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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.

Gabriela B Nardoto

I have an interest in studying coupled biogeochemical cycles, especially on how nutrients control the carbon cycle in the Neotropics (tropical forest and savanna ecosystems). I also have an interest in using stable isotopes in Forensic Sciences especially on tracking the origin of trafficked fauna in the Neotropics. In terms of human ecology I am interested in tracking food insecurity in urban and rural areas in Brazil using the stable isotope approach.

Craig E Nelson

I am a microbial systems biologist specializing in the structure and function of natural bacterial communities in aquatic habitats such as coral reefs, lakes, streams, and the open ocean. My research broadly seeks to identify novel bacteria and understand their role in ecosystem processes and biogeochemical transformations. Much of my work centers around culture-independent phylogenetic and metagenomic characterization of natural microbial communities and measurement of biogeochemical processes and chemical constituents in the surrounding environment which regulate and are regulated by these microbes. I maintain ancillary projects understanding the microbiomes of eukarya (corals, humans, amphibians, macroalgae) and studying bacterial pathogens in natural waters in the context of water quality.

David M 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.

Fabrice Not

I'm a staff researcher at CNRS-Station Biologique de Roscoff (France). As a biological oceanographer, my research interest focus on plankton ecology and evolution using genomics and microscopy approaches.

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.

Hugh Possingham

Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Ecology. Director of The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. Director of The National Environment Research Program hub for Environmental Decisions

Nichole N Price

Nichole Price is a Senior Research Scientist and Director of a new center focused on securing sustainable, nutritious, and safe seafood for generations to come at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. The center for Seafood Security seeks to translate cutting-edge marine science to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. Nichole’s research and partnerships with NOAA, the Nature Conservancy, the US Geological Survey, and US Fish and Wildlife have taken her SCUBA diving around the globe on coral reefs in Africa, Asia, and across remote islands in the Central Pacific. More recently, she has focused her work in Southern California and the Gulf of Maine where she has partnered closely with members of the seaweed and shellfish industries to develop remediation strategies for ocean acidification, nutrient loading, and low oxygen conditions.

Nichole earned her Ph.D. in marine ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and became a postdoctoral scholar and project scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography before moving to Maine. She has 10 years experience on the studying impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and uses this knowledge to help find evidence-based, local solutions to global challenges.

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.

Diogo B Provete

I am an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Statistical Ecology at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. My primary research interests include metacommunity ecology, biogeography, macroecology, and macroevolution. I often use phylogenetic comparative methods, geometric morphometrics, and multidimensional analysis in my research. I'm an elected member of the Science Committee of the Ecological Society of America and serve as an Associate Editor for Amphibia-Reptilia, Journal of Herpetology, and Herpetological Journal. So far, I have published 30 papers on ecology and herpetology in international journals, 4 book chapters, in addition to a book on Biogeographical patterns of South American Anurans by Springer. My research has been featured in F1000 Prime and several Brazilian newspapers. I have advised four master's students. I have been invited to present research results in Swansea, Argentina, Recife, and São Paulo. I served as Editor-in-Chief for Check List, and also was a member of the editorial board of four other zoology journals.

Muhammad Riaz

Dr. Riaz works as an Associate Professor in Environmental Science at Government College University Faisalabad after earning his PhD in Environmental Science from University of York, UK in 2011. He received postdoctoral trainings at University of Adelaide Australia, WSL/ETH/UZH Switzerland and Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands. His research interests include soil biogeochemistry, CNP cycling in natural, semi-natural and managed ecosystems, biochar for soil quality and C sequestration in agroecosystems, soil organic matter dynamics in arid and semiarid agriculture, soil quality and health indicators, organic waste cycling and recycling, nutrient and water use efficiencies in agriculture, and effects of pollutants including toxic metals on soil biological functions. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications and 15 book chapters. He has been serving as reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals and an affiliated member of professional societies including British Society of Soil Science, Institute of Professional Soil Scientists, ASA/CSSA/SSSA, American Society of Microbiology and Soil Science Society of Pakistan.

Coen J. Ritsema

Professor of Soil Physics and Land Management at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Recipient of Honorary Professorships at i) Deakin University, Australia, ii) the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, and iii) Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering, Russia.