Harini Nagendra, Azim Premji University

Hari­ni Na­gen­dra is Di­rec­tor of the Az­im Pre­mji Uni­ver­si­ty Re­search Cen­ter, and leads the Uni­ver­si­ty’s Cen­ter for Cli­mate Change and Sus­tain­abil­i­ty. Over the past 25 years, Prof. Na­gen­dra has been at the lead­ing edge of re­search ex­am­in­ing so­cial-eco­log­i­cal changes in the forests and cities of South Asia from the per­spec­tive of both ecol­o­gy and eq­ui­ty.

For her in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary re­search and prac­tice, she has re­ceived a num­ber of awards in­clud­ing the 2009 Coz­zarel­li Prize from the US Na­tion­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences, the 2013 Eli­nor Os­trom Se­nior Schol­ar award, and the 2017 Clar­i­vate Web of Sci­ence award. Her pub­li­ca­tions in­clude the books “Na­ture in the City: Ben­galu­ru in the Past, Pre­sent and Fu­ture” (Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2016) and “Cities and Canopies: The Tree Book of In­di­an Cities” (Pen­guin, 2019) as well as over 150 re­search pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing re­cent pa­pers in Na­ture, Na­ture Sus­tain­abil­i­ty, and Sci­ence. She writes a month­ly col­umn ‘The Green Gob­lin’ in the Dec­can Her­ald news­pa­per, and is a well known pub­lic speak­er and writer on is­sues of ur­ban sus­tain­abil­i­ty in In­dia. Pro­fes­sor Na­gen­dra has been a Lead Au­thor on the IPCC AR5 re­ports, and a past Sci­ence Com­mit­tee mem­ber of DI­VER­SI­TAS and the Glob­al Land Pro­gramme. She en­gages with in­ter­na­tion­al sci­ence and pol­i­cy through her in­volve­ment as a Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Fu­ture Earth Pro­gramme for Ecosys­tem Change and So­ci­ety, and the Fu­ture Earth Ur­ban Knowl­edge Ad­vi­so­ry Net­work. She is on the Ad­vi­so­ry Board of the Eu­ro­pean In­sti­tute of In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­o­gy’s Cli­mate-KIC, the WRI Ross Cen­tre for Sus­tain­able Cities, and the Earth Lead­er­ship Pro­gram. She is al­so an As­so­ci­ate Ed­i­tor of Glob­al En­vi­ron­men­tal Change.

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Rafael Loyola, International Institute for Sustainability
Rafael Loy­ola acts as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the In­ter­na­tion­al In­sti­tute for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty, a think-and-do-tank fo­cused on un­der­stand­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­man so­ci­ety and the en­vi­ron­ment, con­tribut­ing to the tran­si­tion to sus­tain­abil­i­ty. He is al­so Pro­fes­sor of Ecol­o­gy at the Fed­er­al Uni­ver­si­ty of Goiás and a mem­ber of the Brazil­ian Acad­e­my of Sci­ences. His re­search fo­cus­es on con­ser­va­tion sci­ence, par­tic­u­lar­ly spa­tial pri­or­i­ti­za­tion, cli­mate change ef­fects on bio­di­ver­si­ty, and sup­port to con­ser­va­tion de­ci­sions and pol­i­cy­mak­ing. He has au­thored over 200 sci­en­tif­ic pub­li­ca­tions.
Thomas Gillespie, Emory University

Thomas Gille­spie is a dis­ease ecol­o­gist and con­ser­va­tion bi­ol­o­gist rec­og­nized for his in­te­gra­tive ap­proach to the con­ser­va­tion of bio­di­ver­si­ty and mit­i­ga­tion of emerg­ing in­fec­tious dis­eases. Gille­spie was among the first to demon­strate that hu­man im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment can al­ter the dy­nam­ics of nat­ur­al pathogens in wildlife and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for pathogens to jump be­tween species. His ef­forts serve as demon­stra­tion projects of the One Health Ap­proach and have guid­ed in­ter­na­tion­al ef­forts to pro­tect en­dan­gered species from hu­man dis­eases and pre­vent fu­ture pan­demics.

Gille­spie is a Pro­fes­sor of En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ences and En­vi­ron­men­tal Health at Emory Uni­ver­si­ty. He co-di­rects the Gombe Ecosys­tem Health Pro­ject in Tan­za­nia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Jane Goodall In­sti­tute and serves as Di­rec­tor of In­fec­tious Dis­ease Re­search at Cen­tre Val­bio in Mada­gas­car. He is an ex­ter­nal ex­pert to the UN High Lev­el Po­lit­i­cal Fo­rum on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, a mem­ber of the IUCN/SSC, and a Na­tion­al Ge­o­graph­ic Ex­plor­er.

