Biodiversity and Resilience of Agroecosystems Workshop, March 7 &8, 2013, Montpellier, France.
Shahid Naeem, Director of Science, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), Columbia University. Dr. Shahid Naeem is interested in how changes in the distribution and abundance of plants, animals, and microbes affect ecosystem functions and, by extension, how ecosystem services are affected. His work combines theoretical, observational, and experimental studies under field and laboratory conditions to uncover the mechanistic bases for the impacts of biodiversity loss on ecosystems. His work has demonstrated how the loss of species from ecosystems affect their ability to resist invasion by other species, affect production and nutrient cycling, and affect the reliability and stability of ecosystems. His current field work includes American northeastern deciduous forests and Inner Mongolian grasslands in China. He is actively involved in bringing the science of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning to conservation, restoration, and policy development. Dr. Naeem's activities include training, teaching, and outreach, sharing with both the scientific and non-scientific community current theory and findings concerning how biodiversity loss may impact our environment. Naeem is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society of Naturalists, the British Ecological Society, the Ecological Society of America, the Society for Conservation Biology, the Society for the Study of Evolution and Sigma Xi.
Biodiversity and Resilience of Agroecosystems Workshop, March 7 &8, 2013, Montpellier, France
Unai Pascual, Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) and Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge (since 2003). Unai Pascual is an ecological economist with more than 15 year experience who bridges the social and natural sciences for understanding complex social-ecological systems. His research focuses on the interconnectedness between global environmental change and economic development paying special attention to the evolutionary role of institutions, markets and environmental governance across scales. He has conducted research projects in many countries around the world, including Europe, the USA and in developing countries such as Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, India, Ethiopia and Malawi. Prof Unai Pascual has an active role as advisor to international environmental policy bodies, including the European Commission, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (UN-FAO). He is member of the AgroBiodiversity scientific committee of Diversitas International, of the European Board of the European Society of Ecological Economists (ESEE) and editorial member of international journals in Environment and Development Economics. He has been a Coordinating Lead Author for the Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative and has also been involved in the Millennium Assessment exercises in the UK (UKNEA) and Japan. Prof. Unai Pascual has lectured in several universities in Europe (Cambridge, Manchester, York, Barcelona, Bilbao) and in Latin America (Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia).
In preparation for the international conference in 2014, scientific activities and events are organized to promote a collective expertise on the resilience of social and ecological systems.
Ateliers en amont de la conférence Resilience 2014, 4-8 mars 2014,Montpellier, France
Web site of the International Conference : resilience2014.org/