Emma Archer, Prof.

Pro­fes­sor Ar­cher is a geo­gra­pher, working on su­stainable agri­cul­tu­re/ma­na­ged eco­sy­stems and cli­ma­te in Af­ri­ca. She is an As­so­cia­te Pro­fes­sor in Geo­gra­phy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Stu­dies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pre­to­ria, and is cur­rent­ly the Ac­ting Di­rec­tor of the Cent­re for En­vi­ron­men­tal Stu­dies.

Af­ter her PhD at Clark Uni­ver­si­ty in the nor­the­a­stern US, she un­der­took a NO­AA Glo­bal & Cli­ma­te Chan­ge post­doc­to­ral fel­lowship at the In­ter­na­tio­nal Re­se­arch In­sti­tu­te for Cli­ma­te Pre­dic­tion (IRI) at Co­lum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty in New York; co-ho­sted by the Penn­syl­va­nia Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty.  Her re­se­arch fo­cus is on dry­lands, with ex­pe­ri­en­ce throughout the SADC re­gi­on and on the con­ti­nent.  Amongst other du­ties, she has ser­ved as a co-chair of the In­ter­go­vern­men­tal Pa­nel on Bio­di­ver­si­ty and Eco­sy­stem Ser­vices Af­ri­ca As­sess­ment (www.ip­bes.net), as a Co­or­di­na­ting Lead Aut­hor (CLA) on the Fo­rests and Wa­ter As­sess­ment of the Glo­bal Fo­re­stry Ex­pert Pa­nels (GFEP), as a Re­view Edi­tor on GEO-6; and she is cur­rent­ly an As­so­cia­te Edi­tor for the jour­nal We­a­ther, Cli­ma­te and So­cie­ty,  and a Cli­ma­te Chan­ge Chan­nel Edi­tor for PLOS (www.plos.org).  

Eduardo S. Brondizio, Prof.

Edu­ar­do S. Bron­di­zio is Di­stin­gu­is­hed Pro­fes­sor of An­thro­po­lo­gy, De­part­ment of An­thro­po­lo­gy, In­dia­na Uni­ver­si­ty Bloo­m­ing­ton, USA, whe­re he al­so di­rects the Cen­ter for the Ana­ly­sis of So­ci­al-Eco­lo­gi­cal Land­scapes (CA­SEL).

Com­mit­ted for three de­ca­des to field-ba­sed re­se­arch on hu­man-en­vi­ron­ment in­ter­ac­tion and so­ci­al-en­vi­ron­men­tal chan­ge in the Ama­zon re­gi­on, Bron­di­zio has al­so cont­ri­but­ed to se­veral re­gio­nal and glo­bal as­sess­ments. Bron­di­zio has ser­ved on nu­me­rous in­ter­na­tio­nal sci­en­ti­fic bo­dies and as Co-Chair of the Glo­bal As­sess­ment of Bio­di­ver­si­ty and Eco­sy­stem Ser­vices (2016-2019) of the In­ter-go­vern­men­tal Sci­ence-Po­li­cy Plat­form on Bio­di­ver­si­ty and Eco­sy­stem Ser­vices (IP­BES). Bron­di­zio ser­ves as Co-Edi­tor-in-Chief of Cur­rent Opi­ni­on on En­vi­ron­men­tal Su­staina­bi­li­ty [El­se­vier].

Odette Curtis, Dr.

Dr. Odet­te Cur­tis holds a PhD (2013) in Bo­ta­ny from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cape Town (UCT), an MSc Zoo­lo­gy (2005) and a B-Tech in Na­tu­re Con­ser­va­ti­on (CPUT). Odet­te ma­na­ged the Black Har­ri­er & Black Spar­row­hawk Pro­jects from 2000-2006 at UCT; un­der­took a pi­lot stu­dy on game­birds in Re­no­st­er­veld (2007) and was con­trac­ted by Cape­Natu­re’s Ste­wardship Pro­gram­me from 2007-2011.

