Marten Scheffer

Leads the group on Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He works on the analysis of mechanisms that determine the stability and resilience of complex systems. With the help of a Spinoza award and an ERC grant, he is currently working on identifying early signals for critical transitions. He is a member of editorial boards of a number of scientific journals and books. He is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Beijer Institute and the Para Limens Institute. Marten Scheffer is also a musician: he plays the violin, the mandolin and the guitar.
www.sparcs-center.org
marten.scheffer@wur.nl

Jordi Bascompte

Obtained a PhD in Biology by the University of Barcelona, Spain (1994), supervised by Ricard V. Solé. This was followed by a postdoctoral position in Stephen Frank’s laboratory at the University of California, Irvine (1996-1997). He was awarded an independent postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara (1998-1999). In 2000 he became Associate Professor at Doñana Biological Station (CSIC) in Seville where he is a professor. He is also the recipient of the European Young Investigator Award (EURYI, 2004), the Ecological Society of America’s George Mercer Award (2007), the Rey Jaime I Award in Environmental Sciences (2010) and the Spanish National Award for Research in Environmental Sciences (2011). He has received an advanced grant from the European Research Council (2011). He is the editor in chief of Ideas and Perspectives in Ecology Letters and serves on the Editorial Review Board of Science journal. He was previously a member of the Editorial Boards of Conservation Biology, Oikos, Population Ecology and Theoretical Ecology. He is a faculty member of Faculty of 1000 Biology. Bascompte combines mathematical modelling, simulation and database analysis to address fundamental and applied ecology issues based on a synthetic, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. His current main interest focuses on ecological interaction networks for the purpose of describing their structure and relate it to its persistence and coevolution.
www.bascompte.net
bascompte@ebd.csic.es

Steve Carpenter

Focuses its work on ecosystem experiments and adaptive management of inland aquatic ecosystems, including trophic cascades and their effects on production and nutrient cycling, pollution, inland fisheries, eutrophication, diffuse pollution, ecological economics of aquatic ecosystems and resilience of socio-ecological systems. Carpenter is the Director of the Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In 2011, Carpenter was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize. His other notable awards include a Pew Fellowship in Conservation and Environment, the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Medal of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the Robert H. MacArthur Award from the Ecological Society of America, the Excellence in Ecology Award from the Institute of Ecology and the Naumann-Thienermann medal of the International Society of Limnology. He is chair of the Science Committee for the Programme on Ecosystem Change of the International Council for Science. He is co-editor of Ecosystems and member of the governing council of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. Carpenter has published 5 books and over 300 scientific papers, book chapters, reviewed reports and commentaries.
www.limnology.wisc.edu
srcarpen@wisc.edu

Laurie Beth Clark

(B.A. Hampshire College, M.A. University of New Mexico, M.F.A. Rutgers University)
Professor in the Department of Art of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1985 where she teaches Video, Performance and Installations, as well as special topics like Collaboration and Relational Aesthetics and different academic seminars in Visual Culture Studies. Her works are mainly large-scale site-specific installations, and often involve the participation of community members. Laurie Beth courses are interdisciplinary. She is well known for making the classroom an active and collaborative learning environment where diverse cultural contexts are considered. In her role as Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Programmes, Laurie Beth Clark is responsible for the hiring strategy and support programmes such as the university’s dual career couple initiative, and leadership and professional development. One of her primary goals is to build a sense of intellectual community among faculty and staff of the university. Clark received the Schlessinger Award for Mentoring in 2001.
www.lbclark.net
lbclark@wisc.edu

