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Working Group Co-Leads

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Sean HobanThe Morton Arboretum

As Tree Conservation Biologist, Dr. Sean Hoban works to understand, document, and conserve trees species, both rare and common. He also works to develop new tools and standards for conservation.
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Margaret HunterU.S. Geological Survey

Country or Region: USA
Realm studied: Freshwater, Marine, Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: South America, Carribbean, North America, West Africa
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Anna MacDonaldAustralian National University

I use genetics and genomics to inform conservation and wildlife management. Project coordinator for the Oz Mammals Genomics initiative. Also interested in invasive species, metabarcoding, eDNA.

Working Group Statistics

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Gender Balance

58.5%
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36.6%
Female

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82 Working Group Members

Genetic Composition
First name Last name Institute Country or Region Realm studied Earth Observation Working Group Observation Network
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Robert GuralnickFlorida Museum of Natural History

Country or Region: USA
Realm studied: Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: Remote Sensing, In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global
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Tina DohnaMARUM University of Bremen

Country or Region: Germany
Realm studied: Marine
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean
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Frank Muller-KargerUniversity of South Florida

Country or Region: USA
Realm studied: Freshwater, Marine, Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: Remote Sensing, In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global
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Corinne MartinELIXIR

ELIXIR is the European research infrastructure for life sciences data. I am responsible for ELIXIR’s international strategy, including ELIXIR's positioning and visibility with funders and policy-makers.
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Azeroual AbdelhamidFaculté Polydisciplinaire de Khouribga, Université Sultan Moulay Slimane

"Only dead fish float with the current; live fish swim against it"
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Yun CaoNanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES)

Country or Region: China
Realm studied: Terrestrial
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Chenbin WangNanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES)

Country or Region: China
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Gulab KhedkarDr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University

I am a molecular ecologist working with various aquatic ecosystems in India. My research is focused on population genetics of various organisms.
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Biju KumarUniversity of Kerala

Academician and researcher working on freshwater and marine biodiversity, with special focus on species distributions, phylogeography and ecosystem function. Area of research is the Western Ghats.
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Muddula Krishna NaranjiAndhra University

Ph.D in Marine Biology and Fisheries from Andra University, Andra Pradesh, India.
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Wilfried ThuillerCNRS - Université Grenoble Alpes

Country or Region: France
Realm studied: Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: Remote Sensing, In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global
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Cheryl MorrisonU.S. Geological Survey

I am a Research Geneticist at the U.S. Geological Survey. I am interested in freshwater and marine biodiversity, and conservation genomics applications. I specialize in deep-sea population genomics.
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Susana OrtizInstituto Humboldt

Country or Region: Colombia
Realm studied: Freshwater, Marine, Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: Remote Sensing, In Situ, N.A.
Geographic zone studied: Australia
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Billie SwallaFriday Harbor Laboratories; University of Washington

Country or Region: USA
Realm studied: Marine
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: North America, Pacific Ocean, Salish Sea
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Zacchaeus CompsonCentre for Ecosystem Genomics Applications (CEGA)

Country or Region: Canada
Realm studied: Freshwater, Marine
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global
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Sean HobanThe Morton Arboretum

As Tree Conservation Biologist, Dr. Sean Hoban works to understand, document, and conserve trees species, both rare and common. He also works to develop new tools and standards for conservation.
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Joachim MergeayResearch Institute for Nature & Forest (INBO)

My research deals with evolutionary biology and population genetics in a biological conservation framework. I am currently focusing on genetic criteria for species conservation.
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Andrew RomingerSanta Fe Institute

Country or Region: USA
Realm studied: Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: Remote Sensing, In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global
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Martina ZilioliCNR IREA

Country or Region: Italy
Realm studied: N.A.
Earth Observation Approach: N.A.
Geographic zone studied: Central and Western Europe
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Sze-wan PoongUniversity of Malaya

My research background is in algal molecular taxonomy and systematics, currently dabbling in transcriptomics.
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Margaret HunterU.S. Geological Survey

Country or Region: USA
Realm studied: Freshwater, Marine, Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: South America, Carribbean, North America, West Africa
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John RobinsonMichigan State University

Country or Region: USA
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Pier Luigi ButtigiegAlfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)

Country or Region: Germany
Realm studied: Marine
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Geographic zone studied: Global
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Martin BreedThe University of Adelaide

Martin is a Beacon Fellow in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide. He leads the Frontiers of Restoration Ecology group, which aims to better understand restoration science.
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Rodolfo JafféVale Institute of Technology

