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Jakki Mohr
Mohr is the Regents Professor of Marketing, the Gallagher Distinguished Faculty Fellow, and Fellow, Institute on Ecosystems, at the University of Montana. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the University of Montana in 1997, Mohr was an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Jakki studies challenges companies face in developing and commercializing break-through innovations, including a broad range of technologies ranging from scientific innovations to innovations in restoration and ecology.
Robin Chazdon
Robin Chazdon is professor emerita in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut, USA. Her long-term and on-going collaborative research focuses on successional pathways, forest dynamics, drivers of land-use change, and functional ecology of trees in Neotropical forests. She is an author of over 140 peer-reviewed scientific articles and co-editor of two books on tropical forests.
Elise Buisson
Buisson is Associate Professor at the University of Avignon (France), in the Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE). Her research concerns herbaceous ecosystem (grassland) plant community ecology applied to biological conservation or ecological restoration. Dr. Elise Buisson has participated in the SER conferences since 1998 and is a board member of SER Europe since 2010. She is actively involved in federating the French-speaking community working in restoration ecology to bring practitioners, land managers, researchers, students and elected representatives together (REVER).
Katharine Suding
Suding is Professor of ecology at the University of Colorado in Boulder Colorado USA. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan and was on the faculty at the University of California Berkeley before moving to Boulder. She leads the Long-term Ecological Research Program at Niwot Ridge and is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Her research is aimed at understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of systems, why some systems change rapidly and others are surprisingly stable, and how this information can help us better meet conservation and restoration goals.
Richard Hobbs
Hobbs is Professor and IAS Distinguished Fellow in the School of Plant Biology at the University of Western Australia, and leads the Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group. He focuses on sound empirical field ecology, conceptual and synthetic development, and practical on-ground application to ecosystem management and restoration. He maintains long-term studies in California and Western Australia. His work on restoration ecology, intervention ecology and novel ecosystems aims to provide a framework to guide management and policy, and has also promoted much needed scientific and public debate in this area.
Miguel Calmon
WRI Brasil, Diretor de Florestas
Calmon holds a Postdoc in Crop Modeling, University of Florida; Ph.D. in Soil Science, Penn State University; Masters in Irrigation Engineering, K.U. Leuven (Belgium); and a B.A. in Agronomy, UNESP, São Paulo, Brazil. In 2013  he accepted a position with IUCN as Senior Manager of Forest Landscape Restoration at the Global Forest and Climate Change Program in Washington, DC and after 3.5 years he joined WRI Brazil in March 2017 as the Director of Forests. He was the Coordinator of the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact (AFRP) from April 2009 – April 2011.
Terry Hughes
Hughes has broad research interests in ecology, marine biology and the social-ecological dynamics of coral reefs. He received his PhD in 1984 from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara before moving to Australia and James Cook University in 1990.In 2014, he was awarded an Einstein Professorship by the Chinese Academy of Science, and in December 2016 he was recognized by Nature magazine as one of the Ten people who mattered this year for his work on climate change and coral bleaching.
Charles J. Vörösmarty
Dr. Vörösmarty's research centers on human-environment interactions. He has led several teams that have executed interdisciplinary studies using earth system models depicting the Northeastern U.S., developed and analyzed databases of reservoir construction worldwide and how they generate downstream coastal zone risks, and assessed global threats to human water security and aquatic biodiversity. His recent work is aimed at introducing quantifiable metrics on corporate environmental performance into investment decisions made by the private sector within the impact investing domain.
Brigitte Baptiste
Instituto de Investigación de Recursos
Baptiste is a biologist by training with research experience in Amazon fish ecology and an MA at University of Florida in Latin American studies. Baptiste worked for a decade as Landscape Ecologist, teaching at the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Rural Development of the Javeriana University in Bogotá. She was appointed as General Director of Instituto Alexander von Humboldt in 2011.
Joaquim Levy
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
Joaquim Levy of the World Bank Group, Cristina Paşca Palmer from the Convention on Biological Diversity, Stephen Rumsey of Permian Global, and Rosa Lemos de Sá of Funbio address both the challenges and opportunities associated with scaling-up to achieve global restoration targets. Some key questions concern when and how public-private partnerships should be fostered, how governments can ensure the necessary long-term financing required for successful restoration, and when incentives to reduce degradation or foster restoration are warranted.
George Gann
SER Global Ambassador
Delegates from 55 countries joined together to deliver a powerful message at SER's World Conference in Brazil: Stop ecological degradation and restore ecosystems. Now is the time to fulfill the promise of ecological restoration. SER Global Ambassador delivered the presentation. You can read the full text of the call to action here.
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