Jorge Marcone

Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and a Core Faculty Member in the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Marcone holds a Bachiller en Humanidades from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. At Rutgers, he has been a fellow for the Center for Historical Analysis, and for the Center for Cultural Analysis, where he has been too a seminar leader, and a member of its Executive Committee. In 2004-2005, he was the Class of 1946 Professor of Environment and the Humanities at the Center for Environmental Studies, Williams College.
Marcone’s specialization is in the emergent field of the Environmental Humanities. The environmental humanities focus on the far-reaching implications of local and planetary environmental crises and conflicts for aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, hermeneutics, literary theory, ontology, and postcolonial studies. Marcone’s main inquiry is how the EH can be informed by contemporary Latin American environmental literature and art, and by the impact of popular and indigenous environmentalisms in this region. Another line of Marcone’s research is devoted to the literature, film, and arts of Amazonia. Amazonian cultures, indigenous and non-indigenous, contribute in a very original way to current debates on the meaning of sustainability and resilience. 
On the fields above, Marcone has published on Alexander von Humboldt; Amazonian colonial literature; ecology in the Spanish American Regional Novel, the Latin American Romance of the Jungle, Mexican literature, Chicana literature, Pablo Neruda, José Emilio Pacheco, José María Arguedas, Mario Vargas Llosa, and César Calvo; and on film and the emergence of the “environmentalism of the poor.” Research by former and current graduate students at Rutgers include: ecology and British informal imperialism in the Spanish American Regional Novel; the chronicle and the Latin American city; ecology in colonial Caribbean texts; urban ecology, environmental justice and sustainability in contemporary Latin American and Latino literatures; a history of ecology and environmentalism in Spanish American literature; Amazonia in Peruvian and Brazilian literatures; Southern Cone Poetry and the “environmental turn” since the 1970s; indigenismo and indigenous films in Peru and Bolivia; among others.
Marcone is an Associate Editor for the journal Environmental Humanities, and reviewer for several journals, such as ISLE, Hispania, Mosaic, Arizona Journal of Cultural Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Latin American Research Review, PMLA,  Amazonian Literary Review, and Ecology and Society.
http://span-port.rutgers.edu/faculty/150-jorge-marcone
jorge.marcone@rutgers.edu

Carl Folke

Scientific Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is one of the founders of the Resilience Alliance and a member of its Executive Committee. He is involved in developing the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) and was engaged in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He has extensive experience in interdisciplinary collaboration between natural and social scientists, and has worked in ecosystems dynamics and services as well as the social and economic dimension of ecosystem management and proactive measures to manage resilience. He has received numerous awards, and has co-authored and edited several books and written over 200 scientific papers in journals such as Nature and Science, as well as being one of the 10 most cited scientists worldwide in the area of Environment/Ecology. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 2002 and a member of its Committee on Environmental Research. His research has been reported in many newspapers, radio and television, both in Sweden and internationally.
www.beijer.kva.se
carl.folke@beijer.kva.se

Pablo A. Marquet

Full Professor in the Department of Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; PhD in Biology, University of New Mexico, USA (1993); Postdoctoral Fellowship in Population Ecology, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (1994). The main focus of his research is macroecology. Due to its synthetic nature, macroecological research does not possess a predetermined temporal or spatial scale of analysis or a particular level of ecological organization; it encompasses phenomena in ecological and evolutionary time and spatial scales ranging from local communities to continental and global biota. What matters is not the scale but the question and the look. As in other branches of science, the search for invariants and general principles in complex systems takes the form of statistical regularities such as escalation rules. He has carried out research into the ecological and evolutionary implications of body size of organisms in an attempt to explain phenomena related to body size distribution of marine and terrestrial organisms in local communities, insular systems and continental biotas. At another level of analysis Marquet investigations have focused on the spatial structure of species assemblages at regional scale, the metapopulation dynamics and the existence of relations between patterns commonly studied separately such as the relationship between distribution and abundance, Taylor’s scaling rule, the log-normal distribution of abundance and nesting. Finally, he also seeks to apply research findings to the conservation of biodiversity and in particular the assessment of the conservation status of animal species.
www.bio.puc.cl
pmarquet@bio.puc.cl

Néstor Mazzeo Beyhaut

Has a degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Sciences. He teaches at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Ecology of Eastern Region University Centre (CURE) and the School of Science, University of the Republic (UdelaR). He is a researcher of the National Research System and various graduate programmes in Uruguay. At undergraduate level he is a professor of the Bachelor of Biological Sciences and Bachelor of Environmental Management programmes (UdelaR). His main lines of research, teaching and extension are related to ecology and restoration of aquatic systems. Since 2006, he has been involved in the development of SARAS Institute together with Marten Scheffer and members of the Scientific Board. He currently serves on the Institute’s Executive Committee and chairs the SARAS Foundation.
www.buscadores.anii.org.uy
mazzeobeyhaut@yahoo.com

