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Yu Liang

Phd., Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Head of Landscape Process Research Group.

Brenda B Lin

Dr Lin's research examines how natural systems or components of natural systems can be maintained or integrated into an increasingly developed landscape to provide ecosystem services that optimise both environmental and human well-being.

One specific focus has been the development of integrated agricultural landscapes that provide ecosystem services that mitigate climate change impacts on agricultural food production. More recently, this research has moved into the built environment context to understand how ecosystem services may be helpful in protecting urban environments from projected climate change impacts.

After completing her doctoral research, Dr Lin joined the Earth Institute at Columbia University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on interdisciplinary issues of sustainable development and food security in agricultural systems under climate change. Prior to joining CSIRO, Dr Lin was a Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC. During this time she worked for the US EPA in the Office of Research and Development.
Dr. Lin joined CSIRO in November 2010 working within the Land & Water Division.

Dr Lin’s work is inherently interdisciplinary, as the interactions between humans and their environment are complex to manage. Much of the research is highly applied with the hope that the research will inform on future public policy and help create resilient socio-ecological systems.

Anja Linstädter

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.

Stephen J Livesley

Stephen investigates soil-plant-atmosphere interactions in natural and managed ecosystems. Stephen studied in the UK gaining a PhD in Soil Science and Agroforestry from The University of Reading.

At the University of Melbourne, Stephen has led research to quantify the carbon and greenhouse gas implications of landscape management and land-use change events in forest, woodlands and now the urban landscape. Stephen’s urban ecosystem research and teaching interests relate to the role of trees, soil and other vegetation systems in providing environmental and social benefits, such as microclimate cooling, energy saving, carbon sequestration, biodiversity habitat and improved nutrient / water cycling.

Barbara J MacGregor

Research Asst. Professor, Marine Sciences, Univ. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (2003-2017); Postdoctoral fellow, MPI – Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany (2000-2003); Research assistant and postdoctoral associate, Civil Engineering Dept., Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. (1994-1999); PhD, Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1994); BS (1984) and MS (1986), Biology and Marine Microbiology, University of Massachusetts - Boston.

Research projects include: new methods to directly link species identity with carbon source utilization; direct profiling of microbial communities without PCR; direct detection of microbial enzymes in environmental samples.

Brendan P Malone

My research focus is in using quantitative methods to precisely understand how soils function and change- spatially, and through time.

I research methods for comprehensive digital soil mapping aiming to characterize soil both in the lateral and vertical dimensions.

I research methods for quantifying (and validating) measures of uncertainty for these comprehensive soil information systems.

I investigate innovative systems for soil measurement, which includes that associated with remote and proximal and soil sensing instrumentation. I have particular interest in infrared and x-ray spectroscopy.

Bruno D V Marino

Bruno D.V. Marino is an American scientific entrepreneur involved in solving diverse social problems through a scientific lens and public purpose. Bruno has over 20 years’ experience in early stage companies serving in diverse roles including as CEO, COO, CTO and Director of Research. He founded Planetary Emissions Management, Inc. in 2007, and Planet Alpha in 2017, serving as CEO to both companies. His primary interest has been the impact of climate change on culture and an understanding of climate change effects on the biosphere. He has published extensively in these areas as well as environmental monitoring employing stable and radiogenic isotopes, ecosystem science and experimental manipulation of large enclosed human-rated engineered ecosystems. He is a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy, Johns Hopkins University (BA) and Harvard University where he was awarded a NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Fellowship to complete his PhD in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He holds an MA in Biological Anthropology also from Harvard. Bruno is a co-founder and Trustee of the PeaceKeeper Foundation whose mission is to promote peaceful negotiations around climate change for future generations. See: for relevant publications.

Monique Messié

Research specialist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) working on physical/biological interactions in the oceans.

My research combines satellite products, models and in situ data to study ecosystem processes and physical/biological interactions in the coastal and open oceans. Current areas of research include physical and biological variability at regional and global scales, ecosystem response to climate and ocean change, bioluminescence in the upper ocean, marine hotspots in the California Current, connections between surface, midwater and benthic communities, and the effect of tropical islands on phytoplankton biomass and biodiversity.

Leonardo Montagnani

I graduated in Forest Science from the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, in 1996. I took my Ph.D. in Forest Ecology at the University of Padova in 2000.
Since then I worked as a consultant for different Institutions, primarily the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, then with the Free University of Bolzano where I actually work as Assistant Professor, teaching Agroecosystems at the University of Innsbruck.
My main research area is the interaction between natural and cultivated systems and the atmosphere. In particular, as an expert in eddy covariance measurements, I developed a new mass conservation approach to quantify the non-turbulent transport of carbon dioxide from the forest to the atmosphere. More recently, I acted as lead author of the protocol for the quantification of the storage of CO2 and other gasses in the canopy air layer. I'm working also on soil processes and on the exchange of alpine vegetation and the atmosphere.

Jose M Montoya

Senior Researcher at the Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station, CNRS, at Moulis, France. Leader of the Ecological Networks and Global Change Research Group.

Kevin Mueller

I'm an assistant professor at Cleveland State University. My primary area of research is the ecology and biogeochemistry of temperate forests and grasslands, with an emphasis on plant-environment interactions. For example, I've studied the impacts of climate change, land management, and diversity loss on ecosystem functions of North American grasslands. I frequently use measures of plant functional traits or stable isotope ratios to better understand a variety of ecological concepts and biogeochemical processes, including how plants respond to the environment and interact with cycles of water, nutrients, and carbon.