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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.


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


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.



Ewa OrlikowskaEwa 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.


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 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 holds an MSc in Ecology from the University of Aberdeen and a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Forensics from the University of Edinburgh. Her interests are land management for wildlife, rewilding, conservation genetics, large carnivore conservation 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.


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.


Arash GhoddousiArash 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.


Jenny Anne GlikmanJenny 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.


Emma-Liina MarjakangasEmma-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.


Roberto Cazzolla GattiRoberto 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.


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