In 2012, she star­ted the Over­berg Re­no­st­er­veld Con­ser­va­ti­on Trust (ORCT, www.over­ber­gre­no­st­er­veld.org.za), an NPO de­di­ca­ted to se­cu­ring the last rem­nants and cor­ri­dors of re­mai­ning Re­no­st­er­veld in the Over­berg for con­ser­va­ti­on. Odet­te has ser­ved on the board of the Bree­de-Gou­ritz Catch­ment Ma­nage­ment Agen­cy ; the Fyn­bos Fo­rum Com­mit­tee; the We­stern Cape Field Tri­al Club Com­mit­tee and the Com­mit­tee of the Bo­ta­ni­cal So­cie­ty’s sou­thern Over­berg branch.Odet­te has dis­co­ve­r­ed se­veral plant spe­ci­es new to sci­ence in Re­no­st­er­veld, two of which has be­en na­med af­ter her. In 2014, she re­cei­ved both the Flo­ra Con­ser­va­ti­on Award from the South Af­ri­can Bo­ta­ni­cal So­cie­ty, and the CAPE Fyn­bos Con­ser­va­ti­on Award for ‘her pas­si­on, de­di­ca­ti­on and in­no­va­ti­ve ap­proach towards the con­ser­va­ti­on of cri­ti­cal­ly end­an­ge­red bio­di­ver­si­ty.’

Sandra Díaz, Prof.

San­dra Díaz is in­te­re­sted in plant func­tio­n­al traits and ge­ne­ral pat­terns of func­tio­n­al spe­cia­liza­t­i­on, their ef­fects on eco­sy­stem pro­per­ties and their in­ter­ac­tions with glo­bal chan­ge dri­vers.

She con­struc­ted the first glo­bal quan­ti­ta­ti­ve pic­tu­re of es­sen­ti­al func­tio­n­al di­ver­si­ty of vas­cu­lar plants –the glo­bal spec­trum of plant form and func­tion- pro­vi­ding a back­drop for evo­lu­tio­na­ry, eco­lo­gi­cal and bio­geo­che­mi­cal mo­del­ling stu­dies. She has ad­van­ced theo­ry and prac­tical im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of the con­cept of func­tio­n­al di­ver­si­ty and its ef­fects on eco­sy­stem pro­per­ties and be­ne­fits. She com­bi­nes her plant eco­lo­gy stu­dies with in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry work on how dif­fe­rent so­cie­ties va­lue and re­con­fi­gu­re bio­lo­gi­cal com­mu­nities and eco­sy­stems. San­dra is a Pro­fes­sor of Eco­lo­gy at Cór­do­ba Na­tio­nal Uni­ver­si­ty, and a se­ni­or mem­ber of the Na­tio­nal Re­se­arch Coun­cil of Ar­gen­ti­na. She foun­ded Núcleo Di­ver­Sus on Di­ver­si­ty and Su­staina­bi­li­ty, and co-foun­ded the Glo­bal Com­mu­nal Plant Trait In­itia­ti­ve TRY. She co-chai­red the Glo­bal As­sess­ment of the In­ter­go­vern­men­tal Plat­form on Bio­di­ver­si­ty and Eco­sy­stem Ser­vices. She is a mem­ber of the Aca­de­mies of Sci­ence of Ar­gen­ti­na, USA, Fran­ce, and the De­ve­lo­ping World, and a For­eign Mem­ber of the Roy­al So­cie­ty. She has be­en was awar­ded the Coz­za­rel­li Pri­ze (2008), the Mar­g­alef Pri­ze in Eco­lo­gy (2017), the Sencken­berg Award for Na­tu­re Re­se­arch (2019), the Gun­ne­rus Award in Su­staina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence (2019), and the Prin­cess of Astu­ri­as Award for Sci­ence (2019).

Benis Egoh, Dr.

Dr Be­nis Eg­oh is an as­si­stant pro­fes­sor at the De­part­ment of Earth Sy­stem Sci­ence, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ca­li­for­nia, Ir­vi­ne (UCI). She holds a Ma­ster de­gree in Con­ser­va­ti­on Bio­lo­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cape Town and a PhD in Zoo­lo­gy from Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­si­ty.

