Europe Section Board Information
John Piccolo, President
Professor, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology, Karlstad University, Sweden
John Piccolo is a professor at Karlstad University and serves on the advisory board for the journal The Ecological Citizen.
Additional roles: member of ECCB2022 and ECCB2024 Scientific & Steering Committees, member of SCB Global Board of Governors 2021-2022, Chair of SCB Global Regional Council 2023
The Presidency of SCB Europe is a challenging and rewarding assignment. The main task is to facilitate the Board’s diverse activities, which include policy, outreach, education, membership, and bi-annual ECCB congresses. Of particular importance for the coming years is the transition of SCB Europe to an independent organization under the umbrella of the Global SCB network.
Laura Bosco, PhD, Treasurer, Chair of the Policy Committee
Research Fellow, Finnish Museum of Natural History, Finland
Laura is an ecologist from Switzerland. Her main research interests are the impacts of human land use and climate change on biodiversity, with a special focus on the distribution of northern bird communities. She is also interested in aspects of landscape ecology and finding solutions for a sustainable, environmentally friendly agriculture. She has a PhD (2018) in conservation biology from the University of Bern, Switzerland.
Additional roles: chair of Policy Committee, creator of newsletters, member of ECCB2024 Steering and Scientific Committees, member of Early Career Award group
As the treasurer I maintain the account, collect and pay funds for Section activities. I’m a member of the PC since 2021 and chair since 2022. I organize and host quaternary PC meetings online and help/support with other PC activities (e.g. open letters on policy-science matters). I co-organize the fall webinars.
Jonas Geldmann, PhD, Member-at-Large
Postdoc at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jonas Geldmann is a postdoc at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen, working on the effectiveness of protected areas, particularly the role of resources and management in shaping conservation outcomes. He is the co-chair of the IUCN WCPA specialist group on Management Effectiveness and has a PhD (2014) from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Additional roles: member of ECCB2024 Extended Scientific Committee and member of the Early Career Award group
I participate in the online meetings and review the applications for the Early Career Award.
Ewa Orlikowska, PhD, Member-at-Large
Karlstad University, Sweden
Ewa is a forest ecologist, originally from Poland. She worked for number of years in SE Alaska, U.S. and currenly works in Sweden. Her main research interests include forest ecology, invasive species, boreal forest conservation with focus on protected areas, habitat modelling and spatial landscape analyses.
Additional roles: member of SCB Europe Section Communication Committee, member of ECCB2024 Steering and Scientific Committees
In practice, I participate in online meetings, write Twitter & Facebook posts for the SCB Europe account, update SCB Europe Section’s website and engage in the Section’s typical activities - newsletters, webinars, etc.
Petr Zasadil, PhD, Member-at-Large
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU), Czech Republic
Additional roles: chair of ECCB2024 Steering and Scientific Committees, contact person for ECCB2026, chair of ECCB2022 Local Organising Committee
In practice, I participate in online meetings, organize ECCB2024 SteCom meetings, and communicate with ECCB 2024 Local organizing committee.
Michelle Henley, MSc, PGDip, SCB Europe Section Secretary
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Michelle is an experienced ecologist with over 23 years of experience working in the field of biodiversity conservation and the protection of natural resources for both NGOs and government departments in the UK and Canada. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Her interests are conservation genetics, land management and habitat restoration, large carnivore conservation and resolution of human-wildlife conflicts.
Additional roles: secretary and member of ECCB2024 Steering and Scientific Committees
As the Secretary I draft meeting agendas and record minutes at monthly Board meetings. I also monitor the Section email inbox and administer correspondence of the Section. As a member-at-large I fulfil the general duties required to support and progress the Section’s work and ensure good governance of the Section. I co-organize the fall webinars.
Katalin Pap, MSc, Member-at-Large
Katalin graduated as a biologist from the University of Szeged. During her Erasmus program, she spent time with bright students from developing countries and this experience empowered her to conduct studies on global issues such as climate change and the effect of urbanization. During her ecological work, she focused on wetlands and studied waterbirds. After a career change, she became a member of the IT world, and right know she focuses on virtual conferencing tools, and how these systems can reduce our ecological footprint by burning less kerosene. Her current area of interest is climate change mitigation and child education, providing clean drinking water to all and how one can apply ecological aspects when delivering emergency aid during natural or human induced disasters.
Additional roles: member of Communication Committee, member of Hungarian Chapter, chair of the Art of the Carpathians Award
I participate in the online meetings and manage/produce content for the SCB Europe Twitter account. I also compiled a communication strategy. Currently, I’m organizing a conservation-related Art Award and participating in the organization of the 2023 Fall Webinar.
