Future Earth Symposium “Global Biodiversity Monitoring” Yale, May 2015.

Future Earth Biodiversity Monitoring 2015 Participants

Agenda, Day 1  –  Monday, May 4, 2015

Setting the Stage: Science of Biodiversity Change and Observations

9:00 Welcome

Sir Peter Crane, Dean, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
David Skelly, Director, Peabody Museum Natural History
Os Schmitz, Director, Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies
Walter Jetz, Associate Professor, Yale Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

PETER CRANE is Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and professor of botany. His work work focuses on the diversity of plant life: its origin and fossil history, current status, and conservation and use.

DAVID SKELLY is professor of ecology and associate dean for research at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. His work has focused on linking large scale ecological patterns with underlying mechanisms and recently has centered on pond-breeding amphibians.

OSWALD SCHMITZ is Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and director of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies. His research focuses on studying the linkage between two important components of natural systems: pattern in the distribution and relative abundance of species biodiversity and the quantity and rate of biogeochemical cycling, resource supply, and plant production and ecosystem function.

WALTER JETZ is associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is broadly interested in global biodiversity science. His research is interdisciplinary and combines elements of biogeography, community ecology, landscape ecology, macroecology, global change ecology, evolutionary and comparative biology, biodiversity informatics and conservation.

9:20 Future Earth Overview: Linking Knowledge through Observations, Research
and Decision Making [PDF]

Dennis Ojima, Colorado State University

DENNIS OJIMA is a Professor in the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Department and Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and a Senior Scholar at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. His research areas include global change effects on ecosystems around the world.

9:40 Science supporting the Convention on Biological Diversity [PDF]

David Cooper, Convention on Biological Diversity

HARRY DAVID COOPER is Director, Division for Science, Assessment and Monitoring at the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. His specialties include policy and science related to biodiversity and global change, international environmental negotiations, and plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

10:00 Biodiversity indicators [PDF]

Chris Mcowen, World Conservation Monitoring Center, Cambridge

CHRIS MCOWEN is a senior post-doctoral fellow working with the Marine team at the United Nations Enviroment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC). He researches a variety of aspects relating to marine capture fisheries, so that future fisheries production can be predicted and marine ecosystems exploited sustainably.

10:10 IBES Regional Assessments: a window of opportunity [PDF]

Eva Spehn, GMBA, SCNAT

EVA SPEHN is Executive Secretary of Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA), a cross-cutting network of DIVERSITAS with the task to explore and explain the great biological richness of the mountains of the world. She is a member of Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT).

10:20 COFFEE

The Science of Assessing Biodiversity Change I

10:35 Detecting Diversity: Paradigm shifts in estimation of species distribution and abundance [PDF]

Steve Beissinger, UC Berkeley

STEVE BEISSINGER is A. Starker Leopold Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Professor of Convervation Biology at the College of Natural Ressources, UC Berkeley. His research studies conservation, behavior and population biology toward the goals of understanding the influence of climate change, managing endangered or commercially-valuable wildlife, or by understanding the factors shaping life histories to satisfy our curiosity about how nature works.

10:55 Is local biodiversity declining or not? How can we tell? [PDF]

Bradley Cardinale, University of Michigan

BRADLEY CARDINALE is associate professor in the School of Natural Resources & Environment at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests are all tied together by a common thread, which is to understand the causes and consequences of changing biodiversity in the modern era.

11:15 Community-level models of biodiversity change [PDF]

Simon Ferrier, CSIRO

SIMON FERRIER is a research scientist in Ecosystem and Biodiversity Knowledge and Systems at the Center for Biodiversity Analysis of CSIRO in Australia. His research interests include macroecological modelling approaches to biodiversity assessment and conservation.

11:35 Biodiversity change: a network perspective [PDF]

Guy Woodward, Imperical College London

GUY WOODWARD is reader in ecology in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Life Sciences (Silwood Park), at Imperial College London. His current research interests are focused on quantifying the impacts of stressors (climate change, acidification, eutrophication, species invasions and habitat alteration) on the structure and functioning of aquatic ecosystems.