Be­fo­re joi­ning UCI, she worked for the CSIR in South Af­ri­ca as a prin­ci­pal re­se­ar­cher and the Eu­ropean Com­mis­si­on du­ring which she cont­ri­but­ed to va­rious po­li­cy im­ple­men­ta­ti­on tasks in­clu­ding the de­ve­lop­ment of a frame­work for map­ping and as­sess­ment of eco­sy­stem ser­vices which is being used by EU mem­ber sta­tes. Be­nis’ area of in­te­rest lies in ge­ne­ra­ting re­se­arch out­puts on bio­di­ver­si­ty and eco­sy­stem ser­vices that are re­le­vant for po­li­cy im­ple­men­ta­ti­on. The­se in­clu­des the iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on of prio­ri­ty are­as for con­ser­va­ti­on ac­tions such as re­sto­ra­ti­on and pro­tec­tion. She is a C1 ra­ted re­se­ar­cher in South Af­ri­ca, a lead aut­hor of the IP­BES Af­ri­can as­sess­ment and an exe­cu­ti­ve mem­ber of ESP.

Lenore Fahrig, Prof.
Leno­re Fah­rig is Chan­cell­or's Pro­fes­sor in the De­part­ment of Bio­lo­gy at Car­le­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, Ot­ta­wa, Ca­na­da, and a Fel­low of the Roy­al So­cie­ty of Ca­na­da. Fah­rig and her stu­dents stu­dy the ef­fects of ha­bi­tat loss, ha­bi­tat frag­men­ta­ti­on, roads and traf­fic, agri­cul­tu­ral in­ten­si­fi­ca­ti­on, and ur­ba­niza­t­i­on on bio­di­ver­si­ty.
Workineh Kelbessa Golga, Prof.

Worki­neh Kel­bes­sa is Pro­fes­sor of Phi­lo­so­phy at Ad­dis Aba­ba Uni­ver­si­ty, Ethio­pia. He holds a PhD in Phi­lo­so­phy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wales, Car­diff, now Car­diff Uni­ver­si­ty, United King­dom, an MA in de­ve­lop­ment stu­dies from the In­ter­na­tio­nal In­sti­tu­te of So­ci­al Stu­dies of Eras­mus Uni­ver­si­ty Rot­ter­dam, the Nether­lands and a BA in Phi­lo­so­phy from Ad­dis Aba­ba Uni­ver­si­ty.

At Ad­dis Aba­ba Uni­ver­si­ty, he was the chair of Phi­lo­so­phy De­part­ment from 2001 to 2004, 2006 to 2007 and 2016 to 2019. Kel­bes­sa has re­cei­ved se­veral re­se­arch grants, and aut­ho­red 2 books, over fif­teen peer-re­view­ed re­se­arch ar­ti­cles across a wi­de spec­trum of jour­nals, 2 en­cy­clo­pe­dia ar­ti­cles, twen­ty-se­ven book chap­ters, 1 re­se­arch re­port, and two re­views in the fields of en­vi­ron­men­tal ethics, de­ve­lop­ment ethics, cli­ma­te ethics, Af­ri­can phi­lo­so­phy, glo­ba­liza­t­i­on, phi­lo­so­phy of love and sex, and in­di­ge­nous know­ledge. He is a mem­ber of UNESCO’s World Com­mis­si­on on the Ethics of Sci­en­ti­fic Know­ledge and Tech­no­lo­gy, and the In­ter­na­tio­nal Pa­nel on So­ci­al Pro­gress. Kel­bes­sa was al­so a re­se­arch fel­low of the Alex­an­der von Hum­boldt Foun­da­ti­on ba­sed at the In­sti­tu­te of Bo­ta­nic and Land­scape Eco­lo­gy of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Greifs­wald, Ger­ma­ny, from 2007 to 2008 and in 2015, he re­tur­ned to Ger­ma­ny on sab­ba­ti­cal as a re­ci­pi­ent of an Alex­an­der von Hum­boldt Foun­da­ti­on Re­turn Fel­lowship. He con­duc­ted his re­se­arch at the Fo­rum Sci­en­tiar­um of the Eber­hard Karls Uni­ver­si­ty Tü­bin­gen. Cur­rent­ly, he is a Vi­sit­ing Hum­boldt Re­se­arch Fel­low at the In­ter­na­tio­nal Cent­re for Ethics in the Sci­en­ces and Hu­ma­nities of the Eber­hard Karls Uni­ver­si­ty Tü­bin­gen, Ger­ma­ny.

Andrew Light, Prof.

