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Dr. Diogo Alagador
He works around conceptual and software development for spatial conservation problems especially integrating dynamic environmental factors. He has a Biology grade and a Master on Applied Mathematics. More recently his PhD studies were centred on methodological advances for spatial conservation planning under climate change where he had the opportunity to collaborate in development of a freely available software tool (MultyLink) and in lecturing Systematic Conservation Planning.
Prof. Stefano Allesina
Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, where he directs a laboratory devoted to the development of mathematical, statistical and computational methods for the analysis of ecological systems.
Prof. Miguel Araújo
Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and visiting Professor at the Universities of Évora and Copenhagen. Wide range of interests in biogeography, conservation planning, global change biology, and macroecology. Miguel Araújo is a highly cited author and recipient of several awards.
Dr. George Chan
He worked in TV and film for 18 years after joining the BBC to work with Sir David Attenborough on the series State of the Planet. Chan, travelled the world producing and directing on internationally renowned documentaries, such as Planet Earth and Wild China, and now brings a wealth of high quality broadcast experience to research and enterprise taking place in the UK. His early career started with a PhD in Evolutionary Biology.
Prof. Alexandre Diniz Filho
He has a wide range of interests in statistical methods applied to macroecology, biogeography and comparative analyses. Since 2014 he is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and now coordinates the National Institute of Science and Technology (INCT) in Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation, the most prestigious funding program in Brazil, creating a research network involving more than 120 researchers from all over the world.
Dr. Ricardo Garcia
Environment and science journalist, writer and trainer, with a background in History and a head for numbers.
Dr. Babak Naimi
His research interests revolve around spatiotemporal statistics, environmental modelling, and the interface between geo-informatics and biogeography. He is currently working on developing new methods for species distribution modelling under climate change and land use change scenarios to improve their ability for understanding ecological processes associated with the patterns in species distributions as well as to deal with the challenges in the methods.
Prof. Jorge Orestes
His research interests include graphs, combinatorial optimization, conservation biology, and macroecology. Part of his research has been directed to the development of models and algorithms to handle connectivity in priority area selection and in assessing species distributions. He is currently Full Professor at the Department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon.
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