11:55 A dynamic Map of Life: Monitoring species distributions [PDF]

Water Jetz, Yale University

WALTER JETZ is associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is broadly interested in global biodiversity science. His research is interdisciplinary and combines elements of biogeography, community ecology, landscape ecology, macroecology, global change ecology, evolutionary and comparative biology, biodiversity informatics and conservation.

12:15 Discussion

12:30 LUNCH

The Science of Assessing Biodiversity Change II

13:30 Monitoring and modelling species extinction risk [PDF]

Resit Akçakaya, Stony Brook University

H. RESIT AKCAKAYA is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution of Stony Brook University in New York, USA, and is associated with the university's Consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Environmental Research.

13:50 Moving from biodiversity towards functional diversity at large spatial scales [PDF]

Katrin Böhning-Gaese, BIK-F, Frankfurt

KATRIN BÖHNING-GAESE is professor and Executive Director of the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt. Her research interests include macroecology, community ecology and conservation biology, along with the influence of global climate and human land-use change on animal populations and communities in the tropics and in the temperate regions.

Remote Sensing of Biodiversity Change

14:10 Biodiversity from space: filling the data gap [PDF]

David Schimel, JPL Pasadena, AIMES

DAVID SCHIMEL is a research Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology. His research interests include climate science, ecosystems and the carbon cycle.

14:30 Remotely sensing functional biodiversity: a temperate forest case [PDF]

Michael Schaepman, University of Zurich, ESA

MICHAEL SCHAEPMAN is professor of remote sensing in the Department of Geography, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science, and director of the University Research Priority Program in Global Change and Biodiversity at the Univeristy of Zurich. His research interests include Earth observation, remote sensing, and imaging spectroscopy.

14:50 Multi-sensor monitoring of biodiversity [PDF]

Woody Turner, NASA

WOODY TURNER s the Program Scientist for Biological Diversity and Program Manager for Ecological Forecasting in the NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate. As program scientist, he oversees the agency's basic research efforts to use satellite-derived information to understand the relationship of biodiversity to climate, landscape change, and ecosystem function.

15:10 Discussion

15:20 COFFEE

Regional and Global Biodiversity Observation

15:35 Towards enchanced global biodiversity observation, GEO BON [PDF]

Mike Gill, GEO BON Environment Canada

MIKE GILL is a research scientist with the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP), Canada, and serves as vice-chair of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Monitoring Network (GEO BON).

15:55 Plant diversity monitoring in tropical forest of South East Asia: [PDF]
transects along latitudinal and altitudinal gradients

Tet Yahara, Kyushu U, Asia BON

TETSUKAZU YAHARA is a professor in the Department of Biology at Kyushu University, Japan, and co-chair of the bioGENESIS core project of DIVERSITAS and of GEO BON genetics/phylogenetics working group.

16:10 Global forest monitoring: CTFS-ForestGEO network [PDF]

Kristina Anderson-Teixeira, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

KRISTINA ANDERSON-TEIXERA is a staff scientist in Ecosystem ecology, Forest ecology, and Global ecology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute PANAMA. She is leader of the CTFS-ForestGEO Ecosystems & and Climate Initiative.

16:25 The TEAM monitoring network [PDF]

Jorge Ahumada, Conservation International

JORGE AHUMADA is the Executive Director for TEAM, The Tropical Assessment & Monitoring Network at Conservation International. He has worked on the impacts of climate change on disease and biodiversity, incorporating the effects of temperature and rainfall on models of disease-transmitting vectors and more recently on the use of camera traps for monitoring vertebrates.

