at a range of spatial scales. Much of my work focuses on stream ecosystems, but my interests are question focused, not system specific. While my central interest lies in disentangling the mechanisms that structure metacommunities, I also tackle questions ranging from local to global, and from community ecology through to macroecology. I focus on a variety of basic ecological concepts and processes, including linkages between disturbance, productivity and diversity, biodiversity loss, ecosystem function, dispersal, and community assembly. I also aim to tackle applied ecological issues such as global change, land-use change, river regulation, and restoration, with the goal of applying ecological theory to effectively manage threatened ecosystems. My current research ties these issues together into the following three main themes: 1) Metacommunity ecology; 2) Global change ecology and macroecology; and 3) Restoration ecology. In light of these three themes, I am particularly focusing on the unique hierarchical and dendritic structure of river networks, and how this structure influences the biodiversity patterns of river communities.

Robert J Toonen

Research professor of Marine Biology at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in the School of Ocean & Earth Sciences & Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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.