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Jorge Curiel Yuste

Dr. Jorge Curiel Yuste, leads the group of "Terrestrial Ecology" within the BC3. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Antwerp (UA, Belgium) in 2004. Since then, he has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Biometeorology (Biometlab) lab at the University of California, Berkeley (Prof. Dennis D Baldocchi, 2004-2007) a Marie Curie fellow (Intra-European Fellowship (IEF)) in the Global Ecology Unit at the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) of Barcelona (2007-2009), a postdoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB; Contractes doctoral D'Intensificatió I3, 2009-2011) and a "Ramón y Cajal" research fellow at the Museum of Natural History (MNCN, CSIC). Since 2017 he holds an Ikerbasque Research Professorship at the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3). At the moment he is also responsible for the group of "Plant and soil Interactions" (PlanSoil within the Asociaciión Española de Ecología Terrestre (AEET)

G Matt Davies

I am Assistant Professor of Soil and Plant Community Restoration in OSU's School of Environment and Natural Resources. My research focuses on developing methods for the restoration and management of ecosystem properties and functions including vegetation community composition, habitat structure, fire regimes and carbon and nutrient cycling. Current research sites include temperate, semi-arid and tropical ecosystems.

Yunting Fang

By using stable isotope labelling and natural abundance approaches, I conduct research to:

1) explore how forest ecosystems respond to global environmental changes, e.g., N deposition and global warming;
2) reveal tree growth and N cycling in the past 200 years;
3) quantify nitrogenous gas losses and the contribution of microbial processes from terrestrial ecosystems soils;
4) examine plants plasticity and link them to plant biodiversity.

Maria Luisa Fernandez-Marcos

Maria Luisa Fernandez-Marcos graduated in Chemical Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 1976. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1985, specializing in Soil Science. Between 1979 and 1987 she was a secondary school teacher.

Since 1987 she is a professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela, in the area of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, where she has taught Soil Science, Environmental Pollution and related subjects. Her main research lines are: soil chemistry, soil fertility and management, biogeochemical cycles, soil and water pollution, environmental soil science, waste management and recycling, tropical soils, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

She is a member of the Spanish Society of Soil Science, Soil Science Society of America, International Union of Soil Sciences and Ibero-American Society of Environmental Physics and Chemistry.

Scott Ferrenberg

I am a terrestrial population, community, and ecosystem ecologist interested in understanding how global change pressures influence biotic populations and community states, and how potential shifts in trait and/or species distributions will affect ecological functioning in arid, semiarid, and subalpine ecosystems. I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at New Mexico State University where I am the PI of the Global Change Ecology Lab (GCEL).

Violette Geissen

Since 2000: Priv. Doz. of Soil Science and Soil Ecology at INRES, University of Bonn, Germany; 2002-2008: Professor of Soil Science at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico; Since 2009: Senior Scientist (Soil degradation) at Wageningen University and Research Center

Miquel A Gonzalez-Meler

Professor and director of undergraduate studies at the department of Biology at the university of Illinois at Chicago. Studies the interactions between ecosystems and environmental factors in a changing climate. Major tools are ecosystem manipulations (changes in temperature, precipitation, CO2) and isotopes to understand the effects and feedbacks between the terrestrial biosphere and climate and how those affect humans.

Anders J Hansen

Anders J. Hansen (AJH) has extensive experience working with characterization of genetic material in difficult samples either being aDNA, eDNA, forensic genetics or degraded DNA. AJH was one for the first to use DNA technology to characterize species contents in ancient environmental samples like ice and permafrost. Currently AJH’s research interests predominant focus on forensic genetics as well as genetic identification and discovery by metagenomic analysis of DNA and RNA in complex tissue samples, recent and ancient sediments including permafrost with the aim of describing the composition, regulation and distribution of genes, microorganism, phage’s, viruses and more.

Michael G LaMontagne

Ph.D. Biology, Boston University. NATO Advanced Study Institute: Molecular Ecology of Aquatic Microbes. NASA Planetary Biology Intern at the Center for Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Marine Biological Laboratory, Summer Course in Microbial Diversity, Woods Hole, MA

Research Projects include: Microbial Ecology; Plant-Microbe Interactions; Metagenomics; Microbial Discovery; Biogeochemistry.

Blanca B. Landa


Ph.D. Agricultural Engineer, Institute of Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, and University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain. July, 1999.


Population biology and biogeography of soilborne pathogens and biocontrol angents in the rhizosphere. Integrated control of plant pathogens; Rhizosphere microbial ecology; Biocontrol; Molecular diagnosis; Metagenomic analysis of microbial populations.

Xavier Le Roux

Senior scientist (DR1) INRA ; Microbial and ecosystem ecologist . Research team Leader at the Microbial ecology centre of Lyon-Villeurbanne (France)

Research topics include : response of microbial communities involved in N dynamics (nitrification, denitrification...) to global change factors and disturbances ; and bacterial biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships.

* >110 articles in peer-reviewed journals; h=44 (WoS) or 54 (GoogleScholar)
* Member of the Academy of Europe
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* Coordinator of the European network BiodivERsA

Kyoung Jae Lim

Professor of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kangwon National University in Korea.

Vice President of Korean Society of Agricultural Engineers from 2018 - 2019