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Europe Section Board Information


Current Board Members

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.


Gabor L. LoveiGabor L. Lovei, PhD, Board Member & Chair of Education Committee
Senior Scientist, Aarhus University & Minjiang Professor, Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University, Fuzhou, China 

Gabor is a terrestrial ecologist with research interests in invasion biology, environmental biosafety, agroecology, conservation biology, biodiversity, and ornithology. Over the past 35 years he has studied vertebrate and invertebrate ecology in Europe, East Africa, New Zealand, and China, and has published 100+ peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, essays, reports and conference proceedings papers. He is also interested in scientific communication.


Jonas GeldmannJonas 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.



Maylis DesrousseauxMaylis Desrousseaux, PhD, Treasurer 
Associate professor at National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts, Le Mans, France 

Maylis Desrousseaux is a young researcher specializing in soil protection. A lawyer by training, her research is part of an interdisciplinary framework and she has been working for several years on issues related to the perception of land by law, nationally and internationally. These reflections led her to question the notion of the common good, confronted with various regimes of land ownership. By extension, her works address issues of food security, urban agriculture, biodiversity and environmental governance.


Per Sj√∂gren-GulvePer Sjögren- Gulve, PhD, Chair of the Policy Committee
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Sweden 

Per did his PhD in Animal ecology including studies in population genetics and metapopulation modelling. He became Assoc. prof. in Conservation Biology at Uppsala University (Sweden) in 1995 and started as principal research officer at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in 1996. He specializes in science-policy/management communication, for example having designed format of policy briefs in, population viability modelling (e.g. PVAs) and inclusion of genomic methods in conservation & wildlife management. Per will retire from the Agency in Aug. 2021,  but will remain active life-time member of the SCB.


Ewa OrlikowskaEwa Orlikowska, PhD, Member-at-Large
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 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.


Laura BoscoLaura Bosco, PhD, Member-at-Large; 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.


Ioannis GiovosIoannis Giovos, PhD candidate, Member-at-Large
Fisheries Director of iSea, University of Patras, Greece

Ioannis Giovos is the Fisheries Director of iSea and a Researcher in Marine and Environmental Research Lab in Cyprus and a PhD candidate in the University of Patras. He is working form more than 10 years in the conservation of the Mediterranean with an interest on the conservation of marine biodiversity. His research focuses on policy, fisheries research, citizen science, local ecological knowledge, iEcology and public perceptions.


Avni HajdariAvni Hajdari, PhD, Member-at-Large
Department of Biology, University of Prishtina, Kosovo

Avni Hajdari is an Associate Professor at the University of Prishtina (Kosovo). He is a plant ecologist with research interests in documenting traditional ecological knowledge (ethnobotany), in adaptive management of the ecosystems and natural resources, as well as in evaluating the chemical diversity in natural populations of the aromatic plants. His interdisciplinary approach in ethnobotany, photochemistry, molecular biology and adaptive management enabled him to implement several projects in Kosovo and Balkans cross-border areas and to publish peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters in these fields.


Petr ZasadilPetr Zasadil, PhD, Member-at-Large
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU), Czech Republic




Michelle HenleyMichelle Henley, MSc, Secretary
Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scotland, UK

Michelle is an experienced ecologist with over 20 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 holds an MSc in Ecology and is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Forensics at Edinburgh University, Scotland. Her interests are conservation genetics, wildlife forensics, conservation of large carnivores and finding solutions to resolve human-wildlife conflicts.


Katalin PapKatalin 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.


Future Members

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




The SCB-ES bylaws outlines the procedure for the sections governance.

Bylaws (current version not yet adopted)

Strategic plan:

To complement the revision of the Strategic Plan of the Society, the Europe Section develops its own strategic plan in order to address European challenges.

Strategic plan 2011- 2015 (pdf)

Board Member Agreement:

Being a member of the SCB-ES involves taking responsibility for the development of the section. The Board Member Agreement outlines the expectations on Board members.

BoD ES agreemeent

Annual reports:

Annual report 2013