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Emilie Andrieu, Dr. DYNAFORINRA Toulouse
  • Position: I'm an ecologist in the « Dynamiques et écologie des paysages agriforestiers » (Dynafor)  research unit;
  • Main research activities: I study spatial and long-term temporal dynamics of wooded semi-natural habitats (small forests, edges, trees outside forests). I also study how these structures and their  dynamics shape ecological processes related to ecosystem services (pollen and seed dispersal, biodiversity, pest regulation);
  • Role in smallFOREST: WP2, T2.1: Characterization of the biodiversity: composition, structure, function and WP3: Quantification of local proximal services.
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Marina Autin, Ms. Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
  • Position and role in smallFOREST: Internal and external communication & project managment.
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Jürgen Bauhus, Prof. Dr. Freiburg University
  • Position: Professor of silviculture;
  • Main research activities: I am professor of silviculture at Freiburg University, Germany. I studied forest sciences in Freiburg, Vienna and Göttingen and obtained his Diploma (1989) and PhD (1994) from Göttingen University. In my PhD he analysed the response of European beech forest ecosystems to gap-scale harvesting. Subsequently I spent 2 years as post-doc at the Biology Department of the University of Québec at Montréal to work on the dynamics of mixed-species boreal forests and solutions for their sustainable management. From 1996 to 2003 I worked as lecturer and senior lecturer in silviculture and tree physiology at the Australian National University, where dynamics of mixed-species plantations and native forests were a focus of his research.  In 2003, I took up the chair of silviculture at Freiburg University, where I developed a research programme on structure and dynamics of forests, carbon and nutrient cycles, ecological interactions in forest ecosystems as well as the adaptation of forests to global change. At Freiburg University, I established the international MSc programme “Forest Ecology and Management” and the graduate school “Environment, Society and Global Change”. In 2008 he received the “Professor of the Year Award” of the nation-wide university magazine UNICUM. I have published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and recently edited the book “Ecosystem Goods and Services from Plantation Forests”. I am a member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. Currently, I conduct several research projects that explore the relationship between tree species and stand structural diversity and ecosystem functioning.
  • Role in smallFOREST: WP2, Co-PI.
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Antoine Brin, Ir. Purpan Engineering School, INRA Toulouse
  • Position : Lecturer, Purpan Engineering School, University of Toulouse;
  • Main research activities : I’m currently supervising two projects on carabids and slugs ; one about the quantification of slug predation and the other one on slugs behavior;
  • Role in smallFOREST : Involved in the WP 3.
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Jörg Brunet, Prof. SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Role in smallFOREST: Site manager for the two southern Swedish landscape windows.
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Jérôme Buridant, Prof. Dr. Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
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Marie Carles, Ms DYNAFORINRA Toulouse
  • Position: Geomatics and web : Cartography, GIS (Geographic Information System), webmapping;
  • Role in small FOREST: Help on stakeholders consultation for WP5.1 (economic valuation) and WP6.2 (policy assessment). Help to organize the annual meeting.
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Olivier Chabrerie, Dr. Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
  • Position: Lecturer in plant ecology (botany and ecosystem dynamics);
  • Skills: Botany, mycology, analysis of diversity patterns, invasive species;
  • Main research activities: The major part of my research activities focuses on the relations between plant community diversity and environmental gradients. The aim is to better understand the determinism of diversity patterns along landscape, agriculture, disturbance, maturation, invasion and soil gradients in forest and agro-systems;
  • Key-words: Plant community, diversity, landscape, environmental gradients, invasive species, forest, agro-system, time and spatial patterns;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Management of the floristic database (work package 1), field works, coordination of the “fungus” part (Task 2.2).