I am an ecologist working in the Brazilian Amazon. Currently I lead a research group on landscape genomics.
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Brit GarnerUniversity of Montana

PhD student in wildlife biology; host/content creator for Nature League on YouTube
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Francine KershawNatural Resources Defense Council

Country or Region: USA
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Earth Observation Approach: N.A.
Geographic zone studied: Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Antarctic Ocean
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Jeremy JohnsonNorthern Arizona University

Country or Region: USA
Realm studied: Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: Remote Sensing, In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Mesoamerica, North America, Oceania
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Anna MacDonaldAustralian National University

I use genetics and genomics to inform conservation and wildlife management. Project coordinator for the Oz Mammals Genomics initiative. Also interested in invasive species, metabarcoding, eDNA.
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Laura BertolaCity College of New York

I'm interested in how the rapidly changing field of genomics can contribute to conservation biology. During my PhD I explored different sources of DNA, such as non-invasively collected samples and museum specimens.
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Eric ArcherNOAA

Country or Region: USA
Realm studied: Marine
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
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Melinda ColemanNSW Department of Primary Industries

My research focuses on ecology, conservation and population genetics of kelp forests. My current work examines how kelp genetic diversity both mediates response and is impacted by climate change.
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Ivan Paz-VinasUniversity of Toulouse

The main goal of my research is to understand how historical and current processes determine patterns of intraspecific genetic diversity of populations living in dendritic river networks. I am also interested in the consequences of these processes.
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Brian HandUniversity of Montana

Country or Region: USA
Realm studied: Freshwater, Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: Remote Sensing, In Situ
Geographic zone studied: North America
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Joshua MillerUniversity of Alberta

Country or Region: Canada
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Evelyn JensenQueen's University

Country or Region: Canada
Realm studied: Freshwater, Marine, Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global
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Catherine GrueberUniversity of Sydney

Country or Region: Australia
Realm studied: Terrestrial
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Krystal TolleySouth African National Biodiversity Institute

Country or Region: South Africa
Realm studied: Terrestrial
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Geographic zone studied: South Africa
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Jessica Da SilvaSouth African National Biodiversity Institute

I am a postdoctoral researcher conducting genetic monitoring studies on several taxa within South Africa; testing protocols and metrics for long-term genetic monitoring.
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Lionel Di SantoNorth Dakota State University

Country or Region: USA
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Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: North America, Central and Western Europe
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Cristiano VernesiFondazione Edmund Mach

Main fields of expertise: evolutionary and conservation genetics also by means of eDNA and aDNA. Very much interested in making genetics fully integrated in biodiversity policies.
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Robert EkblomUppsala University

Research engineer working with applied conservation genomics in Scandinavian wolverine populations.
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David O'BrienScottish Natural Heritage

Lead on reporting for Scotland on Convention on Biological Diversity and national biodiversity indicators. Also interested in citizen science, urban ecosystems and herpetology.
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Sarah PearsonIndependent researcher

I’m a conservation scientist aiming to unite my molecular ecology PhD and biodiversity conservation qualifications with strong project management, research and life skills in a combination of roles including conservation practitioner and researcher.
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Nathaniel PopeThe University of Texas at Austin

Country or Region: USA
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Gernot SegelbacherUniversity Freiburg

Country or Region: Germany
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Ancuta FedorcaNational Research and Development Institute in Forestry Marin Dracea

My work is on connectivity and conservation, evolutionary processes, and species’ spatial patterns to provide useful information for biodiversity management.
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José A. GodoyEstación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC

I consider myself an empirical conservation geneticist and molecular ecologist. My research interests cover a wide range of scales, from species to individuals, and issues, including phylogeography, genetic diversity and structure and gene-flow.
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Brenna ForesterColorado State University

Country or Region: USA
Realm studied: Freshwater, Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: North America
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Myriam HeuertzINRA

I develop a research line on ecological population genetics of plants, mostly trees, from species-rich tropical and Mediterranean ecosystems.
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Colin KhouryInternational center for tropical agriculture (ciat)

Crop diversity, Food security, Plant genetic resources, Crop wild relatives, Conservation science
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Antonio Gonzalez-RodriguezUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México

I am a molecular ecologist working on temperate forest ecosystems in North America and Mesoamerica.
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Anni DjurhuusUniversity of the Faroe Islands

Country or Region: Faroe Islands
Realm studied: Marine
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global
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Bruno FadyINRA