16:35 The CTFS-ForestGEO Arthopod Initiative 2009-2015:
How to monitor insects in tropical forests [PDF]

Yves Basset, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

YVES BASSET is scientific coordinator of the CTFS Arthropod Initiative, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama. His research interests include insect-plant interactions and herbivory in the tropics and biodiversity, host-specificity of insect herbivores, insect spatial and temporal distribution; community structure and taxonomy of arboreal arthropods; tropical forest canopies; community ecology; parataxonomist training; and arthropod conservation.

16:45 Mountains as experiments by nature: Bioclimatological biodiversity monitoring [PDF]

Christian Körner, University of Basel

CHRISTIAN KÖRNER is Professor Emeritus of Plant Sciences at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His main interests are forest ecology, alpine ecology and the influence of environmental factors on plants. He is chairman of the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) of DIVERSITAS, now Future Earth.

16:55 Monitoring plant traits: The TRY network [PDF]

Jens Kattge, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

JENS KATTGE is group leader of the Research Group in Functional Biogeography at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany. His research interests are focused on the role of plants for the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems: from plant ecophysiology and biodiversity to macro-ecology and the representation of plants in the context of Earth-system models.

17:05 Discussion

17:20 Reception | Remarks | Launch: Map of Life in your pocket

Hal Mooney, Stanford University

HAL MOONEY is Paul S. Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

18:30 Dinner | Greenberg Center

Agenda, Day 2  –  Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Future Earth Partner Projects

9:00 Future Earth projects: a brief recap [PDF]

Dennis Ojima, Colorado State University, Boulder

DENNIS OJIMA is a Professor in the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Department and Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and a Senior Scholar at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. His research areas include global change effects on ecosystems around the world.


Erle Ellis, University of Maryland

ERLE ELLIS is associate professor in Geography & Environmental Systems, the University of Maryland Baltimore Country. His research investigates the ecology of human-managed ecosystems at local and global scales towards the goal of informing sustainable stewardship of the biosphere in the Anthropocene.


Tim McPhearson, The New School

TIMON McPHEARSON is assistant professor of ecology at The New School. His research, teaching, and activism centers on the premise that humans are integrated components of ecosystems and therefore must recognize and take responsibility for the intimate role they play in the structuring and functioning of all ecosystems.


John Broome, CODATA

JOHN BROOME is Treasurer for the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and a contributor to the International OneGeology initiative. His interests include research data management policy, data stewardship, and geospatial and geoscience data standards.


Michael Donoghue, Yale University

MICHAE DONOGHUE is Sterling Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Curator of Botany at Yale Peabody Museum.


Cornelia Krug, Université Paris-Sud 11

CORNELIA KRUG is scientist in the Laboratoire d'Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution, Université Paris-Sud 11. Her research interests include ecology, ecosystem services, and biodiversity.

9:30 IMBER [PDF]

Joel Llopiz, Woods Hole

JOEL LLOPIZ is an assistant scientist in biology at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His research interests include Larval fishes, fisheries oceanography, zooplankton, trophic ecologies and interactions of larval fishes, and planktonic food webs.

9:35 Discussion

Monitoring Marine Biodiversity

9:45 Marine: OBIS and GOOS Biology & Ecosystems [PDF]

Ward Appeltans, IOC, UNESCO

WARD APPELTANS is the project manager at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), based at the IOC project office for the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE). He has been leading work packages related to data management and data infrastructures in several EU projects.

9:55 Demonstration of a U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON)
in a public-private partnership [PDF]

Frank Muller-Karger, University of South Florida

FRANK MULLER-KARGER is a biological oceanographer and professor at the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida. His research centers around on how marine ecosystems change in time. He uses time series of observations collected by traditional oceanographic methods and by satellite sensors to study changes in water quality, primary production, and biodiversity in coastal and marine environments.

10:05 Discussion

Monitoring Isolated Habitates: Rivers, Lakes, Mountains

10:15 Monitoring and modelling freshwater biodiversity [PDF]

Isabelle Durance, Cardiff University

ISABELLE DURANCE is a senior lecturer and PLACE Research Fellow at the Cardiff School of Biosciences, Wales. Her My current research focuses on the role of biodiversity is sustaining key ecosystem services, the application of landscape ecology to biodiversity conservation, the detection and modelling of climate change impact on river ecosystems, and investigating thresholds and resilience in the functioning of coupled ecological and social systems.