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Déborah Closset-Kopp, Dr. Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
  • Position:  I’m a forest ecologist and assistant professor at the “Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés” research unit;
  • Main research activities: My research activities are related to forest dynamics influenced by human activities. I am interested in analyzing historical human activity and land use as drivers of modern vegetation and ecosystem functioning: on artificial habitat type (e.g. feudal motte, roman highways), along corridors in fragmented landscapes (forest streams or hedges and forest patch remnants in agricultural landscapes);
  • Role in smallFOREST: Characterization of the forest fragments (WP1, T1.2) and characterization of the biodiversity: composition, structure, function (WP2, T2.1).
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Sara Cousins, Prof. Stockholm University
  • Position: Professor in Physical Geography. Head of the Landscape Ecology Group at the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology;
  • Main research activities: I conduct a cross-disciplinary research which bridges ecology and geography. I focuse on plant species diversity and composition, including seed bank, in different types of grasslands, wetlands and small remnant habitat to understand how historical land use influences on present vegetation, and how present management regimes maintain present species diversity and composition. I am a specialist of plant extinction debt in grassland remnants;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Site manager (Central Sweden).
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Pieter De Frenne, Dr. ir. Ghent University
  • Position: Postdoctoral researcher;
  • Main research activities: Studying the effects of global change drivers on temperate understorey forest plant communities;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Postdoctoral researcher.
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Pallieter De Smedt, Ir. Ghent University
  • Position: PhD student;
  • Main research activities: I am mainly interested in arthropod communities and their ecology. Arthropods can have a high influence on their natural environment and they make up a large part of the present biomass. This makes them valuable bio-indicators for the state of the natural environment. In many ways, they deliver important ecosystem services, e.g., pollination, predation on pest species and litter decomposition. Linking arthropod communities to plant communities can help us to take reasonable measurements towards nature management and conservation;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Site manager for the Belgium windows and WP3.
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Guillaume Decocq, Prof. Dr. Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
  • Position: Full professor in plant biodiversity and vegetation science at the Jules Verne University of Picardie, Hospital practitionner in Clinical Pharmacy at the University Hospital of Amiens, Head of the research unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés";
  • Main research activities: I am a plant ecologist working on the impact of human activities on plant communities, especially in forest ecosystems; this includes forest management and planning, land use changes and biological invasions. I have a special interest in multi-disciplinary, integrative and systemic approaches of ecosystems and landscapes. Within this context I have developped skills in historical ecology of forests;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Coordinator of the project and leader of workpackages 1 and 6.
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Marc Deconchat, Prof. Dr. INRA Toulouse
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Martin Diekmann, Prof. Dr. Bremen University
  • Position:  University professor;
  • Main research activities: I have research interests in basic and applied vegetation ecology, conservation biology and the effects of nitrogen deposition on the species composition and richness of plant communities. One emphasis of my work is to describe and explain biodiversity patterns, especially the relationship between phytodiversity and various environmental variables both on a landscape (habitat fragmentation) and local (abiotic factors such as soil and light) scale. A recent project focuses on the re-introduction of vascular plant species;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Involved in data assembly and analysis as site manager, especially for work packages 2-4 .
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Steffen Ehrmann, PhD Student Freiburg University
  • Position: PhD-Student - http://www.steffenehrmann.wordpress.com
  • Main research activities : My main activities in this project will be the acquisition and evaluation of standstructural data in all the landscape windows. Furthermore I will collect ticks for microbiological analysis carried out by Marcus Panning and his team. These data are than to be connected with other data from the project (especially those related to taxonomic and functional diversity). I want to find out if there are any effects over the sample plots for Ecosystem services such as wood production and nutrient availability and the dis-service of tick presence (Ixodes spp.). Also I am interested in assessing relationships between the structural data and other data acquired by the project;
  • Role in smallFOREST: WP2.
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Emilie Gallet-Moron, Ms. Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
  • Position: Cartography and GIS (Geographic Information System);
  • Role in smallFOREST: Management of the GIS database, map production (coordination with Olivier Chabrerie).