Mariana Meerhoff

Associate professor and researcher at the Eastern Region University Centre (CURE) and the School of Science, University of the Republic (UdelaR), and an associate researcher at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, the university where she got her PhD in Science. She investigates the potential effects of climate change and changes in land use on the functioning of freshwater ecosystems, combining different approaches (field experiments, laboratory experiments, models and substitution of time by space) and levels of biological organization (from individuals to ecosystems).
www.buscadores.anii.org.uy
mm@dmu.dk

Ana Parma

Expert in fisheries modelling, assessment and management. Her main research interest is the development of stock assessment methods and strong data collection strategies. She is a researcher for CONICET, Argentina, and works on small-scale reef and coastal shellfish fisheries. Furthermore, Parma is interested in contributing to transparent scientific processes, for use in decision-making in fisheries management. As an independent scientist she has been involved in many scientific and policy advisory groups, panels and review committees in many different countries and international organizations. As a member of the Advisory Group to the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna, she is currently coordinating the development of a stock rebuilding strategy.
www.cenpat.edu.ar
anaparma@gmail.com

Osvaldo Sala

Julie A. Wrigley and Foundation Professor at Arizona State University. His focus is on working with scenarios as a way to simplify, understand and communicate the complex relationships that emerge from the study of socio-ecological systems. Sala has explored several topics throughout his career from water controls on carbon and nitrogen dynamics in arid and semi-arid ecosystems to the consequences of changes in biodiversity on the functioning of ecosystems, including the development of biodiversity scenarios for the next 50 years. His work is reflected in over 170 peer-reviewed publications and several published books. Osvaldo Sala is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Argentine National Academy of Science, and the Argentine National Academy of Physical and Natural Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
www.sols.asu.edu
Osvaldo.Sala@asu.edu

Eduardo Viola

Full Professor of International Relations, University of Brasilia, since 1993 and Senior Researcher of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ) since 1986. At present He is the Chair of the Brazilian Research Network on International Relations and Climate Change. Viola has a Masters in Sociology from the University of Campinas (1978), a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Sao Paulo (1982) and a Post-doctorate in International Political Economy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He teaches the Earth Systems Governance Programme at the University of Lundt (Sweden). Eduardo Viola has been visiting professor in several international universities, among them: Stanford, Colorado at Boulder, Texas at Austin, Notre Dame and Amsterdam. He is and has been a member of several scientific committees and has published eight books, more than seventy articles in journals, more than fifty book chapters in several countries and languages on issues of Globalization and Governance, Global Environmental Policy, International Relations in South America, and International Political Economics on Energy and Climate Change. Currently the focus of his research is “The international system in the Anthropocene”. He is interviewed frequently by TV channels, news radios and newspapers.
www.buscatextual.cnpq.br
eduviola@gmail.com

Frances Westley

Joined the University of Waterloo as the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation in July 2007. In this role she coordinates an initiative on social innovation in partnership with the J.W McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo and the Ontario government. Frances Westley is a renowned researcher and consultant in the areas of social innovation, strategies for sustainable development, strategic management and change, leadership and inter-organizational collaboration. Her most recent book, Getting to Maybe (Random House, 2006) focuses on the dynamics of social innovation, and institutional entrepreneurship. Frances Westley serves on numerous advisory boards including Resilience Alliance Board of Science, Emory University School of Ecology, Canadian Biodiversity Institute, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Evergreen Canada. She is on the editorial board of several journals. She is also the recipient of several awards including the Ulysses S. Seal award for innovation in conservation, and the Corporate Knights Award.
www.sig.uwaterloo.ca
fwestley@uwaterloo.ca

