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Mr Albano Araújo is a senior officer at The Nature Conservancy in the Brazilian headquarters in Brasília. He is currently coordinating various projects, in partnership with Brazilian and international universities and government authorities at different levels, in the areas of ecosystem services, water management and decision support systems. Previously, Albano was a policy officer at the National Water Authority (ANA) in Brasília.

Dr. Débora Fernandes Calheiros has a degree in Biological Sciences by the University of São Paulo (1983), master's in Hydraulic Engineering and Sanitation by the University of São Paulo (1989) and Ph.D. in Sciences (Nuclear Energy and Agriculture) by the University of São Paulo & Michigan University (2003). Currently she is a senior scientist at the Pantanal centre of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) and editor of the journal Oecologia Brasiliensis. Débora has extensive experience in the area of Ecology, with emphasis on ecosystem ecology. Publications have focused, mainly, in the subjects: river ecology, food chain, stable isotopes (carbon and nitrogen), aquatic biota and rivers of the Pantanal.

Dr Sarah Dunn has 15 years' experience in hydrological and water quality modelling. She specialises in the development and application of catchment-scale models as a tool to facilitate the interpretation of physical processes operating at catchment scales and their implications for catchment hydrology and hydrochemistry.

Sarah has worked on a broad range of projects related to the prediction of impacts of land use on stream flows and hydrochemistry, and has undertaken a number of contracts carrying out modelling studies to support new policy development for implementation of the Water Framework Directive. Recently she has been carrying out research on the integration of natural tracers within hydrological modelling as a means of better understanding catchment scale processes.

Dr Martyn Futter is a catchment biogeochemist. His research is focused on understanding the consequences of human activity on the environment, and how these consequences will affect society in the future. His interests combine hydrology, geochemistry and ecology to understand the movement of water, nutrients and pollutants through a watershed. He is  interested in the response of natural and semi-natural ecosystems to the effects of anthropogenic stressors including climate change, land management and atmospheric deposition. He uses process-based watershed-scale models of the movement of water, sediment, nutrients and contaminants through the landscape; GIS modelling of watershed dynamics; advanced statistical techniques including multivariate and time series analysis; and public engagement.

Dr Antonio Ioris is a lecturer in human geography at Aberdeen University and research fellow at the Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability (ACES), which is a partnership between the University of Aberdeen and The Macaulay Institute. His main areas of research are related to water policy and institutional reforms in the water sector, with current research in Portugal, Brazil, Peru and Scotland. Previous work included the assessment of water sustainability, agriculture irrigation and river basin development. Ioris was a co-editor of the 2003 publication “The Pantanal: Scientific and Institutional Challenges in Management of a Large and Complex Wetland Ecosystem” (available online).

Dr Rob Jongman is a landscape ecologist with long experience in river ecology, nature conservation planning and environmental monitoring. His PhD project was on ecology, planning and policy in river systems. From 1995 until 2007 he worked on modelling river landscapes and water processes in the Orinoco (Venezuela) and Pantanal (Brazil).

His present interest is the implementation of academic ecological knowledge into real world problems and the interaction between science and practice. His present projects are focusing on this in the field of biodiversity monitoring and ecological networks. With Diversitas International and NASA he is co-lead in the GEO biodiversity Community of Practice GEO-BON and leader of the European pilot project on biodiversity monitoring EBONE.

Mr. Carlos Roberto Padovani has a degree in Biological Sciences by the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil (1986) and MSc in Biology (Ecology) by the National Research Institute of the Amazon (INPA), in 1992. Carlos is currently senior scientist at the Pantanal centre of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) with work in the areas of ecology and GIS. Publications included work in applied ecology, Pantanal flooding, and environmental impact assessment. He is currently finishing his doctoral thesis at the University of São Paulo, campus of Piracicaba.

Dr. Luigi Spezia received an MA in Economics from UCSC Milano in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Methodological Statistics from Università degli Studi di Trento in 1999. He spent two years as a Postdoctoral fellow at Athens University of Economics and Business and worked at Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, and Università Ca’ Foscari , Venezia.

His research interests include Bayesian modelling in time and space; computational statistics; environmental and ecological statistics.

He has been working for Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland since February 2008.

Dr. Andy Vinten is a senior scientist in the Catchment Management Group at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute. He is a soil and water management specialist with over 20 years experience in research on impacts of land use on water quality, including nitrates, salinity, phosphates, pesticides and faecal indicators. His current research concerns the evaluation of Best Management Practices for diffuse pollution control in a farm context, and the quantification of the agricultural loads of faecal indicator bacteria to water at field and catchment scale. He manages a Research work package entitled “Management to Enhance water quality” which aims to  provide research that will support effective policy and guidance on the management and enhancement of water resources and water quality, under present and future environmental conditions, focussed by an understanding of stakeholder needs and economic cost. He is investigating the cost:effectiveness of measures to mitigate diffuse pollution using national scale diffuse pollution models and literature data on cost:effectiveness along with local scale validation of effectiveness in monitored catchments.

Dr. Peter Zeilhofer is geographer and received his doctoral degree in forestry from the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munique (Germany). Actually he is professor at the Department of Geography at the Federal University of Mato Grosso – UFMT (Brazil). His research interests focus on the utilization and development of GIS applications for water resource monitoring and management and vector habitat mapping.


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Updated: 15 Jun 2016, Content by: AV