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Stefanie Gärtner, Dr. Freiburg University
  • Position: Researcher and lecturer;
  • Main research activities: I am a researcher and lecturer in the Institute of Silviculture at the University of Freiburg, Germany. I studied forest sciences in Freiburg, and obtained my Diploma (1998) and PhD (2003) from Freiburg University. For my PhD I studied the forest floor vegetations’ response to forest conversion. In 2005 I worked as a Postdoctoral fellow in the USA at the USDA Forest Service Research Stations in Vermont and Oregon investigating how decision support systems can help to translate basic research into management applications. On my return to Germany I applied decision support systems to facilitate an interdisciplinary landscape planning process with the participation of different stakeholder groups. From 2008 to 2010 I was at the University of Alberta in Canada as a Postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Renewable Resources where I studied post forest fire regeneration. In 2010 I received the German Forest Science Award and since 2011 I'm back in Freiburg continuing my research in vegetation ecology, ecosystem dynamics and multipurpose land use planning. My research focuses on the relationships between vegetation composition, function and diversity and abiotic and anthropogenic drivers;
  • Role in smallFOREST: WP2, Postdoc.
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Brice Giffard, Postdoc DYNAFORINRA Toulouse
  • Main research activities:  During my postdoctoral fellow, I’m interested in the regulation of slugs by predatory carabids sheltered in forest fragments and the effects of landscape composition and characteristics of forest fragments. During my PhD (UMR BIOGECO, Bordeaux, 2011) I studied how insectivorous birds and neighbouring plants influence herbivorous insects feeding on oak seedlings.
  • Role in smallFOREST: Post-doc WP3, quantification of local proximal services.
To learn more about Brice: https://www4.bordeaux-aquitaine.inra.fr/biogeco_eng/People/G-J/Giffard-Brice
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Elena Gorriz, Junior researcher Centre Tecnologic Forestal de Catalunya
  • Position: Junior Researcher, Forest Economics Area;
  • Main research activities: From my background in forest engineering and economics, I am currently working on different projects related to forest policy analysis, focusing on economic instruments enhancing the sustainable provision of forest goods and services. Nowadays I am examining the role of forest owners in economic incetives’ schemes or the stakeholders’ visions in the biomass market.
  • Role in smallFOREST: WP6
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Karin Hansen, Dr. IVL Swedish Environmental Resaerch Institute
  • Position: Senior Scientist;
  • Skills: Environmental effects of air pollution, forestry and climate change in forests, Nutrient circulation in forest ecosystems, Ecosystem services from forests, Deposition of sulphur and nitrogen to forest ecosystems, Large-scale manipulation experiments on ecosystems;
  • Main research activities: Literature review on ecosystem services in Swedish forest ecosystems, climate change influences on national Swedish environmental objectives affected by long-range transport of air pollution, developing future forestry scenarios in Sweden;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Coordinator of WP4; Member of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee; Researcher in Task 2.2.2., 4.1 and 4.2.
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Kent Hansson, Mr. SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Position: Field and lab assistant;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Site manager for the two southern Swedish landscape windows.
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Martin Hermy, Prof. K.U. Leuven
  • Position: Full professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU.Leuven);
  • Main research activities: Since many years we are interested in historical ecology of forests, i.e. understanding the effects of former history on the distribution, composition and diversity of deciduous forests (and other semi-natural habitats) at various spatial scales (plot, forest, landscape scale). As former history in a West-European context is one of forest fragmentation, inevitably a lot of time was spent on understanding the impact of forest fragmentation. Both dispersal and recruitment limitation of forest plant species have been investigated. Initially the focus was on the vegetation, but the last decade also the link between history and (persistent) seed banks have been investigated thoroughly. Apart from research, we spend a lot of time with teaching and consultancy;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Main interest in this project relates to WP 1 (task 1.2), WP2 (2.1) and WP6.
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Annette Kolb, Dr. Bremen University
  • Position: Postdoc;
  • Main research activities: I'm broadly interested in understanding which abiotic and biotic factors determine and regulate the abundance, distribution and evolutionary trajectories of plant species in present-day and future landscapes. My research includes both basic and applied aspects of plant ecology, spanning the broad field between macro-ecological patterns to processes operating on the individual species and population levels. One important goal of my research is to understand how spatio-temporal variation in the environment, particularly in relation to land-use and climate change, influences perennial plants, both directly and via effects on plant interactions with their pollinators and natural enemies.