An­d­rew Light is Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­fes­sor of Pu­blic Po­li­cy, Phi­lo­so­phy, and At­mo­s­phe­ric Sci­en­ces at Ge­or­ge Ma­son Uni­ver­si­ty, and Di­stin­gu­is­hed Se­ni­or Fel­low in the Cli­ma­te Pro­gram at the World Re­sour­ces In­sti­tu­te, in Wa­shing­ton, D.C.  From 2013-2016 he ser­ved as Se­ni­or Ad­vi­ser and In­dia Coun­selor to the U.S. Spe­cial En­voy on Cli­ma­te Chan­ge, working on the se­ni­or stra­te­gy team for the UN cli­ma­te ne­go­tia­ti­ons.

In re­co­gni­ti­on of this ser­vice, An­d­rew sha­red in a Su­pe­ri­or Ho­nor Award from the U.S. De­part­ment of Sta­te for his work crea­ting and ne­go­tia­ting the Pa­ris Agree­ment.  An­d­rew is the aut­hor of over 100 ar­ti­cles and book chap­ters, pri­ma­ri­ly on cli­ma­te chan­ge, re­sto­ra­ti­on eco­lo­gy, and ur­ban su­staina­bi­li­ty, and has aut­ho­red, co-aut­ho­red, and edi­ted 19 books, in­clu­ding En­vi­ron­men­tal Va­lues (2008), Mo­ral and Po­li­ti­cal Re­a­so­n­ing in En­vi­ron­men­tal Prac­tice (2003), and En­vi­ron­men­tal Prag­ma­tism (1996).  He is cur­rent­ly ser­ving on a U.S. Na­tio­nal Aca­de­mies of Sci­ence Pa­nel on re­se­arch and go­ver­nan­ce of so­lar geo­en­gi­nee­ring.

Markku Oksanen, Dr.

Mark­ku Oksa­nen ear­ned his PhD de­gree in phi­lo­so­phy in 1998 from Uni­ver­si­ty of Tur­ku. From 2002 he has be­en teaching phi­lo­so­phy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ea­stern Fin­land, ex­cept bet­ween 2009-2014 when he was on lea­ve as the Aca­de­my Re­se­arch Fel­low.

He al­so con­duc­ted doc­to­ral stu­dies at Car­diff Uni­ver­si­ty (1992-93) and post-doc stu­dies at Lan­ca­ster Uni­ver­si­ty (2000) and ma­de so­me shor­ter re­se­arch vi­sits to the Nether­lands, Ca­na­da, Gre­at Bri­tain and the USA. Oksa­nen has co-edi­ted three vo­lu­mes, Phi­lo­so­phy and Bio­di­ver­si­ty (Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2004), The Ethics of Ani­mal Re-crea­ti­on and Mo­di­fi­ca­ti­on: Re­vi­ving, Rewil­ding, Re­sto­ring (Pal­gra­ve 2014) and En­vi­ron­men­tal Hu­man Rights: A Po­li­ti­cal Theo­ry Per­spec­tive (Rout­ledge 2018). His ar­ti­cles has be­en pu­blis­hed in ma­ny an­tho­lo­gies and pe­ri­o­di­cals, such as Am­bio, En­vi­ron­men­tal Va­lues, En­vi­ron­men­tal Po­li­tics, Ethics, En­vi­ron­ment and Po­li­cy, and Ethi­cal Per­spec­tives. His re­se­arch in­te­rest co­ver broad­ly the fields of en­vi­ron­men­tal ethics and green po­li­ti­cal theo­ry, in­clu­ding en­vi­ron­men­tal hu­man rights and rights of na­tu­re, and emer­ging phi­lo­so­phi­cal and ethi­cal is­sues in bio­di­ver­si­ty con­ser­va­ti­on and glo­bal war­ming (e.g. de-extinc­tion, as­si­sted mi­gra­ti­on, rewil­ding, cli­ma­te mi­gra­ti­on).

Unai Pascual, Prof.
Prof. Un­ai Pas­cu­al gra­dua­ted in eco­no­mics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of the Bas­que Coun­try (1996), ob­tai­ned his Ma­ster in en­vi­ron­men­tal eco­no­mics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of York, UK (1997) and his PhD in En­vi­ron­men­tal Eco­no­mics in 2002 al­so from the Uni­ver­si­ty of York.

