Stefan Dullinger

Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, University of Vienna, Austria.

Stefan Dullinger is Professor of Vegetation Science at the University of Vienna. His work focuses on understanding and predicting the effects of human driven environmental change on the biogeography and biodiversity of plants, but also of other taxonomic groups, at local to global scales. He research uses field data and experimental methods as well as macroecological analyses and modelling approaches. Since his PhD, most of his studies have been concentrated on mountain ecosystems, particularly those of the European Alps. In addition, he is interested in the ecology of biological invasions and the development of methods to analyse and forecast the spread of invasive species.

Stephan Hättenschwiler

Centre of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology (CEFE), CNRS, University of Montpellier, France

Stephan Hättenschwiler studied at the University of Basel, Switzerland, for a master in Biology and a PhD in physiological ecology with a thesis on the effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration on forest ecosystems. After postdoctoral fellowships at the Department of Biology at Stanford University and at the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Basel he was appointed on a CNRS position at the Centre of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology (CEFE) in Montpellier, France, where he heads the department of “Functional Ecology” since 2012. S. Hättenschwiler kept a broad interest in various areas of ecology with a focus on global change ecology and ecosystems ecology. His recent work is on plant litter decomposition and biogeochemical cycling in a variety of ecosystems including Amazonian and Mediterranean forests. He has a particular interest in the understanding of the relationships between above- and belowground biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and how it is influenced by climate change.

Claudio Gratton

Department of Entomology, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, USA

Dr. Gratton has been on the faculty in the Entomology department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison since 2003. His research group works broadly on the landscape ecology of arthropod food webs in agricultural landscapes. Their research has examined the role of unmanaged “non-crop” lands in the agricultural matrix and their effects on the abundance and diversity of beneficial insects including predators and pollinators and their effect on the provisioning of ecosystem services in agricultural habitats. Recent work in bioenergy landscapes has been as part of the sustainability team of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). Research in the lab looking at the linkages between ecosystems also extends to examining the relationships between lakes and streams and the adjacent terrestrial landscapes and the role of aquatic insects in creating those linkages. Recently, he has been part of bee and butterfly conservation efforts in the state.

Dr. Gratton received his BS in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1991) and his PhD in Entomology from the University of California – Berkeley (1997). At UW he teaches courses in Basic and Applied Insect Ecology, Agroecology, Field Ecology, and Multivariate Methods in Ecological research. He is a current Associate Editor of Ecological Applications. He is a recipient of the Vilas Research Fellows award (2017), and is a Stanford-Woods Institute Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow (2013).

Tentative Title: “Can we design sustainable bioenergy landscapes? Balancing our needs for production and biodiversity”

Nina Buchmann

Department of Environmental Systems Science, Institute of Agricultural Sciences at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Nina Buchmann (born 1965) studied Geoecology in Bayreuth, Germany, where she also received her doctoral degree. As early as for her Diploma and doctoral theses, she focused on the process- and system-oriented understanding of terrestrial ecosystems, at the time, nutrient and nitrogen dynamics in forests. During three years as an Alexander-von-Humboldt fellow at the University of Utah, USA, she continued working with stable isotopes, i.e., carbon isotope applications to understand the carbon dynamics in forest and agricultural ecosystems. After finishing her Habilitation in botany in 1999, she continued as an ecosystem ecologist with her own research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. She expanded into a new research field, i.e., biodiversity-ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services in grasslands, working in managed as well as in experimental grasslands such as the Jena Experiment. Since 2003, she is full Professor of Grassland Sciences at ETH Zurich. Her main research topics include (1) plant ecophysiology and ecosystem biogeochemistry, (2) biospheric-atmospheric greenhouse gas (CO2, H2O, CH4, N2O) exchange of forests, grasslands and croplands in response to climatic conditions and management regimes, and (3) mechanisms underlying biodiversity-ecosystem services relationships in grasslands. More recently, she also got interested in the economic assessment of ecosystem services provided by grasslands. Over the last 20 years, she served on many committees dealing with strategic development, recruitment and evaluation, as well as funding decisions. She has contributed as PI and workpackage leader to many international projects, chaired two large European programs on stable isotope applications, and now runs with her group the Swiss FluxNet, a network with six flux towers across Switzerland. She has authored more than 240 peer-reviewed journal papers, supervised more than 50 doctoral students, and worked with almost 30 postdocs and senior scientists. In 2007, she received the ETH Zurich award "Das Goldene Dreirad" (The Golden Tricycle) for the most family and staff friendly leader at ETH Zurich, and became member of the German National Academy of Sciences.

Pedro Beja

CIBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto, Portugal

Pedro Beja (born 1965) studied Biology at the University of Lisbon, and received a PhD in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen (1996). After completing his PhD, he worked as wildlife manager at the Portuguese Institute of Nature Conservation (1996-1998), as Assistant Professor at the University of Algarve (1998-2001), as researcher and environmental consultant at the private company ERENA (2001-2009), and as researcher at CIBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (2009-present). Currently he his Research Professor and Vice-Director of CIBIO, where he holds the EDP Biodiversity Chair (since 2012), and is the coordinator of a research group on Applied Population and Community Ecology. His main research interests are related to the conservation of biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes, including agricultural, forest and freshwater systems, with a special attention to the actual application of conservation research. His research has mainly been carried out in Mediterranean ecosystems, but he also developed studies in Africa and South America. Recently he is increasingly interested the use of DNA Metabarcoding to explore research questions related to environmental monitoring, species-interactions, and the responses to anthropogenic stressors of highly-diverse arthropod communities.

Kerry Naish

School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Kerry is a Professor in evolutionary and conservation genetics at the University of Washington. Her work is aimed at studying population responses to environmental change in aquatic species, and informing conservation actions such as reintroductions and supportive breeding. As such, her group uses a combination of molecular genomics, quantitative genetics, and field studies. Her current research in Pacific salmonids is aimed at elucidating the dynamics of disease resistance in wild and supplemented populations, in exploring the use of gene flow in preventing divergence in supportive breeding programs, and in describing eco-evolutionary processes governing population size in natural systems. She is also investigating effective restoration strategies in eelgrass, and the use of pteropods as early indicators of the effects of ocean acidification. She is currently an Associate Editor for Evolutionary Applications and is serving on a National Research Council panel on coral reef restoration.