Ricardo Ehrlich

Docteur-ès-Sciences, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (1979). Professor of Biochemistry, School of Sciences, Uruguay; President of the Board of Directors, Pasteur Institute of Montevideo. Former researcher of the National Research Center (CNRS) France. Dean of the School of Sciences, University of the Republic, Uruguay (1998-2005). Author of numerous scientific publications on the regulation of gene expression and in vivo protein folding. Present work focuses on the mechanism of translation and in vivo protein folding.
Mayor of Montevideo (2005-2010); Minister of Education and Culture (Uruguay, 2010-2015).
Awards: Palmes Académiques (Officer, 2002, France); Pan American Association of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Societies Award (Chile 2004); Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur (France 2006), Doctor Honoris Causa of the Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris (2007); Sponsor of the 2009 PhD Promotion of the University of Strasbourg, France; Leloir Award, Argentine 2010; Konex-MERCOSUR Award in Science and Technology (Argentine 2013); Officer of the Legion d’Honneur (France 2016).
ehrlich@pasteur.edu.uy

Matilda Baraibar

Applies an historically informed political economy approach to contemporary agro-food globalization and agrarian change. Her main focus is on the interacting forces of international agro-food trade, technological shifts and institutional arrangements at different levels (global to local), and their differentiated consequences in specific territories. Baraibar teaches and supervises graduate and post-graduate theses in Economic History, International Relations and within the Master Programmes Globalization, Environment and Social Change, Global Political Economy and A new global food order - Global/Local Encounters, Contradictions, Tensions and Conflicts, at Stockholm University. Besides research and teaching, she is the Coordinator of equality and anti-discrimination work at the department of Economic History, Stockholm University. She is also a Municipal Deputy, Deputy of the Municipal Council of Spatial Planning, Deputy of the federal council “the Northern Water Board”, and Member of the Municipal Security Council. Baraibar has previously been working with Swedish development cooperation, as Project Officer at Framtidsjorden. She mainly worked with projects of rural development, urban permaculture and agroforestry in Asia and Latin America.
http://www.ekohist.su.se
matilda.baraibar@ekohist.su.se 




Jesse Kercheval

Jesse Lee Kercheval (B.A. Florida State University, MFA University of Iowa) is the Zona Gale Professor of English as well as the Loren and Marjorie Tiefenthaler Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is the Director of the Program in Creative Writing. She is a fiction writer, memoirs and poet and the author of fourteen books including the poetry collection Cinema Muto, winner of a Crab Orchard Open Selection Award; The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; and the memoir Space, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also a translator, specializing in Uruguayan poetry, and was a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow. Her translations include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia and Fable of an Inconsolable Man, by Javier Etchevarren. She is the editor of the anthologies and América invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets and the SARA anthology Earth, Water and Sky: An Bilingual Anthology of Environmental Poetry which was published in Uruguay in 2016 by SARAS and Editorial Yaugarú and in the U.S. by Diálogos Books.
jlkerche@wisc.edu


Henrik Österblom

Focus on governance of marine social-ecological systems, including transnational seafood corporations, fisheries and marine ecosystem based management, trophic cascades and seabirds. Österblom is Deputy Science Director at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, where he is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences. He has a degree in Behaviour Ecology from the Department of Zoology, Uppsala University, and a PhD in Marine Ecology from the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University. He has worked at the Swedish Museum of Natural History and as Special Advisor to the Swedish Government. His post-doctoral research was conducted at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre, and at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Österblom is engaged as principal investigator in Nereus – Predicting the Future Oceans Program, and member of the IMBER Human Dimension Working Group. He participates in the Seas of Norden Network, and is co-leading the Baltic Seabird Project. He is subject editor for Ecology and Society, Marine Policy, and PLOS One and has published over 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.

www.stockholmresilience.org
henrik.osterblom@su.se


Patricia Balvanera

Patricia Balvanera is a professor at the Institute of Ecosystems and Sustainability Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIES-UNAM). Her work spans from the dynamics of biodiversity, functions and services in secondary tropical forests, to the dynamics of supply, demand and value of ecosystem services in the context of social ecological systems. 