Country or Region: France
Realm studied: Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Mediterranean
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Orly RazgourUniversity of Southampton

Country or Region: United Kingdom
Realm studied: Terrestrial
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Geographic zone studied: South America, East Africa and adjacent islands, Western Asia, Central and Western Europe
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Jason BraggRoyal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

Country or Region: Australia
Realm studied: Terrestrial
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Geographic zone studied: Oceania
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Gordon LuikartUniversity of Montana

Research interests in conservation biology, population genetics, and ecology. Research focuses on applications of genetics to the conservation of natural and managed populations.
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Oscar Daniel BeltránInstitute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM)

Hi, I'm the GEO-Colombia contact, glad to work with EO Data, training and research.
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Rob OgdenUniversity of Edinburgh

Country or Region: United Kingdom
Realm studied: Marine, Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global
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Richard SniezkoDorena - USDA Forest Service

Country or Region: USA
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Geographic zone studied: North America
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Kevin PotterNorth Carolina State University

I'm a forest tree conservation geneticist and landscape ecologist who conducts species vulnerability assessments and rangewide genetic diversity studies. https://kevinpotter.wordpress.ncsu.edu/
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Li ShiInner Mongolia Agricultural University

Entomologist, do research combining taxonomy of flies, biodiversity, geography and ecology. I go to the field about three months each year. Try to use insects as indicators of environmental changes.
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Lal RamlianaPachhunga University College

working on freshwater fish of northeast India, particularly Mizoram, India
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Xinghu QinUniversity of St Andrews

I am working on linking biodiversity levels using a community genetics approach.
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Michael BrufordCardiff University

Professor of Biodiversity, Cardiff University, Co-director of Sustainable Places Institute, Cardiff University, co-Chair IUCN SSC Conservation Genetics Specialist Group.
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Kakha NadiradzeDesertNet International UNCCD

Dr. Kakha Nadiradze as President of the Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD Georgia is a certified practitioner of Agriculture, in the field of Food Safety, Environment protection, Plants and Animals AgroBiodiversity conservation.
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Miriam Muñoz-RojasUniversity of New South Wales

Country or Region: Australia
Realm studied: Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: Remote Sensing, In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global
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Erin CameronSaint Mary's University

Country or Region: Canada
Realm studied: Terrestrial
Earth Observation Approach: In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global
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József GemlEszterházy Károly University

I am a soil microbial ecologist, the group leader of the Environmental Microbiome Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Eszterházy Károly University. I have studied the spatial and temporal compositional dynamics fungal and bact
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Brajesh SinghWestern Sydney University

My research identifies the quantitative relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functions and how natural/anthropogenic pressures such as land-use change and climate change affects these.
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Cat CampbellUniversity of Canberra

Country or Region: Australia
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Melissa MinterUniversity of York

Country or Region: United Kingdom
Realm studied: Terrestrial
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Geographic zone studied: Central and Western Europe
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Jennifer PiersonACT Parks and Conservation Service

Dr. Jenny Pierson is a population ecologist interested in the challenges faced by small populations. She has worked with land management agencies and completed applied ecology projects in the USA and Australia.
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Yayan wahyu c. KusumaResearch Center for Plant Conservation Botanic Gardens (LIPI)

Interested in biodiversity conservation. Currently, focusing on plant population genetics. Planning to establish biodiversity (plants) database in Indonesia, starting from Java.
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Libby LigginsMassey University

Country or Region: New Zealand
Realm studied: Marine
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W. Chris FunkColorado State University

My research program applies population genetic concepts and new genomic tools to address conservation questions.
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Louisa WoodCefas

Country or Region: United Kingdom
Realm studied: Freshwater, Marine
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Geographic zone studied: Global
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Eric AndersonColorado State University

I am a geneticist interested in conservation and fisheires and wildlife management.
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Andres GarrizIIB INTECH (CONICET-UNSAM)

Leading a project focused on soil microbiomes and their impact on the development of soil-borne phytopathogens.
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Serkan GülRecep Tayyip Erdoğan University

I am a researcher that studies on amphibians and reptiles in Turkey. I am interest in ecology and phylogeny of them, and also I focus on their distribution patterns using ecological niche modelling.
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Serge MorandCNRS-CIRAD / Kasetsart University

Current interest on the links between biodiversity and health facing global changes in Southeast Asia.
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Alexandra PavlovaMonash University

Dr Alexandra (Sasha) Pavlova uses genomics to understand evolutionary history and adaption of wildlife and incorporate evolutionary processes in management of threatened species.