Anne Magurran, PhD, Member-at-Large
Professor, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
Anne is an ecologist based at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She is interested in the measurement of biological diversity and in understanding how diversity changes over space and time. Her research includes work on freshwater, marine and terrestrial systems and she has collaborations with colleagues in 5 continents.
Additional roles: co-chair of ECCB2024 Scientific Committee, member of ECCB2024 Steering Committeee
I participate in the online board meetings and lead the scientific committee when organizing the next ECCB in Bologna.
Arash Ghoddousi, PhD, Member-at-Large
Research Fellow at Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany
I am a research fellow at Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, interested in conservation questions related to the effectiveness of area-based conservation measures, development of monitoring tools and frameworks, and better understanding of human-wildlife interactions. I have been active in conservation research and practice particularly in eastern Europe and the Caucasus, some of the least-studied but rich in biodiversity regions in Europe. I have close collaborations with conservation organizations around the world (e.g., five specialist groups and commissions of the IUCN, WWF) and consult on several projects with a particular focus on large mammals and temperate ecosystems.
Additional roles: member of Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Justice Committee, member of Early Career Award group, member of ECCB2024 Steering and Scientific Committees, liaison of SCB-Europe at the SCB-Global Regional Council
I regularly attend the online meetings, review and revise documents and processes (e.g., within the award allocations or EDIJ policies), and support others in the Section’s work.
Jenny Anne Glikman, PhD, Member-at-Large
Researcher at Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA-CSIC), Cordoba, Spain
Jenny works as a social science researcher at Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA-CSIC) and her main line of research focuses on integrating and applying social sciences to study and better understand human-wildlife interactions, including conflicts and coexistence, as well as illegal wildlife trade to inform wildlife conservation actions and strategies. Her research goals are to support wildlife conservation actions globally and build capacity locally to achieve human-wildlife coexistence.
Additional roles: member of Policy Committee, member of ECCB2024 Steering and Scientific Committees
I participate in the online meetings and I also currently support the coordination of the 2023 fall webinar.
Emma-Liina Marjakangas, PhD, Member-at-Large
Postdoctoral researcher, Finnish Museum of Natural History, Finland (until May 2023) and at Aarhus University, Denmark (from June 2023)
Emma is an ecologist from Finland. The overarching theme of her research is understanding what makes species’ communities as they are and how they will change under the ever-intensifying anthropogenic pressures. She studies biodiversity trends at large spatial, temporal and taxonomic scales and develops conservation applications based on the results. Emma has a PhD (2019) in Biology from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
Additional roles: member of ECCB2024 Steering Committee, member of Communication Committee, chair of Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Justice Committee, representative of SCB-Europe at SCB Global’s EDIJ Committee
In practice, I participate in online meetings, write tweets for the SCB Europe account, update SCB Europe’s equity & diversity practices, and co-organize the 2023 fall webinar.
Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, PhD, Member-at-Large
Associate Professor of Conservation Biology and Biodiversity at the University of Bologna, Italy
Roberto Cazzolla Gatti is an Associate Professor of Conservation Biology and Biodiversity at the University of Bologna, Italy where he is also a member of the BIOME – Biodiversity and Macroecology Lab. He is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist with a Ph.D. in forest ecology. His interdisciplinary research deals with Ecosystem and Planetary Health, Biodiversity (plant & animal), and Global Environmental Protection, occurring at the interface between macroecology, evolution, biogeography, and behavioural ecology. From 2015 to 2021, he was an Associate Professor at the Biological Institute and the coordinator of the MSc Program in Biodiversity of the Tomsk State University (TSU), in Russia. In parallel to his professorship at TSU, he served as an Associate Professor at the Polytechnic of Rouen UniLaSalle (France), a Senior Research Fellow of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition (Austria), a Research Associate at the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources of Purdue University (USA), and a Visiting Professor of the Beijing Forestry University (China). He is a member of the IUCN, a founding member of the Italian Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, and an external faculty of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research. Before, he was a researcher at CMCC and a consultant for the UN-FAO and WWF.
Additional roles: founding member of the SCB Italian Chapter, member of ECCB2024 Scientific Committee
I participate in the online meetings of the SCB Europe and provide scientific support. I support the production of contents and press releases for the SCB Italy. I am also involved in scientific programs and communications of the Italian chapter and in the organization of the ECCB 2024 in Bologna, Italy. I co-represented SCB Europe at ICCB2023 in Kigali.
If you are interested in being a member of the Europe Section Board you must be a member of SCB and a member of the Section. Generally 2 to 4 board members are elected annually. The Call for Nominations goes out in September or October and the election runs in October or November. Each year section members receive an email about the open positions and the start of the election process. For more information about getting involved with this board, please contact a board member email@example.com
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