Af­ter lec­tu­ring at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Man­che­ster (2000-2002) he mo­ved to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge (2002-2011). Sin­ce 2011 he is Iker­bas­que (Bas­que Foun­da­ti­on for Sci­ence) Re­se­arch Pro­fes­sor at the Bas­que Cent­re for Cli­ma­te Chan­ge (BC3). From 2015 to 2018 he was mem­ber of the mul­ti­di­sci­pli­na­ry ex­pert pa­nel (MEP) of IP­BES, being in­vol­ved in va­rious as­sess­ment ma­nage­ment com­mit­tees, lead aut­hor of the Glo­bal As­sess­ment (2018) and cur­rent­ly co-Chair of the Va­lues As­sess­ment (2018-2021). He is co-Chair of the Na­tu­ral As­sets Know­ledge Ac­tion Net­work of Fu­ture Earth, and mem­ber of the sci­en­ti­fic stee­ring com­mit­tee of the Glo­bal Land Pro­gram­me and eco­SER­VICES (al­so of Fu­ture Earth) as well as mem­ber of va­rious in­ter­na­tio­nal ad­vi­so­ry com­mit­tees such as of Bio­di­vER­sA, the net­work of na­tio­nal and re­gio­nal fun­ding or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons pro­mo­ting pan-Eu­ropean re­se­arch on bio­di­ver­si­ty and eco­sy­stem ser­vices.

Pragati Sahni, Dr.

Pra­ga­ti Sah­ni is As­so­cia­te Pro­fes­sor of Phi­lo­so­phy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of De­lhi. She com­ple­ted her PhD from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don and has be­en a com­mon­wealth scho­lar. She was ap­poin­ted Vi­sit­ing Pro­fes­sor of In­dian Stu­dies at Car­le­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, Ot­ta­wa, Ca­na­da for the win­ter term in 2016.

Her are­as of in­te­rest in­clu­de en­vi­ron­men­tal phi­lo­so­phy and Bud­dhist ethics. She is the aut­hor of En­vi­ron­men­tal Ethics in Bud­dhism: A Vir­tu­es Ap­proach and has co-edi­ted Un­der­stan­ding Ethics.

Andy Purvis, Prof.
An­dy Pur­vis is a Re­se­arch Lea­der and In­di­vi­du­al Me­rit Re­se­ar­cher at the Na­tu­ral Hi­sto­ry Mu­se­um in Lon­don. His group’s re­se­arch most­ly uses sta­ti­sti­cal mo­del­ling of lar­ge, he­te­ro­ge­nous da­ta com­pi­la­ti­ons to tack­le a wi­de ran­ge of questi­ons in con­ser­va­ti­on, eco­lo­gy and evo­lu­ti­on. He leads the PRE­DICTS (Pro­jec­ting Re­s­pon­ses of Eco­lo­gi­cal Di­ver­si­ty In Chan­ging Ter­re­stri­al Sy­stems) pro­ject, which mo­dels glo­bal­ly how land use and re­la­ted pres­su­res im­pact lo­cal ter­re­stri­al bio­di­ver­si­ty and pro­jects from the­se mo­dels to in­fer past, pre­sent and pos­si­ble fu­ture bio­di­ver­si­ty. Among other fin­dings, PRE­DICTS show­ed that we ha­ve cros­sed the pro­po­sed pla­ne­ta­ry boun­da­ry for bio­di­ver­si­ty, but that pro­tec­ted are­as re­tain hig­her lo­cal bio­di­ver­si­ty than un­pro­tec­ted sites, and that the land-use chan­ges in the dif­fe­rent Sha­red So­cio­eco­no­mic Pa­thway sce­na­ri­os will cau­se di­ver­gent tra­jec­to­ries for bio­di­ver­si­ty. He was a Co­or­di­na­ting Lead Aut­hor on the IP­BES Glo­bal As­sess­ment, and was awar­ded the Marsh Award for Eco­lo­gy by the Bri­tish Eco­lo­gi­cal So­cie­ty in 2019.
Fabio Rubio Scarano, Prof.

Fa­bio Ru­bio Sca­ra­no was born in Rio de Ja­nei­ro, Bra­zil, whe­re he is Pro­fes­sor of Eco­lo­gy at the Fe­deral Uni­ver­si­ty of Rio de Ja­nei­ro, sin­ce 1993. He has a de­gree in Fo­re­stry from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bra­sí­lia and a Ph.D. in Eco­lo­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of St. An­d­rews, Scot­land.

