Early Career Researchers

Early Career Researchers Session - Tuesday 30 August from 11:00 to 12:30 in Sully 3

Poster Clips Event – Monday 29 August and Wednesday 31 August at lunchtime in Barcelone

Early Career Researchers Young Ambassadors

Early Career Researchers Session - Tuesday 30 August from 11:00 to 12:30 in Sully 3

11:00-11:30   1) Opportunities in Europe for young scientists - European Commission (30 minutes)

  • What is Horizon 2020?
  • The European Research Council. What type of grants does the ERC fund?
  • The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions

11:30-11:45    2) Promoting research with new tools, etc. - Elsevier (15 minutes)

11:45-12:30    3) Authoring workshop - Dr. Leon Braat, Editor-in-Chief of Ecosystem Services (45 minutes)

  • How to write a paper to publish in high-impact journals
  • The review-editing processes - How to review a paper

12:30   4) Meet the Editors lunch - Session with discussion at lunch (Elsevier)

Poster Clips Event - Monday 29 August and Wednesday 31 August at lunchtime in Barcelone

At EcoSummit, you can record a small 3-minute video of your poster and it will be uploaded to the EcoSummit website. It is an excellent opportunity to promote your research! Don’t miss it! Prepare yourself for a 3-minute short talk!

Early Career Researchers Young Ambassadors

Ecological Engineering

Amarjit Kaur, Government College Hoshiarpur, India

I am Associate Professor at Government College Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India.I am also working as research associate in Punjab Technical University, Punjab, India. My main research area is Radioanalytical study of water and soil pollution, measurement of Radon levels from background since Radon has been found as one of major culprits of 50% cancer deaths, measurement of metal concentration in blood and sputum of TB patients.

Ecological Indicators

Peleg Kremer, Villanova University, USA

Dr. Kremer is an Assistant Professor of Geography and GIS at the Department of Geography & the Environment at Villanova University. She is a geographer and environmental social scientist specializing in spatial dimensions of urban sustainability, urban social-ecological systems and ecosystem services, utilizing GIS and remote sensing to study spatial patterns in the relationships between urban nature, the built environment and the social context of urban greening initiatives to support local and regional decision making for urban sustainability. Dr. Kremer’s teaching is focused on Geographic Information Systems and Urban Sustainability.

Ecological Complexity

Pierre Mariotte, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

I am a community ecologist and I am broadly interested in plant-soil interactions and feedbacks. My research aims at understanding the role of above- and below-ground linkages on ecosystem functioning and services, specifically in relation to species invasion and climate change. I obtained my PhD degree at Ecole Polytechique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. After my PhD, I have been granted two postdoctoral fellowships from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to continue my research at University of California Berkeley (Suding Lab) and then at The University of Sydney (Dijkstra Lab). I am currently back at EPFL, through a return phase fellowship of the SNSF, where I continue my research on the role of plant-soil interactions under climate change (i.e. drought and warming). I am also a blog editor of Journal of Ecology and a member of the British Ecological Society Equality and Diversity group.

Ecological Modelling

Luis Merino Martin, INRA, UMR AMAP, Montpellier, France

I am a researcher in AMAP (Montpellier, France) and CEH (Wallingford, UK). My main research interest is the study of soil ecological processes with special focus on soil erosion and soil biodiversity. Most of my research has been conducted on Restoration Ecology as I am keen to work in research with practical outcomes. Currently, I am studying the role of vegetation (particularly plant roots) and soil microbes in protecting soil against erosion processes.

Ecosystem Services

Lowell Scarr, Rhodes University, South Africa

I’m a PhD student in Economics at Rhodes University, South Africa. Growing up on a smallholding, I have always seen myself working in agriculture and the environment. I want to help innovate and improve the way we produce our food, both locally and on a global scale, to be more sustainable and in line with social and environmental needs. My study is focussed on investment decision making in agriculture, specifically looking at support for new development projects. I am funded by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa, who support both my studies and professional development. Through the organisation I get to work on a variety of stimulating projects that help drive the future of agriculture in our region.

Nicole Starik

Nicole Starik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

I am a biologist affiliated with the Systematic Zoology Division, Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany. My research focus is on characterizing biodiversity patterns, species communities and associated ecosystem functions in order to investigate measurable response mechanisms of selected taxa (terrestrial small mammals, bats) to different land use concepts. Recently, I have submitted my PhD thesis dealing with the suitability of microchiropteran bats as ecological indicators for the effects of land use systems in different forest and agro-ecosystems on biodiversity. The overall objective is to identify factors that determine species communities and to understand how local land use concepts and landscape structures affect the diversity of functionally important taxonomic groups on the organismic level. Therefore I am particularly interested in changes of biodiversity through space and time and to test the concept of bioindication as an applicable tool for assessing the sustainability of different land use concepts.

Biological Conservation

Takashi Sonam Tashi Tanaka, Kyoto University, Japan

I'm a Ph.D. student in Kyoto University (Japan) and research fellow of JSPS. My main research themes include: (1) Analysis of nutrient dynamics between crop and water ecosystems, (2) Impact of vegetation management on nitrogen removal in constructed wetlands, (3) forage production by harvesting Phragmites sp. in constructed wetlands.

European Journal of Agronomy

Juan Camilo Villegas, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

Juan Camilo Villegas is an assistant professor in the School of Environment at the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia).  His research interests include understanding the effects of vegetation change on ecosystem function, particularly in association with ecohydrological processes that lead to regulatory functions in ecosystems. His work spans a range of spatial and temporal scales, ranging from individual ecological communities (in both tropical and temperate systems) to global connections between ecosystems via the atmosphere. 

Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology

Knowledge Vingi, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Knowledge Vingi is a 22 year old Zimbabwean who is studying for a BSc Geography Honors in Environmental Science. He is interested in the use of Geographic Information Systems in the Wildlife Management and Ecology. He has done his internship with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and has learnt a lot in ecology and natural resources governance.

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  • CeMEB
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  • University of Montpellier
  • National Science Foundation
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  • British Ecological Society
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  • IEES
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  • SER
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  • AnaEE
  • Belmont Forum
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Nature Ecology & Evolution