Welcoming our new ESE Associate Editors – 2020

Following our open call for applicants over the summer, we are pleased to welcome 14 new Associate Editors to the Ecological Solutions and Evidence Editorial Board.

We are delighted to further expand the expertise and diversity of our board through the open call, with ecologists joining us from 9 different countries and bringing expertise from both academic research and on-the-ground practice.

You can find out more about each editor below. Please join us in welcoming them to the journal!

Daniel Bebber (he/him/his)

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Dan Bebber is an Associate Professor of Ecology at the Department of Biosciences, University of Exeter. His research interests are in food security, particularly the effects of climate change on plant pests and pathogens. Most recently he has worked on the resilience of banana production and supply chains. Previously he studied global change effects on temperate and tropical forests, and worked on a major citizen science project in this area.

Javier Cabello (he/him/his)

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Javier Cabello is a Professor in the Department of Biology and Geology at the University of Almería, Spain. His research mainly focuses on 1) ecosystem functioning assessment at different spatial scales through remote sensing and fieldwork; 2) biodiversity conservation in the Anthropocene by incorporating the perspective of ecosystem functions and services, and the framework of the socio-ecological system, into conservation policies; and 3) approaches to co-produce and transfer ecological knowledge between scientists and decision-makers for sustainability, through transdisciplinarity processes and collaborative work with protected area managers. He is in the GEOBON group of ecosystem functions and services, and actively collaborate with environmental authorities to protect ecosystems of conservation concern in Europe.

Harriet Downey (she/her/hers)

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Harriet is a Research Associate with the Conservation Science Group at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is interested in understanding how people carry out conservation practice and how science can support it. Working with the Conservation Evidence project she leads on the Evidence Champions partnership programme that provides training, tools, and guidance to make the use of research in practice easier. Her previous work has focused on the biodiversity of plant and insect communities and how natural enemies affect forest regeneration and diversity. She is passionate about open access, removing barriers and creating links between practitioner and academic communities.

Natasha Gownaris (she/her/hers)

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Natasha Gownaris is an assistant professor at Gettysburg College who uses field and quantitative ecology to inform marine and freshwater conservation. Her research focuses on human impacts on aquatic food webs and on the demography and foraging behavior of fishes and seabirds. Natasha also conducts research on identifying global priorities for marine protection. She is passionate about open science and co-leads the Open Science Working Group of the Global Young Academy.

Jonas Hagge (he/him/his)

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Jonas is a conservation ecologist at the Department of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology at the University of Göttingen, Germany. His research is on biodiversity and ecosystem processes with the aim to support the understanding for integrative conservation approaches. Within his general research interest in community ecology he focuses to forest ecosystems and the taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of organisms related to deadwood. He is in particular interested in joint approaches combining ecological, economic and social aspects in applied restoration ecology and conservation management.

Kevin Mganga (he/him/his)

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Kevin Mganga’s background is at the ‘ecotone’ of rangelands/grasslands ecology and soil science. He integrates basic and applied research that encompasses aspects of soil-plant-microbes interactions, soil C cycle and sequestration, land use changes, sustainable land management, ecological restoration and rehabilitation. Kevin is particularly passionate about reseeding using perennial grasses indigenous to African arid and semi-arid rangeland as a nature-based solution (NbS) to address global environmental challenges e.g. land degradation and desertification, especially in African drylands. He is a Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, South Eastern Kenya University.

Molly Mitchell (she/her/hers)

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Molly Mitchell is an Assistant Research Professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary, engaged in research and advisory efforts that help the management of natural resources in the Chesapeake Bay and elucidate the impacts of different decision-making pathways. Her recent research focuses particularly on trends in sea level rise and acceleration rates around the United States and their impacts to tidal marshes, estuarine systems, and the built environment. She works to helps managers and policy makers to understand the risks, vulnerabilities and potential adaptations to sea level rise. She is a 2020 W. Taylor Reveley, III Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow and was awarded a 2019 US CLIVAR Early Career Leadership Awards for her climate change communication efforts.

Thomas Neeson (he/him/his)

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Thomas Neeson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. He studies the dynamics of integrated human-freshwater systems and strategies for enhancing the sustainability of these systems under global change. He focuses on strategic decision-making for sustainability, including: allocating water conservation incentives; decision-making under climate uncertainty; evaluating dam removals and road culvert upgrades to restore fish migrations; strategies for cost-sharing between infrastructure agencies and conservation groups; and allocating environmental remediation efforts in ecosystems that are impacted by many different stressors.

Maria Pappas (she/her/hers)

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Maria Pappas is an entomologist studying the ecology and biology of insects and mites of agricultural importance. She is particularly interested in the development of methods/tools to improve ecosystem services for sustainable crop production. Her current work is focused on biological pest control and trophic interactions between arthropods, plants and microbes. She is Assistant Professor in entomology and acarology at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

Giovanni Rapacciuolo (he/him/his)

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Giovanni Rapacciuolo is a biodiversity data scientist and macroecologist. His work at the macroecology–conservation practice interface takes advantage of emerging approaches for analyzing and visualizing big datasets to improve our predictive understanding of large-scale biodiversity change and provide stakeholders with the knowledge they need to support their conservation and management decisions. Giovanni is currently a Biodiversity Data Scientist at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, leading initiatives to translate crowdsourced community-contributed species occurrence data into biodiversity indicators useful to local and State agencies in California.

Chloe Sato (she/her/hers)

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Chloe Sato is a landscape ecologist and ecosystem scientist, with a particular interest in mountain and alpine ecosystems, and dispersal-limited fauna. She has worked in both academia and government to conserve threatened species and ecosystems, develop research and long-term monitoring plans for biodiversity, and navigate optimal management outcomes on environmental offsets. Presently, she is conducting IUCN Red List of Ecosystem risk assessments in collaboration with universities and government for alpine-subalpine Australia, and is keen to investigate how such assessments can inform policy and land management – particularly under changing climate regimes.

Juniper Simonis (they/them/theirs)

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Juniper Simonis is the founder and lead scientist at DAPPER Stats, a quantitative ecology and conservation consulting firm in Portland, Oregon, USA. Juniper has over 20 years of experience in conservation biology and population ecology that spans from modeling species reintroduction alternatives to building software that estimates incidental take at green power facilities to automating analyses of migratory species with computational pipelines. Presently, Juniper is studying the impact of Law Enforcement’s chemical weapons on urban environments, and have founded the Chemical Weapons Research Consortium to facilitate national and international collaborations among scientists, journalists, educators, and the public. Juniper is a Fiduciary Board Member at the Rowan Institute, a Leadership Board Member of 500 Women Scientists, and has previously served on a variety of academic and management committees.

Shinichi Tatsumi (he/him/his)

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Shinichi is a community ecologist with particular interests in forest biodiversity, functioning, and management. He uses field experiments, molecular techniques, and statistical models to quantify the spatiotemporal community dynamics of plants and fungi in temperate and boreal forests. He seeks to bridge the existing gaps between forest science and practice by combining ecological theory and tools with expert knowledge among local practitioners, hoping to improve ecosystem management and restoration. He is a senior researcher at the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute in Japan.

Ji-Zhong Wan (he/him/his)


Ji-Zhong Wan is an ecologist with a focus on biodiversity science and global change. His main research interests are: 1) predictive habitat distribution modeling (species and biodiversity) and exploration of statistical methods, 2) systematic conservation planning and GAP analysis for biodiversity, and 3) risk analysis for biological invasion and exploration of the driving factors. He is a Professor at Qinghai University, China.

Find out more about the expertise behind Ecological Solutions and Evidence by visiting our full Editorial Board page.

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