  • Role in smallFOREST: Involved in data assembly and analysis as site manager, especially for work packages 2-4. 
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Veronika Kronnäs, Ms. IVL Swedish Environmental Resaerch Institute
  • Position: Scientist;
  • Skills: Environmental effects of air pollution, forestry and climate change in forests and surface waters, Effects of acidic input in terrestrial ecosystems, Nutrient circulation in forest ecosystems, Modelling acidification and recovery of streams and lakes;
  • Main research activities: Climate change influences on national Swedish environmental objectives affected by long-range transport of air pollution, Developing future forestry scenarios in Sweden, Ditch cleaning and its effects on environment, Liming of forest water;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Researcher in Task 2.2.2., 4.1 and 4.2.
   
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Vincent Le Roux, PhD Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
  • Position: Lecturer;
  • Skills: Ecology, Conservation biology and restauration ecology, Ecophysiology, Entomology, Plant-insect interactions, Host-parasitoid interactions;
  • Main research activities: Impact of landscape on biodiversity of insects and the services they provide especially to agrosystems, Ecology and ecophysiology of an invasive drosophila pest species (Drosophila suzukii), recently introduced in France, Interaction between drosophila hosts and parasitoid wasps : effect of temperature on the parasitoid virulence and the drosophila resistance, based on the immunity response and fitness, Cost and trade offs associated with virulence of paraitoid wasps, Plant defense against aphids (antixenosis, antibiosis);
  • Role in smallFOREST: Functional biodiversity of carabids.
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Isgard Lemke, PhD Student Bremen University
  • Position: PhD student;
  • Main research activities: I'm a PhD student at the University of Bremen, Germany. My main research question is how plant species with low migration rates and colonization capacities may buffer both short-term environmental fluctuations and the long-term effects of global change. I investigate the phenotypic variation of European forest herb species, using latitudinal gradients as a proxy for differences in temperature and as a space-for-time substitution in order to predict the response of plant populations to climate change;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Involved in data assembly and analysis as site manager, especially for work packages 2-4. 
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Jonathan Lenoir, Dr. Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
  • Positon: Assistant Professor in biostatistics;
  • Keywords: Biodiversity, Climate change, Dispersal, Ecoinformatics, Macroecology, Range shifts, Species distribution;
  • Research interests: My background is forestry sciences and I'm mostly interested in studying impacts of environmental changes (present and past) on current plant species distribution and diversity. I usually work with survey-based data like vegetation-plot data to answer ecological questions involving the field of ecoinformatics, a novel quantitative bioinformatics approach to ecology. By using ecoinformatics, I aim to achieve a better understanding of the mechanisms that drives biogeographic species distribution and diversity patterns. During my PhD, I worked on plant species distribution modelling along the elevation gradient within French mountains (the Vosges, the Jura, the Massif Central, the Alps, the Pyrénées and the Corsican range) to assess shifts in the optimum elevation position of plant species during the recent climate warming event. During my PostDoc, I worked on the importance of historical and dispersal factors to explain contemporary plant species diversity patterns at plot-scale resolutions and across continental-scale extents;
  • Current research activities: I'm currently working on a project which aims at assessing the potential importance of topographic variability in buffering contemporary climate change in Northern Europe. This project runs in parallel with other reserach projects in a Nordic Network (StayOrGo). I'm also involved in several other research projects related to the importance of biotic interactions in species distribution (CBIONET).
  • Role in smallFOREST: Within smallFOREST, I will be involved in some of the field work activities and I will mainly help analysing the data collected within the network.
