Keynote speakers


Ian Donohue 

Dr. Donohue is an assistant professor at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. He is primarily an empirical ecologist and uses experimental approaches to answer questions about the factors that regulate the structure, stability and functioning of biological communities. The overarching aim of his research is to further our understanding of how key elements of global change alter ecosystem functioning and stability. An important aim of his research is to bridge the gaps between theoretical, empirical and applied ecology. His field research focuses mainly on aquatic ecosystems (both marine and freshwater), although more recently his approach to research combines experimental and observational work in the field, laboratory experiments using multitrophic microbial communities and in silico experiments on simulated model communities.

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Charles Hawkins 

Dr. Hawkins is a professor at the Department of Watershed Sciences, Western Center for Monitoring and Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems, and Ecology Center, Utah State University, Logan, USA. His lab focuses on understanding the processes that determine patterns of biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems, the effects of environmental alteration of freshwater ecosystems, and how to best apply that understanding to ecological assessment and monitoring. He is specifically interested in understanding natural patterns of biodiversity at different spatial scales. His research is highly interdisciplinary, and he collaborates with climate scientists, hydrologists, geomorphologists, and modelers. His lab also supports the Western Center for Monitoring and Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems, whose primary mission is to aid state and federal agencies develop and implement scientifically sound methods for monitoring and assessing the condition of aquatic resources. 

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Sonja Jähnig

Dr. Jaehnig is currently employed as a scientist at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, IGB, in Berlin – an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to research on freshwater ecosystems. She has recently analyzed and modelled diversity patterns and climate change impacts in stream ecosystems. As it is expected that the climate-induced hydrological as well as land use changes will lead to significant changes in the biological community, her research investigates effects of flow changes on river benthic invertebrates. She takes different perspectives, both in terms of scale (regional to global) and approach (community ecology and autecology), and aims to improve and advance modeling techniques.


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Brendan McKie 

Dr. McKie is an associate professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Uppsala, Sweden. His key research areas are: (i) Stream ecology: food webs and species interactions, detrital pathways, and ecosystem functioning; (ii) Biodiversity, stability and functioning in both stream and terrestrial ecosystems; (iii) Cross-ecosystem subsidies, from the terrestrial environment into streams, and vice-versa; (iv) River habitat restorations and the role of wood in streams; (v) Multiple stressor effects on stream ecosystem function and structure, with a focus on important stressors in Sweden: liming, forestry, nutrients + pesticides, invasive species; (i) Development of methods for assessing human impacts on ecosystem functioning.

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N. LeRoy Poff

Dr. Poff is a professor at Department of Biology, Colorado State University. His research interests include (i) Conservation and restoration of riverine ecosystems; (ii) Multi-scaled, hierarchical ecological organization in riverine ecosystems; (iii) Influence of hydrology and hydraulics on species interactions and riverine communities; (iv) Establishing environmental flows to support freshwater biodiversity and sustainability; (v) Responses of riverine ecosystems to environmental alteration, including climate change. 


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Last updated: 12.2.2014