Fa­bio has worked for pri­va­te com­pa­nies in the fo­re­stry sec­tor in Bra­zil, and for the Bra­zi­li­an go­vern­ment he held po­si­ti­ons in the Mi­ni­stry of Edu­ca­ti­on (2005-2011) and Mi­ni­stry of En­vi­ron­ment (2007-2009), when he was Sci­ence Di­rec­tor of the Bo­ta­ni­cal Gar­dens of Rio de Ja­nei­ro. He has al­so be­en a Se­ni­or Vice-Pre­si­dent at the NGO Con­ser­va­ti­on In­ter­na­tio­nal (CI; 2009-2015) and Exe­cu­ti­ve Di­rec­tor of the Bra­zi­li­an Foun­da­ti­on for Su­stainable De­ve­lop­ment (FBDS; 2015-2018). He has be­en a lead aut­hor in the la­test re­ports of the United Na­ti­ons’ pa­nels on cli­ma­te chan­ge (IP­CC) and bio­di­ver­si­ty (IP­BES), and in Bra­zil’s cli­ma­te chan­ge pa­nel (PBMC). Sin­ce 2015, he is one of the co­or­di­na­tors of the Bra­zi­li­an Plat­form on Bio­di­ver­si­ty and Eco­sy­stem Ser­vices (BP­BES). His sci­en­ti­fic pu­bli­ca­ti­ons and books are re­la­ted to cli­ma­te chan­ge ad­ap­ta­ti­on, su­staina­bi­li­ty sci­ence, sci­ence-po­li­cy in­ter­face, and bio­di­ver­si­ty con­ser­va­ti­on. His cur­rent to­pic of in­te­rest is Gaia, as a ho­lo­bi­ont, and the re­la­ti­onships bet­ween its com­po­n­ents: the at­mo­s­phe­re, the bio­s­phe­re, the tech­nos­phe­re and the noo­s­phe­re.

Rashid Sumaila, Prof.

Dr. Ra­shid Su­mai­la is Pro­fes­sor and Ca­na­da Re­se­arch Chair in In­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry Oce­ans and Fis­he­ries Eco­no­mics at the In­sti­tu­te for the Oce­ans and Fis­he­ries & School of Pu­blic Po­li­cy and Glo­bal Af­fairs, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bri­tish Co­lum­bia.

He spe­cia­li­zes in bio­eco­no­mics, ma­ri­ne eco­sy­stem va­lua­ti­on and the ana­ly­sis of glo­bal is­sues such as fis­he­ries sub­si­dies, il­le­gal fis­hing, cli­ma­te chan­ge and oil spills. Su­mai­la is wi­de­ly pu­blis­hed and ci­ted. He is on the Edi­to­ri­al Boards of se­veral jour­nals, in­clu­ding Sci­ence Ad­van­ces, Sci­en­ti­fic Re­ports and En­vi­ron­men­tal & Re­sour­ce Eco­no­mics. He is win­ner of se­veral awards, e.g., the 2018 UBC Pre­si­den­t's Award for Pu­blic Edu­ca­ti­on Through Me­dia; the 2017 Vol­vo En­vi­ron­ment Pri­ze; the 2017 Benchley Oce­ans Award in Sci­ence and the 2016 UBC Kil­lam Re­se­arch Pri­ze, Su­mai­la was na­med a Hok­kai­do Uni­ver­si­ty Am­bassa­dor in 2016. He has gi­ven talks at the UN Rio+20, the WTO, the Whi­te Hou­se, the Ca­na­di­an Par­lia­ment, the Af­ri­can Uni­on, the St Ja­mes Pa­lace, and the Bri­tish Hou­se of Lords.

Jens-Christian Svenning, Prof.

Pro­fes­sor Sven­ning re­cei­ved his PhD in tro­pi­cal eco­lo­gy in 1999. He has sin­ce then worked broad­ly in eco­lo­gy and bio­geo­gra­phy, with par­ti­cu­lar in­te­rest in the ba­sic me­cha­nisms un­der­ly­ing bio­di­ver­si­ty dy­na­mics and eco­lo­gi­cal com­mu­ni­ty as­sem­bly, bio­di­ver­si­ty-cli­ma­te re­la­ti­ons, the eco­lo­gy and di­ver­si­ty of trees and me­ga­fau­na, and in hu­man-bio­di­ver­si­ty re­la­ti­ons from preh­i­sto­ri­cal times to the fu­ture.

