Michael J. Donoghue is the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor in Yale's burgeoning department of ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB). In his research, Donoghue combines particular groups of organisms, especially flowering plants and fungi, with theoretical work on the principles of systematics. At Harvard, he has served as director of the Herbaria and professor in the department of organismic and evolutionary biology.
Jonathan A. Eisen, Ph.D. is an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). Most of his work involves the sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms and the development and use of "phylogenomic" methods to analyze the genome data. Jonathan also maintains a blog on phylogenomics (http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com)
Georgina Mace is Professor of Conservation Science and Director of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London. She was the winner of the 2007 International Cosmos Prize. She has been a Vice President of the British Ecological Society, President of the Society for Conservation Biology, a member of the Science Committee of Diversitas and editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B. Since 2002 she and colleagues have worked to establish methods for evaluating biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides, and changes in biodiversity that have been provisionally measured by the Red List Index.
David Mindell, Ph.D is curator of birds and dean of science at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, USA. His primary research interests are systematics and conservation biology of birds and evolution of viruses.
Roderic D. M. Page is Professor of Taxonomy at the University of Glasgow. Perhaps best known as the author of computer programs such as TreeView, TreeMap, GeneTree, and COMPONENT, his recent work focuses on integrating phylogenetic, taxonomic, and specimen databases. He is the developer of the http://ispecies.org search engine, and maintains a blog on phyloinformatics at http://iphylo.blogspot.com.
Richard Pyle discovers new biodiversity on the cliffs of coral reefs. During his dives, he has identified and documented hundreds of new species. Author of scientific, technical and popular articles, his expeditions have also been featured in the IMAX film Coral Reef Adventure, the BBC seriesPacific Abyss and many more. In 2005, he received the NOGI Award, the most prestigious distinction of the diving world. Currently, he is continuing his research at the Bernice P. Bishop Museum, outside Honolulu, Hawai'i, and is affiliated with the museum's comprehensive Hawaii Biological Survey. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Marine Exploration, of which he is a founding member. He continues to explore the sea and spearhead rebreather technology, and is a major contributor to the Encyclopedia of Life.
Dr Edward Vanden Berghe is the current Executive Director of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), the information component of the Census of Marine Life (CoML), and is the most authoritative web-based provider of global geo-referenced information on marine species. His recent work has focused on how to best make biodiversity data available through the internet -- free and open for everyone to use -- and how to ensure that data originators are properly acknowledged. Dr Vanden Berghe holds a PhD in Zoology from the Free University Brussels, with a thesis on mathematical modelling of nematode morphology.
Thomas Brooks serves as Chief Scientist at NatureServe and is located in Arlington, VA. At present, Thomas is a member of IUCN Species Survival Commission Steering Committee. Thomas's core expertise includes threatened species conservation (especially of birds) and in biodiversity hotspots (especially in tropical forests). He is an ornithologist by training, with extensive field experience in tropical forests of Asia, South America and Africa. He has authored 174 scientific and popular articles and including 69 indexed in the ISI ‘Web of Science' of which 19 have been in ‘Nature' or ‘Science'. (http://www.natureserve.org/aboutUs/people/tom_brooks.jsp)
Associate Curator of Entomology at the California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Brian Fisher can often found hip-deep in Madagascar mud. He is a modern day explorer who has devoted his professional career to the study and conservation of ants and biodiversity around the world. His research sends him through the last remote rainforests, deserts and plains of Madagascar and Africa in search of ants. Along the way, he has discovered over 1000 new species of ants, including Trap-jaw ants and Dracula ants. He has published over 75 peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals. He is currently Associate Curator of Entomology at the California Academy of Sciences.
Associate Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder
Robert Guralnick is an Associate Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department and Curator of Zoology in the CU Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado Boulder. His work focuses on documenting distributional, phentotypic and phenological responses of animals to climatic changes over longer or shorter time scales. Robert is also interested in data sharing missions for documenting current distribution of biodiversity from existing data sources. His webpage is http://sites.google.com/site/robgur.
Dr. Peter Kareiva moved to TNC after 20 years as a university professor and 3 years working on salmon conservation for NOAA Fisheries. His past publications and research have concerned such diverse fields as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and global climate change. Peter maintains connections with several universities, and still advises students, as well as teaching courses on occasion. (http://www.nature.org/tncscience/scientists/misc/kareiva.html)
Patricia Miloslavich is a professor of marine biology at the University Simon Bolivar (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela, affiliated with the Department of Environmental Studies and the Center of Marine Biodiversity. She earned a Licenciado degree from USB (1987) and a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Quebec at Rimouski, Canada (1995). Her field of research is tropical marine biology, particularly gastropod diversity and reproductive strategies. Her research has been presented in more than 100 scientific conferences, and published in more than 40 papers.
Hugh Possingham completed his doctorate at Oxford University in 1987. Postdoctoral research periods followed at Stanford University and ANU (as a QEII Fellow). In July 2000 Hugh escaped southern Australia to direct The Ecology Centre at The University of Queensland. Hugh is a Federation Fellow (2006-2010) and Director of a Commonwealth Environment Research facility. The lab includes six postdoctoral researchers and fourteen PhD students working on empirical and theoretical aspects of biodiversity conservation http://www.uq.edu.au/spatialecology/.
Andy Purvis is Professor of Biodiversity at Imperial College London, where he moved in 1995 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute of Zoology. His research integrates information on species' biology, distribution and evolutionary relationships to to try to explain large-scale patterns in the diversity of life, and to understand why some species are much more sensitive than others to human impacts. (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/a.purvis)
Peter Roopnarine serves as Curator of Geology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA. Peter attended University of California Davis and earned a Doctorate degree in Geology in 1994. Peter also has a Masters degree in Oceanography and a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. His research interests include biological extinction, extinction dynamics in complex ecological systems, and molluscan evolutionary ecology and systematics.
Quentin Wheeler serves as Vice President and Dean at Arizona State University and is located in Tempe, AZ. At present, Quentin is a member of Linnean Society of London and AAAS. Quentin attended The Ohio State University and studied Entomology and earned a Doctorate degree in 1980. Quentin's core expertise includes taxonomy, insect morphology and phylogeny, cybertaxonomy and role of taxonomy in biodiversity exploration and conservation.