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Advisory Board and Editors Ecosystem Science

Thomas Backhaus

Professor for Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, with a main interest in regulatory (eco)toxicology and risk assessment of complex exposure situations.

Joe Bailey

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. My lab focuses on: 1) the factors that influence patterns of biodiversity with a specific focus on plant genetic variation, genotypic diveristy, and phylogenetic diversity. 2) The impacts of plant genetic variation and genotypic diversity on associated biodiversity and ecosystem function. Recipient of the Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Rising Star Leadership Fellow.

Emily S. Bernhardt

Emily Bernhardt is a biogeochemist who is broadly interested in the capacity of ecosystems to retain nutrients and energy in the face of human accelerated environmental change. The bulk of her research examines the effects of land use change and chemical pollution on the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems and the potential for restoration and mitigation approaches to reverse ecosystem degradation.

Stuart E. Bunn

Professor Bunn is the Director of the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University in Brisbane. His major research interests are in the ecology of river and wetland systems with a particular focus on the science to underpin river management, and he has published widely on this topic.

Robert Costanza

Professor and Chair in Public Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. Editor in Chief, Solutions (www.thesolutionsjournal.org). Senior Fellow, Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm, Sweden; Senior Fellow, National Council on Science and the Environment, Washington, DC; Affiliate Fellow, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont; deTao Master of Ecological Economics, deTao Masters Academy, Shanghai China

Natasha de Vere

Head of Conservation and Research at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University.

Vincent Gauci

Head of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in the Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems. Director of the NERC Methane Network 'MethaneNet' . Specialises in aspects of ecosystem science and biogeochemistry relating to biosphere atmosphere exchange.

Leon Higley

I received a B.A. in chemistry from Cornell University in 1980, an M.S. (entomology) in 1984, and a Ph.D. (entomology/crop production and physiology) from Iowa State University in 1988. My research focuses on insect ecology (esp ecophys) across basic and applied areas. Active work includes forensic science (decompositional ecology and blow fly physiological ecology), conservation biology, plant-insect interactions (esp. photosynthesis and insect injury) and pest management theory.

Michael A. Huston

Professor, Department of Biology, Texas State University - San Marcos, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA. Formerly a Senior Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. PhD University of Michigan 1982. My research has focused on understanding the causes of spatial and temporal variation in species diversity, primarily of plants, but also of animals, in terrestrial, aquatic, and marine systems.

Paul C Jepson

The Director of the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University and Professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, State IPM Coordinator for Oregon and Associate Director of the Western IPM Center. Leads an international research and extension program in agriculture, leading to a sustainable intensification of production that contributes to food security.

Lian Pin Koh

Lian Pin is Assistant Professor of Applied Ecology and Conservation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). He is a tropical ecologist by training. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University (2008), where he studied the environmental and policy implications of oil-palm development in Southeast Asia. Since then, his research has focused on key scientific and policy issues concerning tropical deforestation and its impacts on carbon emissions, biodiversity and people.

Herbert D. G. Maschner

Director, Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH); Director of the Center for Archaeology, Materials, and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS); Professor of Anthropology; Senior Scientist at the Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC). Idaho Academy of Sciences Distinguished Scientist, Elected Fellow of the AAAS. Specialist in coupled natural and human systems, marine biocomplexity, and arctic systems and peoples.