She has been participating in several global initiatives. She is the lead of a global monitoring program on ecosystem services (GEOBON-ES, Global Earth Observation –Biodiversity Observation Network- Ecosystem Services Working Group), and of a Mexican research network in social-ecological systems (Network in Social ecological systems and sustainability). She is the vice-chair of the scientific committee of the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), one of Future Earth Programs, and member of the scientific committee of the Leopold Leadership Program. She asssociate editor of the journals Ecology and Society, Ecosystem Services and International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Management and Ecosystem Services. She has contributed to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as a Coordinating Lead Author of Chapers I and II of the Guide on Values (Deliverable 3(d) of IPBES) as a Coordinating Lead Author for Chapters I and II. Her research is focused on the links between biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being, encompassing issues related to biodiversity dynamics and management, ecosystem service supply, use and value, and links to different components of well-being at different special scales.

Patricia has a broad interdisciplinary approach, derived from her experience as lead and participant of several research and synthesis projects. She is now working towards the promotion of the inclusion of multiple conceptualizations of value across scales and contexts trough her role as the Head of the Technical Support Unit on Values of the IPBES.
pbalvanera@cieco.unam.mx
www.iies.unam.mx/laboratorios/biodiversidad-bienestar-humano/


Esteban Jobbágy

For a long time interested on how plants modify the abiotic world, has established a team of researchers focused on groundwater-ecosystem coupling, providing insights on the reciprocal links between natural and cultivated vegetation and the hydrological cycle at multiple scales and settings. More recent research focuses on the rules dictating how humans control ecosystem processes such as biomass production, water transport or fires. Jobbágy is a Principal Researcher at Instituto de Matemática Aplicada de San Luis at Universidad Nacional de San Luis and CONICET. He is Chief Editor of Ecología Austral (main Ecology journal of South America) and a member of the National Academy of Agronomy of Argentina. In 2011 he obtained a Guggenheim fellowship and in 2013 received the Konex award for being one of the most influential researchers in Agronomy of Argentina over the last decade. Jobbágy has published 2 books and over 150 scientific papers, book chapters, and divulgation articles. He has participated in multiple governmental panels and stakeholder forums related to land use, environmental problems, global change and farming policy.

gea.unsl.edu.ar 
jobbagy@unsl.edu.ar


Cristina Zurbriggen

Cristina Zurbriggen is a PhD in Political Science, Eberhard–Karks University, Tubingen, Germany. She is currently a professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the Republic (Uruguay). She is a member of the National System of Researchers, Level II (since 2009). Previously, she was the Director of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Uruguay (2009-2012). She has been a Visiting Professor at Mexico, Spain, Ireland, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, England and Germany. Her research has addressed governance, policy networks and sustainable agriculture (meat traceability, soil erosion, water sustainability). Her current main interests focus on innovation Labs, co-creation methodology and other system methods to investigate the future of complex public issues. She is a member of the Co-Creative Capacity Pursuit funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Maryland, USA.

cristina.zurbriggen@saras-institute.org
www.buscadores.anii.org.uy



Juan Rocha

Juan's research questions are oriented towards understanding emergent patterns, from critical transitions in ecological systems to collective action in society. He studies cascading effects of regime shifts, that is, whether the occurence of a regime shift in a particular ecosystem will change the likelihood of other regime shifts in far away ecosystems. He is also interested in developing methods to identify resilience surrogates or good observables that can tell you how resilient a system is. Juan is ecologist by training and holds a PhD in Sustainability Science. Juan is a postdoctoral researcher at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (Swedish Royal Academy of Science) and the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University). He is also visiting scholar at the Princeton Environment Institute and in the Collective Learning group at Media Lab in MIT.
juan.rocha@su.se


Matias Piaggio

Matías Piaggio is Research Fellow of the Environment and Development - Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (EfD - CATIE) and Associate Professor at Professor at the Universidad de la República (Uruguay, on leave). He is PhD in Applied Economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) since June 2013, and has been consultant for UNDP and the World Bank. He works on studying the relationship between the economy and the environment at different scales. His fields of expertise are ecosystem services valuation, economic growth and environment, economic productive structure and environment, and experimental economics for analyzing the behavior of subjects using natural resources.

matias.piaggio@catie.ac.cr
http://www.efdinitiative.org/about-efd/people/piaggio-matias

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