Dr. Ulf Dieckmann
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Presentation Title: Modeling eco-evolutionary dynamics: Bridging between theories and applications
Ulf Dieckmann is the director of the Evolution and Ecology Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria.
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Having authored 200+ research articles and edited five books, he is working on the theory of adaptive dynamics, fisheries-induced evolution, cooperation research, speciation theory, spatial ecology, life-history theory, and on diverse problems in theoretical evolutionary ecology. Dr. Dieckmann received his bachelor’s degree in physics and his master’s degree in theoretical physics from the University of Aachen, Germany. He completed his PhD research in theoretical biology at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and obtained his venia legendi in biomathematics from the University of Vienna, Austria. He has worked at Stanford University and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, USA, the Research Center Jülich, Germany, the University of York, UK, Leiden University, the Netherlands, and the University of Vienna, Austria. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Montpellier, France, and a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, Germany.
Towson University, USA
Presentation Title: Application of systems thinking and ecological models to reduce environmental fragmentation
Brian D. Fath is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and Research Scholar within the Advanced Systems Analysis Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). He teaches courses in ecosystem ecology, environmental biology, networks, and human ecology and sustainability.
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Prof. Fath has also taught courses on ecological networks and modeling in Portugal, China, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Croatia, France, Russia, and South Africa. He holds visiting faculty appointments at the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University and at the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences both in Beijing, China. He was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Parthenope University of Naples, Italy in spring 2012 and recipient of the Prigogine Medal in 2016.
His research is in the area of systems ecology and network analysis applied to the sustainability and resilience of socio-ecological systems. His interests range from network analysis to ecosystem theory to urban metabolism to systems thinking and environmental philosophy.
Prof. Fath has published more than 140 research papers, reports, and book chapters. He co-authored three books: Flourishing Within the Limits to Growth: Following Nature’s Way (2015), Ecological Modelling (4th edition, 2011), and A New Ecology: Systems Perspective (2007). He is also Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling; Editor-in-Chief for Encyclopedia of Ecology (2nd edition, to be published 2018); President of the North American Chapter of the International Society for Ecological Modelling; Chair of the Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group in the Community Surface Modeling Dynamics System; and, member and past Chair of Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality.
Prof. Yoh Iwasa
Kyushu University, Japan
Presentation Title: Coupled social-economic and ecological dynamics: examples from lake water eutrophication, Mongolian rangeland, and illegal logging of tropical forests
I received PhD from Kyoto University (Theoretical Biophysics) in 1980. After doing postdoc at Stanford and Cornell, I joined the faculty of Department of Biology, Kyushu University in 1985.
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My major is "Theoretical Biology" -- my works include the evolution of mate preference, the dynamics of tropical forests, the limb bud development, and cancer as a mini-evolution. Director, Institute of Advanced Study Kyushu University (since 2010). FHM of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2006). Co-Chief-Editor of Journal of Theoretical Biology (since 2005).
Prof. Xi Ji
Peking University, China
Presentation Title: The optimal scale of global economy under the ecological constraints: the role of market and technology
Xi Ji is Associate Professor at Peking University, School of Economics, the Vice Director of Department of Development Economics. She holds a Ph.D from Peking University.
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Her teaching and research fields are ecological economics, resources and environmental economics, urban economics, environmental accounting and policy. Her previous interest in urbanization, energy policy, environmental accounting and ecological modelling has resulted in over 30 papers in professional journals such as Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Energy Policy, Ecological Modelling, Journal of Cleaner Production. She now is writing extensively on ecological economics, and in particular on the paradigm and theoretical basis of ecological economics, the optimal scale of marco-economies, and steady state economics. As the Project Director, she leads several academic projects in China, such as the Natural Science Foundation of China, Research Project of Humanities and Social Sciences Funded by the Ministry of Education of PRC, the sub-project of Key Project of the National Social Science Fund and National Science and Technology Support Program.
Prof. Deok-Sun Lee
Inha University, Republic of Korea
Presentation Title: Structure and species abundance of the mutualistic networks under interspecific competition
Deok-Sun Lee is an associate professor of physics at Inha University in Korea. He received Ph.D. degree from Seoul National University in 2003 with his study on the statistics of fluctuating interfaces.
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He did his postdoctoral research at Saarland University in Germany, University of Notre Dame, and the Center for Complex Network Research at Northestern University in USA. His recent research is focused on theoretical problems in network science and its application to complex systems. He has contributed to understanding phase transitions and critical phenomena of various model dynamic processes on complex networks and recently worked on the topological characteristics of mutualistic networks. Also he has studied the global organization and evolution of bacterial and human cellular networks in the context of their implications for human diseases. His research has received several awards including the Cozzarelli prize from the National Academy of Sciences and TJ Park Science Fellowship from POSCO foundation.
Prof. Axel Timmermann
Pusan National University, Republic of Korea
Presentation Title: The astronomical theory of human migration
Axel Timmermann conducted his PhD research at the Max Planck Institute of Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany and received his PhD in Meteorology in 1999 from the University of Hamburg. After 2 years as a postdoc in the Netherlands and 3 years as research team leader at the IfM-GEOMAR/University of Kiel, Germany, he moved to the University of Hawaii to work first as an associate professor and then from 2009- 2016 as a full professor at the International Pacific Research Center and the Department of Oceanography
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In January 2017 Dr. Timmermann became the Director of the new IBS Center for Climate Physics at Pusan National University, where he also holds a Distinguished Professorship. In 2008 Axel Timmermann received the prestigious Rosenstiel Award in Oceanographic Science for his fundamental contributions to ocean science. In 2015 he was awarded the University of Hawai’i Regents’ Medal for Research Excellence and in the same year he also became a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. In April 2017 Prof. Timmermann will receive the Milankovic Medal from the European Geosciences Union in 2017 for his contributions to paleoclimate research.