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Alice Ruhweza, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Al­ice Ruh­weza is a glob­al thought leader and prac­ti­tion­er with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of Con­ser­va­tion, De­vel­op­ment and the En­vi­ron­ment in Africa and glob­al­ly, fos­ter­ing suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships with a wide range of in­ter­na­tion­al in­sti­tu­tions. She is cur­rent­ly the Africa Re­gion Di­rec­tor for the World Wide Fund for Na­ture (WWF), where she leads and over­sees a re­gion­al pro­gram com­pris­ing 10 coun­tries and over 600 staff. There she is lead­ing de­sign of a new con­ser­va­tion frame­work that brings to­geth­er work at na­tion­al, trans­bound­ary and glob­al lev­els, as well as de­vel­op­ment of a new sys­tem of pro­gram qual­i­ty as­sur­ance. She sits on the Board of the CGIAR, the Glob­al Ever-Green­ing Al­liance and on the steer­ing com­mit­tee of the Fu­ture Earth Wa­ter-Food-En­er­gy Nexus work­ing group. She is al­so co-chair of the World Eco­nom­ic Fo­rum Sus­tain­able Aqua­cul­ture 2030 work­ing group. Be­fore join­ing WWF, she was Vice Pres­i­dent of Pro­grams and Part­ner­ships with Con­ser­va­tion In­ter­na­tion­al, where she over­saw the Vi­tal Signs Pro­gram, which pro­vides da­ta and di­ag­nos­tic tools to help in­form agri­cul­tur­al de­ci­sions and mon­i­tor out­comes around the world. She was al­so the Team Leader and Tech­ni­cal Ad­vis­er for the Unit­ed Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme Glob­al En­vi­ron­men­tal Fi­nance Unit in Africa. In this role, she led a team sup­port­ing 44 coun­tries to at­tract and dri­ve pub­lic and pri­vate fi­nance to­wards their sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties. She is an As­pen New Voic­es Fel­low; a Hen­ry Arn­hold Con­ser­va­tion Fel­low; and a fel­low of the Salzburg Glob­al Sem­i­nar. She holds an MSc in Agri­cul­tur­al and Ap­plied Eco­nom­ics.

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Sina Leipold, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Prof Dr Sina Leipold heads the de­part­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­i­tics and Dr. Hei­di Wittmer the work­ing group on bio­di­ver­si­ty pol­i­cy at the Helmholtz Cen­tre for En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search in Leipzig, Ger­many. Hei­di and Sina joint­ly work on bar­ri­ers to and po­ten­tials of poli­cies for en­cour­ag­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty trans­for­ma­tions, ad­dress­ing chal­lenges such as con­serv­ing bio­di­ver­si­ty and tran­si­tion­ing to a cir­cu­lar bioe­con­o­my.

Sina’s re­search bridges so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence with ex­per­tise from pol­i­cy and prac­tice to cre­ate new knowl­edge for a sus­tain­able trans­for­ma­tion of our so­ci­ety.She has ex­ten­sive­ly stud­ied en­vi­ron­men­tal gov­er­nance nar­ra­tives in the fields of forestry, cir­cu­lar econ­o­my, bioe­con­o­my, food, and pack­ag­ing. To con­trast gov­er­nance nar­ra­tives’ hopes of en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments with po­ten­tial re­al-world im­pacts, Sina cou­pled her re­sults with en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print and life cy­cle analy­ses and col­lab­o­rat­ed with prac­ti­tion­ers from the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors as well as civ­il so­ci­ety.

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Heidi Wittmer, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Hei­di has worked at and on sci­ence pol­i­cy in­ter­faces for bio­di­ver­si­ty for over two decades. Study­ing them, par­tic­i­pat­ing in and help­ing to de­sign them in a broad range of ge­o­graph­i­cal con­texts and gov­er­nance lev­els: fromp ro­tect­ed area man­age­ment in Thai­land, and the ne­go­ti­a­tion of the first na­tion­al bio­di­ver­si­ty strat­e­gy in Guatemala – to help­ing to set up Ek­lipse, an EU-lev­el SPI to syn­the­size the best avail­able knowl­edge on bio­di­ver­si­ty, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the EC joint work­ing group on map­ping and as­sess­ing ecosys­tems and their ser­vices–as ex­pert for IPBES, mem­ber of the CBD high-lev­el pan­el on bio­di­ver­si­ty fi­nanc­ing and head of sci­en­tif­ic co­or­di­na­tion of the UN­EP-host­ed glob­al TEEB-ini­tia­tive.