Gi­ven our cur­rent An­thro­po­ce­ne chal­len­ges and the bio­di­ver­si­ty and cli­ma­te chan­ge cri­ses in par­ti­cu­lar, pro­fes­sor Sven­ning has cou­p­led his fun­da­men­tal re­se­arch to ap­plied re­se­arch in con­ser­va­ti­on, re­sto­ra­ti­on and rewil­ding, and in eco­lo­gi­cal fo­re­ca­sting and re­mo­te-sen­sing-ba­sed mo­ni­to­ring, as well as de­ve­lo­ped a re­se­arch agen­da on the eco­lo­gy of the hu­man spe­ci­es and our clo­sest re­la­ti­ves. Pro­fes­sor Sven­ning is cur­rent­ly di­rec­tor for the Cen­ter for Bio­di­ver­si­ty Dy­na­mics in a Chan­ging World (BIO­CH­AN­GE) at Aar­hus Uni­ver­si­ty.

David Tilman, Prof.

Da­vid Til­man is Re­gents Pro­fes­sor and McK­night Pre­si­den­ti­al Chair in Eco­lo­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­ne­so­ta, and Di­stin­gu­is­hed Pro­fes­sor in the Bren School of En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Ma­nage­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ca­li­for­nia San­ta Bar­ba­ra. Til­man is an ex­pe­ri­men­tal and theo­re­ti­cal eco­lo­gist who­se long-term ex­pe­ri­ments and re­la­ted theo­ry show­ed that, and why, bio­di­ver­si­ty is a ma­jor de­ter­mi­nant of eco­sy­stem sta­bi­li­ty, pro­duc­tivi­ty, car­bon sto­ra­ge and sus­cep­ti­bi­li­ty to in­va­si­on.

Much of his re­cent work fo­cu­ses on agri­cul­tu­re, and seeks ways to pre­ser­ve bio­di­ver­si­ty and prevent extinc­tions whi­le still pro­vi­ding se­cu­re and healthy diets for all the peop­le of the Earth. Da­vid Til­man is a mem­ber of the Na­tio­nal Aca­de­my of Sci­ence and the Ame­ri­can Aca­de­my of Arts and Sci­en­ces, and a for­eign mem­ber of the UK’s Roy­al So­cie­ty. Other re­co­gni­ti­on in­clu­des the In­ter­na­tio­nal Pri­ze for Bio­lo­gy, the Hei­ne­ken Pri­ze for En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces, the Bal­zan Pri­ze in Plant Eco­lo­gy and the BB­VA Foun­da­ti­on’s Fron­tiers of Know­ledge Award.

Gary Varner, Prof.

Ga­ry Var­ner wro­te one of the first dis­ser­ta­ti­ons on en­vi­ron­men­tal ethics (Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin–Ma­di­son 1988) and has sin­ce pu­blis­hed three books and over 60 shor­ter pie­ces on re­la­ted to­pics, in­clu­ding hun­ting, ani­mal agri­cul­tu­re and hu­man nutri­ti­on, me­di­cal re­se­arch and clo­n­ing of ani­mals, and pet ow­nership.

His books are: In Na­tu­re’s In­te­rests? In­te­rests, Ani­mal Rights, and En­vi­ron­men­tal Ethics (Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press 1998); Per­sonhood, Ethics, and Ani­mal Co­gni­ti­on: Si­tua­ting Ani­mals in Ha­re’s Two-Le­vel Uti­li­ta­ria­nism (Ox­ford 2012); and (with eco­lo­gist Jo­na­than New­man and phi­lo­so­pher Ste­fan Lin­quist) De­fen­ding Bio­di­ver­si­ty: En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Ethics (Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press 2017). He is cur­rent­ly working on a fourth book: Su­stai­ning Ani­mals: En­vi­sio­n­ing Hu­ma­ne, Su­stainable Com­mu­nities (un­der con­tract with Ox­ford). His pre­sen­ta­ti­on will dis­cuss es­says from the Au­gust 2019 is­sue of Con­ser­va­ti­on Bio­lo­gy on “com­pas­sio­na­te con­ser­va­ti­on” (vol. 33[4]: pp. 751-787) from the per­spec­tive of Hare­an, two-le­vel uti­li­ta­ria­nism.