10:25 Spatial modelling of freshwater species [PDF]

Sami Domisch, Yale University

SAMI DOMISCH is a postdoctoral researcher in Global Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Lab at Yale.

10:30 Discussion

10:40 COFFEE

Integrating Disparate Data

10:55 Taxonomies, infrastructure, citizen science [PDF]

Rob Guralnick, University of Florida

ROB GURALNICK is associate curator of Biodiversity Informatics in the Department of Natural History and Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida.

11:10 End of Public Symposium


First name Last name Affiliation
Jorge A. Ahumada Conservation International
Matthew Aiello-Lammens University of Connecticut
Resit Akcakaya Stony Brook University
Giuseppe Amatulli Yale SBSC
Kristina Anderson-Teixeira Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Ward Appeltans UNESCO-IOC
Claire Baldeck Yale University
Yves Basset STRI, Panama
Champak Beeravolu Reddy City College of New York, CUNY
Steven Beissinger Berkeley
Katrin Boehning-Gaese BiK-F, Senckenberg
John Broome CODATA
Brad Cardinale University of Michigan
Ben Carlson Yale University
Megan Cattau Columbia University
David Cooper Convention on Biological Diversity
Peter Crane Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Tenzing Doleck The Grad Center at CUNY
Michael Donoghue Yale University
Daniel Dunn Duke University
Michelle Duong Yale, Map of Life
Isabelle Durance Cardiff School of Biosciences
Erle C. Ellis University of Maryland
Miguel Fernandez IDIv, GEO BON
Simon Ferrier CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Irene Garonna University of Zürich
Mike Gill GEO BON
Melissa Goodall Yale office of Sustainability
Carla Guillen University of Zürich
Robert Guralnick University of Florida
Healy Hamilton NatureServe
Linda Holcombe Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Andrew Hoskins CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Rehnuma Islam City College of New York, CUNY
Marta Jarzyna Yale University
Walter Jetz Yale University
Alun H Jones University of Sheffield, UK
Jens Kattge Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Christian Körner GMBA, University of Basel
Cornelia Krug University of Paris
Joel Llopiz Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.
David J. Lohmann City College of New York, CUNY
Jeremy Malczyk Yale, Map of Life
Chris McOwen UNEP-WCMC
Timon McPhearson bioSUSTAINABILITY
Cory Merow US Fish and Wildlife Service, Laurel, MD
Katherine Mertes Yale graduate student
A. Nicole Mihnovets Columbia University
David Mindell NSF
Hal Mooney Stanford University
Frank Muller-Karger University of South Florida
Dennis Ojima Colorado State University
Katherine Orrick Columbia University
Theodora Pinou Western Connecticut State University
Ryan Powers Yale University
Ignacio Quintero Yale University
Vijay Ramesh Columbia University
Ajay Ranipeta Yale, Map of Life
Jessica Rosenqvist City College of New York, CUNY
Melina Sakiyama bioGENESIS
Michael Schaepman University of Zürich
David Schimel Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Os Schmitz Yale University
Jason Schwartz Yale University, EPI
Kevin T. Shoemaker Stony Brook University
David Skelly Yale Peabody Museum
Eva Spehn GMBA, University of Bern
Ellen Thomas Yale University
Morgan Tingley University of Connecticut
Anne Trainor Yale University
Chris Trisos Yale University
Mao-Ning Tuanmu Yale University
Woody Turner NASA
Nate Upham Yale University
Astrid Van Teeffelen University of Amsterdam
Luis Villanueva Yale, Map of Life
John Wargo Yale University
Lucy Waruingi African Conservation Center, Nairobi
Adam Wilson Yale University
Guy Woodward Imperial College London
Tetsukazu Yahara Kyushu University, Japan