Dr. Diana H. Wall, Scientific Chair
A soil ecologist and environmental scientist, Dr. Wall is actively engaged in global research to sustain soils and has spent more than 20 seasons in the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys examining how global changes impact soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. She is Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, is a University Distinguished Professor , Professor of Biology and a Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. She was honored by The British Ecological Society as the 2011 Tansley Lecturer and Wall Valley, Antarctica was designated in recognition of her research contributions. Dr. Wall is a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, has an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, The Netherlands and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She served as member of the US Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel (2012), the US Commission of UNESCO and was co-lead author of the Millennium Development Goals Committee Chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. She is a Board Member of the World Resources Institute and Island Press, and has served as President of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, Chair, Council of Scientific Society Presidents and other scientific societies. Her edited books include two on sustaining soil biodiversity and ecosystem services. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
Dr. Kelly S. Ramirez, PhD, Executive Director
Barbara Fricks, MS, Project Director
Dr. Fred Ayuke
Lecturer- University of Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Richard Bardgett
Faculty of Life Sciences - University of Manchester, UK
Dr. Nobuhiro Kaneko
Yokohama National University, Japan
Dr. Fatima Maria de Souza Moreira
Associate Professor - Federal University of Lavras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Fatima Maria de Souza Moreira was a researcher at National Institute of Amazonia Research (Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil) from 1978 to 1993. Since 1993 she is Associate Professor at the Soil Science Department in the Federal University of Lavras (Minas Gerais, Brazil). From 2002 to 2010 she was the Brazilian Coordinator of the multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional and multinational project with the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (TSBF / CIAT) (Kenya) with funding from the United Nations (UN) and the implementation of United Nations Environmental Programme :Conservation and sustainable Management of Below-Ground Biodiversity GF2715/02). Since 1978 she coordinated and participated in projects funded by CNPq, Fapemig and FINEP. She has published 130 articles in specialized journals, 12 national and international papers in conference proceedings, 38 chapters in books and 4 books. She has also 12 books edited. Among the publications there are descriptions of three new species of N2-fixing bacteria (Azospirillum amazonense Mesorhizobium plurifarium and Azorhizobium doebereinerae) and reporting for the first time this feature in Cupriavidus necator, Burkholderia fungorum, B.lata and B.contaminans. Two strains of Bradyrhizobium sp. (INPA3-11B and UFLA3-84) were approved as inoculant for cowpea by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. About 200 graduate and undergraduate students were supervised. Since March 2011 she is coordinator of the Graduate Programme in Soil Science/ UFLA. and since 2008 associate editor of Brazilian Journal of Soil Science and Board member of Brazilian Society of Soil Science. Usueful sites: www.biosbrasil.ufla.br; www.inoleg.dcs.ufla.br; http://www.prpg.ufla.br/ppg/solos/index.php; http://www.dcs.ufla.br/site/
Dr. van der Putten graduated at Wageningen University in 1984 with a degree in ecology and then moved to the Institute for Ecological Research at Oostvoorne, The Netherlands. In 1989 he gained his PhD and Wageningen University and held several positions at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO). Currently, he is head of the Terrestrial Ecology at NIOO and extraordinary professor in Functional Biodiversity at Wageningen University. Wim’s main interest is in aboveground-belowground multitrophic interactions, plant-soil feedback, succession, biodiversity, invasions, and climate change-induced range shifts. In 2004/5 he was at Landcare Research in Palmerston North and Lincoln, New Zealand. From 1992 onwards, he has been coordinator of a number of EU-projects (e.g. EUREED 1993-1995, CLUE 1996-1998 and INVASS 1996-1998, EcoTrain 2002-2006), and was partner in several others (TLinks, Biorhiz, Consider, Soilservice, EcoFINDERS). In 2004, he was awarded a VICI grant from the Netherlands Research Council (NOW-ALW) in order to study consequences of rapid range shifts due to current climate warming. Wim has strong preference for fundamental approaches of ecological problems that will yield both novel fundamental insights and future applications. Besides many scientific papers, he has co-authored an overview on soil biodiversity for the EC DGXI, and is co-editor of the European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity. He co-founded the Wageningen Centre for Soil Ecology, which is one of the largest aggregations of soil ecologists worldwide. The aim of the Centre of Soil Ecology, which Wim is directing, is to train young soil ecologists, and promote developments in soil ecology.
Dr. Johan Six
The School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University
The School of Global Environmental Sustainability is an umbrella organization that encompasses all environmental education and research at the university. Part of its mission is to engage the public and policy makers in translating SoGES discoveries into practical solutions for environmental problems, which is the role of a land-grant institution with a global perspective. Research focal areas include: Food Security, Climate Change & Energy, Environmental Institutions and Governance, Land and Water Resources, Sustainable Communities, and Biodiversity, Conservation and Management.
- Key participant: Dr. Diana H. Wall
Netherlands Institute of Ecology/Wageningen Centre for Soil Ecology
The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) at Wageningen conducts terrestrial and freshwater ecological research, with the aim of elucidating how living organisms interact with each other and with their surroundings. The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) is a top research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
- Key Participant: Dr. Wim van der Putten
Lancaster Environment Centre
The Lancaster Environment Centre is a major development on Lancaster’s Campus, bringing together a community of university environmental researchers, government scientists and a growing number of commercial enterprises. The University has a long-standing reputation for excellence and innovation in teaching and research in the broad area of the environment. It was one of the first British Universities to offer Ecology as a full degree subject and amongst the first to establish a Department of Environmental Science. The Lancaster Environment Centre sits within the Faculty of Science and Technology and draws together the research programmes previously conducted by the departments of Environmental Science, Biological Sciences and Geography.
- Key Participant: Dr. Richard Bardgett
University of California, Davis
UC Davis is one of the nation's top public research universities and is part of the world's pre-eminent public university system.
- Key Participant: Dr. Johan Six
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
The Joint Research Centre is the scientific and technical arm of the European Commission. It is providing the scientific advice and technical know-how to support a wide range of EU policies. Its status as a Commission service, which guarantees independence from private or national interests, is crucial for pursuing its mission. The JRC has seven scientific institutes, located at five different sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, with a wide range of laboratories and unique research facilities. Through numerous collaborations, access to many facilities is granted to scientists from partner organisations.
- Key Participant: Dr. Luca Montanarella
The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at University of Western Sydney
The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment provides a stimulating and safe research environment in which researchers can optimise outputs.
- Key participant: Dr. Brajesh Singh
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