Emily T. Yeh, Prof.

Emi­ly T. Yeh is pro­fes­sor and for­mer chair of the De­part­ment of Geo­gra­phy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Co­lo­ra­do Boul­der.  Her PhD (2003) is from the En­er­gy and Re­sour­ces Group at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ca­li­for­nia, Ber­ke­ley.  Most of her re­se­arch has con­cer­ned na­tu­re-so­cie­ty geo­gra­phy and the re­la­ti­onship bet­ween de­ve­lop­ment and the en­vi­ron­ment in Ti­be­tan parts of Chi­na.

This has in­clu­ded stu­dies of pro­per­ty rights and con­flicts over na­tu­ral re­sour­ces, the po­li­ti­cal eco­lo­gy of ran­ge­land pro­tec­tion and de­ve­lop­ment po­li­ci­es, vul­nera­bi­li­ty to cli­ma­te chan­ge, in­di­ge­nous know­ledge of cli­ma­te and eco­lo­gi­cal chan­ge, ideo­lo­gies of na­tu­re and na­tio­na­lism, emer­gent en­vi­ron­men­tal iden­ti­ties and grass­roots en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism, and the re­la­ti­onship bet­ween Ti­be­tan cul­tu­re, Bud­dhism and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.  She is the aut­hor of Ta­ming Ti­bet: Land­scape Trans­for­ma­ti­on and the Gift of Chi­ne­se De­ve­lop­ment (Cor­nell UP 2013), as well as co-edi­tor of Map­ping Shan­gri­la: Con­te­sted Land­scapes in the Si­no-Ti­be­tan Bor­der­lands (U. Wa­shing­ton Press, 2014).

Barend Erasmus, Prof.

Pro­fes­sor Ba­rend Eras­mus is the De­an in the Fa­cul­ty of Na­tu­ral and Agri­cul­tu­ral Sci­en­ces (NAS) at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pre­to­ria (UP). He ob­tai­ned the de­grees PhD (Zoo­lo­gy), BScHons (Zoo­lo­gy) and BSc (Zoo­lo­gy) from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pre­to­ria. He has spent most of his working ca­re­er at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the Wit­waters­rand.

Af­ter a short post­doc­to­ral fel­lowship at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Stel­len­bosch, he was ap­poin­ted as a lec­tu­rer in the School of Ani­mal, Plant and En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces in 2003. He was sub­se­quent­ly pro­mo­ted to pro­fes­sor and the Exxa­ro Chair in Glo­bal Chan­ge and Su­staina­bi­li­ty. Prof Eras­mus’ re­se­arch in­te­rests sub­se­quent­ly ex­pan­ded from bio­di­ver­si­ty and cli­ma­te chan­ge im­pacts to a mo­re sy­ste­mic ap­proach to long-term land co­ver chan­ge and su­staina­bi­li­ty in rural land­scapes.

Greg Asner, Prof.
Greg As­ner is the di­rec­tor of ASU's Cen­ter for Glo­bal Dis­co­very and Con­ser­va­ti­on Sci­ence. He is an eco­lo­gist re­co­gni­zed for his dis­co­very-to-ac­tion and con­ser­va­ti­on ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons on eco­sy­stems and cli­ma­te chan­ge at re­gio­nal to glo­bal sca­les. His ex­plo­ra­ti­on spans the are­as of spa­ti­al eco­lo­gy and bio­di­ver­si­ty, ter­re­stri­al car­bon cy­cle, ani­mal-ha­bi­tat in­ter­ac­tions, and cli­ma­te chan­ge. He de­ve­lops sci­en­ti­fic ap­proa­ches and tech­no­lo­gies for in­ve­sti­ga­ti­on and con­ser­va­ti­on as­sess­ments of lar­ge eco­re­gi­ons. He is a re­ci­pi­ent of mul­ti­ple sci­en­ti­fic and su­staina­bi­li­ty awards and is an elec­ted mem­ber of the U.S. Na­tio­nal Aca­de­my of Sci­en­ces.