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Jaan Liira, PhD Tartu University
  • Position: Senior researcher;
  • Main research activities: Research consists wide range of ecological topics, covering various habitats (forest, agricultural landscapes, field boundaries, grasslands, bogs) and taxonomic and functional groups (mostly plants, but partly also lichens, mosses, arthropods  etc) at various scales (micro-habitat, community, landscape and region);
  • Role in smallFOREST: Local coordinator.
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Jessica Lindgren Ms. Stockholm University
  • Position: Research assistant;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Field assistant for Central Sweden.
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Ludmilla Martin, PhD Student Unit 'Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés'Jules Verne University of Picardy
  • Position: PhD student;
  • Main research activities:  The aim of my work is studying the spatial distribution of forest carabids assemblages with stational, landcape and historical variables and connecting functional diversity with ecosystem services in order to predict the response of arthropod communities to climate change;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Involved in work package 3, quantification of local proximal services.
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Filip Moldan, Dr. IVL Swedish Environmental Resaerch Institute
  • Position: Senior Scientist;
  • Skills: Environmental effects of air pollution, forestry and climate change in forests and surface waters, Effects of acidic input in terrestrial ecosystems, Modelling acidification and recovery of streams and lakes, Large-scale manipulation experiments on ecosystems;
  • Main research activities: Modelling acidification and recovery of streams and lakes, Climate change influences on national Swedish environmental objectives affected by long-range transport of air pollution;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Researcher in Task 2.2.2., 4.1 and 4.2.
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Bart Muys, Prof. Dr. K.U. Leuven
  • Position: Professor of forest ecology and management;
  • Role in smallFOREST: WP4.
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Tobias Naaf, Dr. The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
  • Position: Postdoc (research assistant);
  • Main research activities: My main research focuses on long-term changes in forest herb-layer plant diversity in response to human-induced environmental alterations. I am looking at both recent processes, such as atmospheric deposition, climate change or the invasion of exotic species, and historical process, in particular forest fragmentation and reforestation. In addition, I am dealing with the general question, which mechanisms enable plant species with a certain amount of trait diversity to coexist. Together with colleagues of the FLEUR network, I study the requirements and ecology of single forest plants, which is a prerequisite to understand the phenomenon species diversity;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Postdoc (Eastern Germany).
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Taavi Paal, Phd Student Tartu University
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Marcus Panning, PD Dr. Freiburg University
  • Position: Attending physician, Freiburg University Medical Center;
  • Main research activities: I am attending physician at the Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, Department of Virology at University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany. I studied medicine at the University of Greifswald and Kiel and finished my studies in 2000. In 2001 I started my medical specialisation in Medical Microbiology at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany and successfully completed it in 2006. My research focus was on emerging pathogens and the implementation of molecular diagnostic methods. I completed my MD studies in the field of virology at Kiel University in 2003. I became group leader of the Molecular Diagnostic Unit, Institute of Virology at University Medical Center Bonn in 2007. In 2009 I accepted position as attending physician and head of the Molecular Diagnostic Unit at the Department of Virology at University Medical Center Freiburg. My research interests are related to novel and emerging pathogens and their clinical relevance. I have published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently I coordinate a national BMBF-funded project on the development of a molecular assay for the detection of respiratory pathogens;
  • Role in smallFOREST: WP2, Co-PI.
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Irina Prokofieva, Dr. Centre Technologic Forestal Catalunya
  • Position: Economist, Head of Forest Economics Area;
  • Main research activities: I work on environmental and natural resource policies, ecosystem service valuation and assessment;
  • Role in smallFOREST: WP5 leader (socio-economic valuation), contribute to WP6 (policy impacts).
 
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Frédéric Roulier, Dr. Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
  • Position: Associate Professor (geography);
  • Main research activities: My research focuses on methods of collecting and analyzing cognitive representations of space. I am currently interested primarily in the integration of data about cognitive locations into GIS (Geographic Information Systems);
  • Role in SmallFOREST: My project aims to collect, analyze and compare the perception of several ecosytemic services provided by fragments of forest in 15 sites. The data will be collected from sketch maps drawn through a field survey according to a methodology being validated. The data will be aggregated for each site using the RCE software (Representations collectives de l’espace) developed at the EDYSAN research unit.
