Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Studied Electronic Engineering at the TU Dresden, received her PhD in the field of Physico-Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and habilitated about pattern-oriented modelling in ecology (venia legend: Theoretical Ecology) at the University of Bremen.Uta Berger">
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She now holds the professorship for Forest Biometrics and Systems Analysis at the TU Dresden. Her research focuses on a mechanistic understanding of the functioning of ecological systems. She is specifically interested in the link between the behavior of organisms, their adaptations to the environment, local interactions and all patterns observable at the different hierarchical levels of an ecological system.
Her approach includes, agent- and individual-based modelling to assess the risk of pests on plantations, to support the restoration of degraded mangrove stands and peatland forests, to analyse the adaptation potential of agro-forest systems to climate change, to assess the viability of endangered populations, but also to simulate the dynamics of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
Jointly together with her collaborators, Uta Berger developed several modeling tools (e.g., FON, POMIC), which are suitable to investigate the performance and adaptability of organisms, the net outcome of local interactions, as well as the dynamics of agent-based systems. She made major contributions to the development of the Pattern-Oriented Modeling (POM), which supports the efficient design, development, and evaluation of IBM/ABM even in situations where data are scarce. The POM approach can be used to estimate unknown model parameters and support (sub)model selection by cross-checking empirical with simulation patterns of plant populations and communities. The analysis of spatio-temporal patterns, presenting the dynamics and emergent properties of complex ecological systems, is another focus of her lab that has been successfully applied for analyzing the dynamics of ecological systems.
University of Twente, the Netherlands, & University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Tatiana Filatova is Professor of Computational Economic Modeling at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.Tatiana Filatova">
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Her research focuses on integrating human behavior and institutions in formal models of coupled socio-environmental systems. When studying these complex adaptive systems, she relies on spatial agent-based computational models combined with behavioral data collection on individual decisions and social networks. Prof. Filatova applies these methods to explore economic impacts of climate change, urban resilience and regional dynamics in coupled socio-environmental systems. This research has been distinguished by a number of international individual awards and grants including the Early career NWO VENI grant and the ERC Starting grant. She is an elected member of the Young Academy (DJA) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and of the KNAW Social Research Council. Prof. Filatova leads the Dutch national 4TU.Federation strategic research program on resilience of social-technical-environmental systems: ‘Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering’ (DeSIRE) that integrates engineering, ecology, economics and governance studies. Web: http://tatianafilatova.weebly.com/
Director of Division of Ecology School of Environment, Tsinghua University Beijing, China
Dr Xuehua Liu is an associate professor in School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.Xuehua Liu">
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After obtaining a PhD in Conservation Ecology from Wageningen University and also International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Observation (ITC), the Netherlands, Xuehua Liu focused on biodiversity conservation as well as regional ecological assessment since 2001. Specifically she paid a great attention on Giant Panda behave and its habitat research for more than 20 years. She aims to understand the fundamental ecology of giant panda and some other wildlife species, forest biodiversity under different disturbing processes, and roles of biodiversity to the region. In her researches, modeling is a useful tool and has been applied to many her works. In her academic fields, she has been the author and co-author of about 160 scientific papers and 10 books.
Xuehua Liu is director of Division of Ecology, School of Environment, and is leading ecological related multi-topic lecturing in her School of Environment, such as Principles of Ecology, Restoration Ecology and Applications, Global Environment Issues-Biodiversity, Regional Ecological Quality Assessment, etc.. She is very active in many academic associations and has been the members of scientific committee of EcoSummit2016 and ISEM2017. She serves on the editorial board of three journals, which are ACTA Theriologica Sinica (Chinese journal), Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation (International journal) and Ecological Modelling (International journal). She has completed organizing the special issue for Ecological Modeling and is organizing another one for Ecological Engineering.
Xuehua Liu is currently also doing many tasks to service the various levels’ government for providing the techniques and suggestions on better management. She has been actively involved in the effort on taking biodiversity into strategic impact assessment in China. She is the member of expert committee on giant panda research and conservation of original National Forestry Administration in China, the member of expert committee on ecological composition of National Development and Reform Commission in China, the member of academic committee of Beijing Institute of Ecological Technical of China International Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd.. Due to her great achievements in biodiversity and ecosystem, she has been recommended as the expert of China delegation to participate UN Biodiversity Conference 2018 - COP14 in Sharm EI Sheikh,Egypt.
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Talk Title: Using spatial simulation to understand ecosystem dynamics of the past and their legacies for the future
My research is focused on the long-term effects of humans on forest ecosystems and, in particular, how anthropic changes to disturbance regimes have restructured ecosystems and the legacies and challenges this has left for the restoration and conservation of modern ecosystems.
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This research synthesises palaeoecological and neo-ecological data using spatial simulation approaches. I studied at the University of Canterbury (NZ), before doing a PhD at the University of Melbourne (Australia). I then worked in the Department of Geography at King's College London for four years before moving to the School of Environment in Auckland (NZ) in 2004.
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Rupert Seidl is professor of forest ecosystem management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna. His research focuses on understanding how climate and disturbances affect forest ecosystem dynamics.Rupert Seidl">
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He applies novel ecological insights towards increasing the robustness of forest management in a changing world. Seidl has simulated forest ecosystems from the scale of individual trees to the continental level, and is the principle investigator of the individual-based forest landscape and disturbance model iLand.
University of Salzburg, Austria
Josef Strobl is Professor at the University of Salzburg, leading the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics. He holds degrees in Geography from Vienna University and is teaching GIScience and related subjects in residential and online graduate programs.
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He is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and head of its Commission for Geographic Information Science. Serving as a board member for international organizations like EUROGI, ISDE and GISIG and on the editorial boards of leading journals in Geoinformatics and GIScience, he is promoting and spearheading various SDI-related initiatives.