Re­cent work on trans­for­ma­tive change for bio­di­ver­si­ty un­der­scores the cru­cial im­por­tance of com­pelling nar­ra­tives for achiev­ing the glob­al bio­di­ver­si­ty vi­sion. We pro­pose a re­search agen­da and would like to in­vite the com­mu­ni­ty to join us in ad­dress­ing this chal­lenge.

Hei­di Wittmer and Sina Leipold present to­geth­er.

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Esther Turnhout, University of Twente

Es­ther Turn­hout is pro­fes­sor and chair in Sci­ence, Tech­nol­o­gy and Scoiety at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Twente, the Nether­lands. She is an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary so­cial sci­en­tist in­ter­est­ed in un­der­stand­ing the in­ter­ac­tions and pow­er dy­nam­ics be­tween dif­fer­ent  (sci­en­tif­ic and non-sci­en­tif­ic) knowl­edge prac­tices in en­vi­ron­men­tal and sus­tain­abil­i­ty is­sues.

She has worked on and par­tic­i­pat­ed in the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Plat­form for Bio­di­ver­si­ty and Ecosys­tem Ser­vices (IPBES) with a view to analysing what ver­sions of na­ture, bio­di­ver­si­ty and sus­tain­abil­i­ty are co-pro­duced in glob­al as­sess­ment process­es and eval­u­at­ing what cours­es of ac­tion they pro­mote and whose in­ter­ests they serve. These ex­pe­ri­ences have sparked an in­ter­est in ex­plor­ing ways to trans­form en­vi­ron­men­tal and sus­tain­abil­i­ty sci­ence to sup­port and con­tribute to trans­for­ma­tive change and hu­man and eco­log­i­cal well be­ing. She has pub­lished nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles on the bio­di­ver­si­ty sci­ence-pol­i­cy in­ter­face and oth­er top­ics in high im­pact jour­nals, she is the first au­thor of the book En­vi­ron­men­tal Ex­per­tise: Con­nect­ing Sci­ence, Pol­i­cy and So­ci­ety’ with Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press and she is ed­i­tor in chief of the in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary jour­nal En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence & Pol­i­cy.

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Tania Eulalia Martinez-Cruz, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) & Free University of Brussels

Tania Eu­lalia Mar­tinez-Cruz is an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary re­searcher. She holds a B.Sc. in Ir­ri­ga­tion En­gi­neer­ing, an MSc. in Agri­cul­tur­al and Biosys­tems En­gi­neer­ing and a PhD in so­cial sci­ences. Cur­rent­ly, she col­lab­o­rates with the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Unit­ed Na­tions (FAO) as an In­dige­nous Peo­ples´ Food Sys­tems and Wa­ter Ex­pert and with the Free Uni­ver­si­ty of Brus­sels as a Re­search As­so­ci­ate at the Lab­o­ra­to­ry of An­thro­pol­o­gy of Con­tem­po­rary Worlds. She is al­so a mem­ber of the Glob­al Hub on In­dige­nous Peo­ples´ Food Sys­tems led by FAO.

Tania has col­lab­o­rat­ed in in­ter­na­tion­al de­vel­op­ment for more than 12 years, and has en­gaged in projects on san­i­tary en­gi­neer­ing, bio­fu­els pro­duc­tion, wa­ter man­age­ment and ir­ri­ga­tion, agri­cul­tur­al re­search and de­vel­op­ment, cli­mate jus­tice, gen­der and so­cial in­clu­sion, nu­tri­tion, in­dige­nous knowl­edge, bio­di­ver­si­ty and food se­cu­ri­ty/sov­er­eign­ty. As an Ëyu­u­jk In­dige­nous woman and re­searcher, Tania al­so pro­motes the con­ser­va­tion of in­dige­nous knowl­edge as key to the bio­cul­tur­al di­ver­si­ty of in­dige­nous peo­ples and to tack­le glob­al prob­lems. She was ac­tive­ly en­gaged in dif­fer­ent process­es linked to the Unit­ed Na­tions Food Sum­mit where she ad­vo­cat­ed for an agen­da of in­ter­cul­tur­al­i­ty and In­dige­nous Peo­ples’ Food Sys­tems as game chang­ers and was al­so a speak­er at the UN Food Sys­tems Pre-Sum­mit 2021, as part of the del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing In­dige­nous Peo­ples. She al­so par­tic­i­pat­ed in dif­fer­ent events at COP26 as a mem­ber of the Glob­al Hub on In­dige­nous Peo­ples´ Food Sys­tems.

