Keynote Speakers
Professionals from around the globe.
Patricia Balvanera

Monitoring ecosystem services for policy design

National University of Mexico

Dr. Patricia Balvanera is a professor at the National University of Mexico. Her work aims to understand the links between biodiversity and human well-being. Her research has explored the role of biodiversity in regulating the supply of ecosystem services. Her team has contributed to tools for assessing the spatial patterns of ecosystem service supply.

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David Cooper

Assessing progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the SDGs and the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Dr. Harry David Cooper is Director, Division for Science, Assessment and Monitoring at the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Previously, he led work to promote the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and national biodiversity strategies and action plans. He was Secretary of the successful tenth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties, Nagoya, Japan, October 2010, which adopted the Strategic Plan and its twenty Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Earlier he led the development of the Convention’s Programme of Work on Agricultural Biodiversity and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.


Maria Dornelas

What assemblage time series teach us about biodiversity change in the Anthropocene

Scientists and naturalists have been recording their observations of ecological assemblages for centuries, and these observations provide precious information for how biodiversity has changed as the human population increased to 7 billion people. A growing global compilation of assemblage time series reveals great variation in trends of species richness and other metrics of alpha diversity, but consistent and systematic change of species composition. It also shows how these changes can be decomposed into the population trends behind the re-organisation of species in space taking place in the Anthropocene.

University of St Andrews

Maria Dornelas is a macroecologist who combines theory and innovative data to quantify biodiversity and understand the processes that shape it. She is a Reader at the University of St Andrews where her group is engaged in questions that range from mm scale species interactions on coral reefs, to global biodiversity patterns across taxa.



Matthew Hansen

Assessing global land change in support of biodiversity monitoring

University of Maryland

Prof. Matthew Hansen is a remote sensing scientist with a research specialization in large area land cover and land use change mapping. His research is focused on developing improved algorithms, data inputs and thematic outputs which enable the mapping of land cover change at regional, continental and global scales. Such maps enable better informed approaches to natural resource management, including deforestation and biodiversity monitoring and can also be used by other scientists as inputs to carbon, climate and hydrological modeling studies.


Henrique M. Pereira

Towards an operational global biodiversity observation network

iDiv / GEO BON

Prof Henrique M Pereira is chair of GEO BON and Professor at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. His research aims at understanding the patterns and processes of global biodiversity change, with the goal of informing environmental policy and management of ecosystems. He is particularly interested in the impacts of land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystem services across scale.