Environmental scientist, explorer and science storyteller. She researchers how environmental changes affect mountain watersheds and the Arctic system, and their links to human well-being. She is an Associate Professor of Biology, Fort Lewis College. She is on the leadership team for Homeward Bound, an organization developing leadership for women in STEM. Founder of the Colorado Mountain Center. member American Geophysical Union.
My contribution to the field of Ecology as a geographer includes the development of a new spatially and temporally explicit modeling approach. This approach allows to better understand the impact of the hydrological cycle on ecosystem productivity and soil erosion. The novelty in this approach lies in the ability to simulate field (rather than synthetic) conditions of spatial heterogeneity and temporal dynamics using GIS. This allows confronting advanced mathematical models with ecosystem complexity by using experiments, observations and measurements. The research group I established introduced the concept of coupling numeric simulation using Richard's equations with real conditions of semiarid hillslopes using spatial databases. This way we were able to compute water budgets in the heterogeneous stony soils of dry environments. This modelling approach was also used to tackle current practical questions such as the effect of climate change on ecosystem productivity.
The broad view on ecohydrological processes helped me to get invited as Guest Editor to edit two special issues in two leading journals: Water Resources Research (WRR) and Geomorphology, and to author two review papers (published in Int. J. of Remote Sensing and in Movement Ecology). My experience allowed me also to initiate and lead an international workshop on Confronting Mathematical Models with Ecosystem Complexity, hosting distinguished scientists from all over the world.
Georg Umgiesser has two masters degrees in oceanography and physics and a PhD in biomedical sciences. He is working at the CNR as a senior scientist.
Principal fields of investigation are hydrodynamic modeling, circulation and sediment transport. He has developed a series of finite element models for shallow water bodies (SHYFEM) for the study of hydrodynamic processes, water quality and transport phenomena. He has participated in various EU projects dealing with the North Sea and the Mediterranean, turbulence studies and application of 3D models. He was a visiting professor at the Kyushu University, Japan. He is also lead researcher at the Open Access Center of Klaipeda University. He is the Italian coordinator of the ESFRI project Danubius-RI dealing with study on river-sea systems.
Dr. Simone Aparecida Vieira is a Researcher at the State University of Campinas, Environmental Research and Study Centre (NEPAM-UNICAMP) and Professor of Ecosystem Science at the Program in Ecology of the Institute of Biology, State University of Campinas (IB/UNICAMP). B.S. in in Agronomic Engineering, from University of São Paulo, MSc in Sciences at University of São Paulo, and a PhD and post-doc at Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (CENA/USP).
Dr. Vieira has experience in ecosystem ecology and a major theme of her research has been to study the functioning of Brazilian ecosystems, especially the Amazonian and Atlantic tropical forest, in terms of biogeochemical cycle, including here the forest structure and dynamic and their implication in carbon cycle.
Dr. Daniel von Schiller is a freshwater ecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist working at the University of Barcelona, Spain. His research focuses on understanding how global change shapes the functioning of fluvial ecosystems with particular interest in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams.
Jingzhe Wang received his Ph. D in Cartography and Geographic Information System from Xinjiang University, Urumqi, China, in 2019. He is now working as a research associate at MNR Key Laboratory for Geo-Environmental Monitoring of Great Bay Area, Shenzhen University. His research interests focus on Earth observation and remote sensing, spectral modeling, quantitative estimation of soil properties, digital soil mapping, GIS, spatial analysis, and environmental sustainability. He has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed international journals in these related research areas and has served as a reviewer for many journals and conferences including Remote Sensing of Environment, Ecological Indicators, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture.
PhD in water and nutrient cycling of pine plantation forests in Fiji. Specialised in the science of climate and land use change in relation to their impacts on surface and ground water hydrology and biogeochemical cycles. Expert in tropical natural and plantation forest ecohydrology, micro-meteorology, catchment hydrology, hydrochemistry and agricultural hydrology. Involved in a teaching a wide range of environmental water-related courses at BSc, MSc and PhD levels.
Matthew holds the CRCSI-LINZ Joint Professorial Chair in Spatial Information at the Geospatial Research Institute, University of Canterbury, New Zealand and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is a surface water hydrologist and geographical information scientist with specialisations including flood risk, surface water dynamics, water resources, remote sensing, numerical model development, uncertainty analysis and the assessment of the potential impacts of climate change. Previous research has included the assessment of the potential impacts of climate change on flood risk and water resources in the Caribbean and the analysis of surface water hydrodynamics on a 300 km reach of the Amazon River in Brazil. In New Zealand, he is currently working on the development of geospatial data infrastructure frameworks and methodologies for local to national scale multi-hazard risk assessment.
Dr. Hong Yang is a Associate Professor in Environmental Science, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading, UK. His research interests include the effects of climate change and human activities on water environment, water-energy-carbon nexus, and resource management. He has led and been involved in research projects funded by UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), European Research Council (ERC), Research Council of Norway (RCN), Chinese Natural Science Foundation (CNSF) and Chinese Academy of Science (CAS).