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Yvonne Buckley, Trinity College Dublin

Pro­fes­sor Yvonne Buck­ley is the Pro­fes­sor of Zo­ol­o­gy and in­com­ing Vice Pres­i­dent for Bio­di­ver­si­ty & Cli­mate Ac­tion at Trin­i­ty Col­lege Dublin and co-di­rects Na­ture+, the Trin­i­ty Cen­tre for Bio­di­ver­si­ty and Sus­tain­able Na­ture-based So­lu­tions. She is a Mem­ber of the Roy­al Irish Acad­e­my, an Irish Re­search Coun­cil Re­searcher of the Year (2021) and was award­ed the British Eco­log­i­cal So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent’s medal (2021).

Prof. Buck­ley is a pop­u­la­tion ecol­o­gist, work­ing from lo­cal to glob­al scales on a wide range of plant and an­i­mal species. She leads a team of re­searchers and stu­dents seek­ing to un­der­stand the fun­da­men­tal dri­vers of an­i­mal and plant pop­u­la­tion process­es in a rapid­ly chang­ing world. She us­es these dis­cov­er­ies to pro­vide sup­port for en­vi­ron­men­tal de­ci­sions in the ar­eas of bio­di­ver­si­ty con­ser­va­tion, in­va­sive species man­age­ment, cli­mate change and habi­tat restora­tion. She served as chair of the Na­tion­al Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum, pro­vid­ing ad­vice to gov­ern­ment on bio­di­ver­si­ty strat­e­gy (2015-2021) and is a month­ly sci­ence colum­nist for a na­tion­al news­pa­per. She has worked and stud­ied in Ire­land, the UK and Aus­tralia.

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Christopher J. Schell, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Christo­pher J. Schell is an ur­ban ecol­o­gist in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ter­sec­tions of so­ci­ety, ecol­o­gy, and evo­lu­tion to un­cov­er how wildlife are rapid­ly adapt­ing to life in cities. As an As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence, Pol­i­cy and Man­age­ment at UC Berke­ley, Dr. Schell and his lab com­bine be­hav­ioral, phys­i­o­log­i­cal, and ge­nom­ic ap­proach­es to il­lus­trate how his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary so­cial in­equities in­flu­ence the eco­log­i­cal com­plex­i­ty of cities, in­vari­ably in­flu­enc­ing ur­ban bio­di­ver­si­ty. In ad­di­tion, the Schell lab us­es mixed meth­ods – from hu­man di­men­sions da­ta to wildlife GPS col­lar­ing – to ex­am­ine the dri­vers of hu­man-car­ni­vore con­flict and build adap­tive man­age­ment strate­gies that pro­mote long-term co­ex­is­tence. These in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary re­search themes re­quire an in­te­gra­tion of prin­ci­ples from the nat­ur­al sci­ences with ur­ban stud­ies to ad­dress how sys­temic racism and op­pres­sion af­fect ur­ban ecosys­tems, while si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly high­light­ing the need to in­te­grate en­vi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, civ­il rights, and eq­ui­ty as the bedrock of bi­o­log­i­cal con­ser­va­tion and our fight against the cli­mate cri­sis.

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Center of Competence for Sustainable Finance, University of Zurich

Marc Ches­ney is Pro­fes­sor of Math­e­mat­i­cal Fi­nance as well as Chair of the Cen­ter of Com­pe­tence for Sus­tain­able Fi­nance at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich. He holds a Ph.D. in Fi­nance from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Gene­va and ob­tained his Ha­bil­i­ta­tion from the Sor­bonne Uni­ver­si­ty. His fields of re­search ex­tend to fi­nan­cial crises and im­bal­ances, sys­temic risks gen­er­at­ed by fi­nan­cial in­no­va­tion and glob­al debt, glob­al­i­sa­tion and fi­nan­cial­i­sa­tion of the econ­o­my, as well as en­vi­ron­men­tal risks. He de­vel­ops a crit­i­cal analy­sis of the fi­nan­cial sec­tor's role on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Katie McShane, Colorado State University
Katie Mc­Shane is a Pro­fes­sor in the Phi­los­o­phy De­part­ment at Col­orado State Uni­ver­si­ty, spe­cial­iz­ing in en­vi­ron­men­tal ethics and eth­i­cal the­o­ry. Her work ex­plores the moral sig­nif­i­cance of the emo­tion­al at­ti­tudes that peo­ple take to­ward the nat­ur­al world. She has writ­ten ar­ti­cles on ecosys­tem health, the val­ue of bio­di­ver­si­ty, an­thro­pocen­trism, in­trin­sic val­ue, loss and dam­age in cli­mate change, the moral im­por­tance of an­i­mal wel­fare, and the na­ture of awe and re­spect for the non­hu­man world. Her work has been pub­lished in jour­nals such as Philo­soph­i­cal Stud­ies, En­vi­ron­men­tal Ethics, En­vi­ron­men­tal Val­ues, and Ethics & the En­vi­ron­ment. She is a mem­ber of the fac­ul­ty of the School of Glob­al En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­i­ty at CSU and Vice Pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tion­al So­ci­ety for En­vi­ron­men­tal Ethics.
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Carolyn Lundquist, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research and Universite of Auckland, New Zealand

