Prof. Teja Tscharntke
Teja Tscharntke is a professor of Agroecology at the University of Göttingen, Germany. His research focuses on biodiversity patterns and associated ecosystem functioning at different spatial and temporal scales and in managed and natural systems. Field studies are based in tropical and temperate regions, comparing food webs and multitrophic interactions, but he is also interested in multidisciplinary studies linking socioeconomic with ecological approaches. In the Agroecology Group, many people are working on a number of collaborative projects – often aiming at potential tradeoffs between viable land-use systems and biodiversity conservation in human-dominated, fragmented landscapes.
Dr. Péter Szabó
Péter Szabó (born 1972 in Hungary) is Deputy Head of the Department of Vegetation Ecology at the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Currently he is also Vice-President of the European Society for Environmental History. He is an environmental historian/historical ecologist. By training a medievalist, in his early days he studied the history of woodland management in the Carpathian Basin in the Middle Ages. After a post-doc at the Archaeological Institute of ELTE University in Budapest, he moved to Brno in the Czech Republic. Between 2012 and 2016 he was the principal investigator of the LONGWOOD European Research Council project. This interdisciplinary project combined archaeological, historical, palaeoecological and vegetation ecological data to understand long-term woodland dynamics for a larger region in high resolution focusing especially on the role of humans. His own work mostly focuses on forest history, especially on traditional management forms (coppicing, pollarding and the like), and he actively promotes the reintroduction of these techniques into forestry and nature conservation. He has also published on the history of historical ecology and on the theory and practice of interdisciplinary research.
Prof. Andrew Balmford
Andrew Balmford is Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, where his main research interests are exploring how conservation might best be reconciled with land-demanding activities such as farming, quantifying the costs and benefits of effective conservation, understanding why nature is being lost, and examining what works in conservation. To have most impact he focuses his research in developing countries and collaborates closely with conservation practitioners and with colleagues in other disciplines, including economics and psychology. He helped establish the Cambridge Conservation Forum, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the Student Conference on Conservation Science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Trustee of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Europe’s largest conservation charity. His 2012 book Wild Hope highlights success stories in conservation and argues that cautious optimism is essential in tackling environmental challenges.