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Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Prof. Dr. Freiburg University
  • Position: Professor for Geobotany and Experimental Vegetation Sciences;
  • Main research activities: I'm Professor for Geobotany and Experimental Vegetation Sciences at Freiburg University, Germany. I finished my studies in Biology at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 1995 with a master thesis on impacts of land use changes on biodiversity in Chile. During my PhD (University of Bayreuth) I investigated the effects of plant species loss on ecosystem functioning. This work was done within the European BIODEPTH project. After that, I was Research Assistant at the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and Executive Director of the Institute of Biodiversity Network (IBN) in Germany. I held researcher positions at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, and at the Institute of Plant Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). In 2009, he became professor at the University of Freiburg, where I developed a research programme on the functional role of biodiversity, and global change ecology. In 2000, I won the International Horst-Wiehe-Award for the Promotion of Ecological Sciences of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. One year later, I was finalist, with the BIODEPTH project, of the Descartes Prize of the European Union. My research interests are related to the central question: “Does biodiversity matter for ecosystem functioning, and the provision of goods and services?” Within this huge field, I focuse on the relationship between plant diversity and ecosystem processes, with special emphasis on productivity, soil nitrogen dynamics, and decomposition. I'm especially interested to elucidate the mechanisms behind diversity effects on these processes, such as resource use complementarity and facilitation. I have published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. I edited the book “Forest Diversity and Function”. Currently, I coordinate the EU FP VII project FunDivEUROPE;
  • Role in smallFOREST: WP2, PI.
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Alicia Valdés, Postdoc Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
  • Position: Postdoc;
  • Main research activities: I’m interested in the effects of anthropogenic landscape alterations on biodiversity, and on how these alterations condition the interdependence between biodiversity and ecosystem services. During my PhD (Oviedo University, Spain, 2011) I studied how the population biology of a forest perennial plant was affected by habitat loss and fragmentation;
  • Role in smallFOREST: In charge of the daily management of smallFOREST project, being responsible for the exchange of information between partners, coordination of field protocols and GIS database management, as well as for field data gathering, data analysis and scientific synthesis (specially in WP1 and WP6).
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Elsa Varela, Junior researcher Centre Technologic Forestal Catalunya
  • Position: Junior researcher;
  • Main research activities: My background is in forest engineering and I am currently working as a junior researcher for several projects on economic valuation of forest externalities (non-market goods and services provided by forests) and on environmental accounting frameworks for forests and forestry.  My thesis is focused on the economics of forest fire prevention. I am interested in economic valuation methodologies that enable estimating the impact of forest fires and assess the value of ecosystem services provided by forests;
  • Role in smallFOREST: WP5, socio-economic valuation.
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Kris Verheyen, Prof. Dr. Ghent University
  • Position: Director of Forest & Nature Lab, Chairman of Forest and Water Department;
  • Main resaerch activities: Forest Ecology and Management;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Site manager Belgium & deputy coordinator.
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Monika Wulf, Prof. Dr. The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
  • Position: Scientific Employee (Senior Scientist) at the Leibniz-ZALF, Institute of Land Use Systems and Extraordinary Professor for Plant Ecology at the University of Potsdam;
  • Main research activities: I teach mostly botany, plant ecology and statistics for ecologists/geoecologists from basic level up to PhD-student courses. I study long-term changes of plant species diversity and associated drivers in temperate forests. One of my research focuses is the relationship between land-use/cover changes and actual distribution patterns of forest plant species at the regional scale. Another focus is the challenge to reconstruct plant species distribution and composition in former times using different archival sources from the 18th century onwords. In particular, I am an expert in historical maps (up to 250 years old) and their processing for GIS-analysis. I apply various methods of data analysis at the species and community level including GIS techniques and multivariate statistics;
  • Role in smallFOREST: Site manager of the two windows in East Germany.
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