Car­olyn Lundquist is a ma­rine con­ser­va­tion ecol­o­gist at the Na­tion­al In­sti­tute of Wa­ter and At­mos­pher­ic Re­search in New Zealand, and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Auck­land. She is an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary sci­en­tist, and works with ecol­o­gists, mod­ellers, so­ci­etal sci­en­tists, and in­dige­nous knowl­edge hold­ers to in­form de­ci­sion-mak­ing for the oceans, from coasts and es­tu­ar­ies to the deep sea. She serves as Co-Chair of the IPBES Task Force on Sce­nar­ios and Mod­els, which is lead­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the Na­ture Fu­tures Frame­work, a new sce­nar­ios frame­work to chart dif­fer­ent paths to de­sir­able fu­tures for na­ture and peo­ple.

Henrique Miguel Pereira, iDiv - German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Hen­rique Miguel Pereira is the Pro­fes­sor of Bio­di­ver­si­ty Con­ser­va­tion at iDiv - Ger­man Cen­ter for In­te­gra­tive Bio­di­ver­si­ty Re­search Halle-Je­na-Leipzig at the Mar­tin-Luther-Uni­ver­sität Halle-Wit­ten­berg and and In­vit­ed Pro­fes­sor at In­Bio, Uni­ver­si­dade do Por­to (Por­tu­gal). Hen­rique Pereira is an ex­pert on bio­di­ver­si­ty change and sci­ence-pol­i­cy, hav­ing au­thored more than one hun­dred jour­nal ar­ti­cles. He has worked both as a re­searcher and as a prac­ti­tion­er, hav­ing served as the Di­rec­tor of Pene­da-Gerês Na­tion­al Park and as the co­or­di­na­tor of the Por­tu­gal Mil­len­ni­um Ecosys­tem As­sess­ment.  He was the co-Chair of the Bio­di­ver­si­ty Ob­ser­va­tion Net­work of the Group on Earth Ob­ser­va­tions (2014-2020) and of the Ex­pert Group on Sce­nar­ios and Mod­els from the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Plat­form on Bio­di­ver­si­ty and Ecosys­tem Ser­vices (2017-2019). He cur­rent­ly leads Eu­ropaBON, a project de­sign­ing a bio­di­ver­si­ty mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem for Eu­rope.
Akanksha Khatri, Head of Nature Action Agenda for World Economic Forum’s Platform for Global Public Goods
Akank­sha Kha­tri is Head of Na­ture Ac­tion Agen­da for World Eco­nom­ic Fo­rum’s Plat­form for Glob­al Pub­lic Goods. Pri­or to this, she worked as Lead on Gov­ern­ment En­gage­ment for In­dia and South Asia fol­lowed by an ex­tend­ed re­mit as Chief of Staff and Head of Strat­e­gy and Per­for­mance for the Fo­rum’s Re­gion­al and Gov­ern­ment En­gage­ment glob­al­ly. She has al­so had ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing at HT Me­dia Ltd. which is the sec­ond-largest me­dia com­pa­ny in In­dia. She holds a BA (Hons.) from Jawa­har­lal Nehru Uni­ver­si­ty, In­dia and M.A. in In­ter­na­tion­al Af­fairs from Co­lum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, USA. She was a Glob­al Lead­er­ship Fel­low with the World Eco­nom­ic Fo­rum (2013-16).
Shane Campbell-Staton, Contemporary evolution and adaptation, Princeton, USA
A ma­jor goal of  Shane Camp­bell-Sta­ton's re­search is to un­der­stand adap­tive mod­i­fi­ca­tion of com­plex phe­no­types in re­sponse to an­thro­pogenic change. The Camp­bell-Sta­ton Group in­te­grates di­verse ex­per­i­men­tal and method­olog­i­cal tech­niques to gain a deep­er un­der­stand­ing of how hu­man ac­tiv­i­ty shapes bi­o­log­i­cal stress and evo­lu­tion in the mod­ern world. In the process, we are ask­ing fun­da­men­tal ques­tions about the mech­a­nisms that gen­er­ate adap­tive di­ver­si­ty us­ing a wide breadth of species and an­thro­pogenic set­tings.