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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.

Chiyuan Miao

Chiyuan Miao is a full professor in the Faculty of Geographical Science,Beijing Normal University, China. His researches mainly focus on the soil erosion (slope scale), Eco-hydrology (watershed scale) and climate change (continent/global scale).

Budiman Minasny

Professor in soil-landscape modelling at Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, the University of Sydney. Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. He is passionate about the role of soil in managing climate change, food, water, energy security and maintaining biodiversity. He has more than 170 international journal publications, won numerous awards, and is recognised as the leader in digital soil mapping and modelling.

He is a member of the editorial board of Geoderma, PLOS ONE.

John W Moreau

Dr. Moreau is a geomicrobiologist who studies how microorganisms influence the form and mobility of nutrients and contaminants in soil, sediments and groundwater. He is particularly interested in the roles of iron- and sulfur-cycling bacteria, and their interactions with toxic metals such as mercury, arsenic and uranium. His group works on problems involving microbes in wetlands, mines, hot springs, the ocean, and the deep subsurface, and employs a range of techniques including metagenomics, electron microscopy, and synchrotron spectroscopy. Moreau obtained his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006, was a U.S. National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey from 2006-2008, and is currently a Sr. Lecturer and Director of the Environmental Microbiology Research Initiative (EMRI) at the University of Melbourne.

Monika Mortimer

Project Scientist at Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Earth Research Institute, University of California Santa Barbara. Research interests and experience include ecotoxicology, environmental effects of engineered nanomaterials, fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern, and microbiology.

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.

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.

Christian Schröder

My overarching interest lies with the (bio)geochemical iron cycle and how it is linked to the cycling of other elements such as carbon, sulphur or phosphorus. My Research ranges from the interaction of minerals, microorganisms and contaminants in the groundwater to aqueous mineralogy and geochemistry on Mars. I strive to foster cross-fertilisation between the environmental sciences and planetary exploration.

Mark M Smits

Lector (lecturer) at HAS University of Applied Sciences in the fields of biology, soil science and data analysis. Previously worked as postdoc at Hasselt University, Lund University and University of Sheffield. PhD in soil science and geology at Wageningen University.

Tal Svoray

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.

Mark Tibbett

Professor of Soil Ecology at the University of Reading. Co-Editor-in-Chief of Soil Research.

Research interests include mycorrhiza, plant-soil interactions, terrestrial biogeochemistry and restoration ecology.