Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber (PhD) is a river ecologist (focus benthic invertebrates) with expertise in design, set-up and management of (web-based) databases. She established and maintains freshwaterecology.info, a Europe-wide trait database for macro-invertebrates, fishes, macrophytes, diatoms and phytoplankton. During BioFresh she was responsible for the design and implementation of the Freshwater Metadatabase to collect, manage and publish freshwater related dataset information. She has founded the Freshwater Metadata Journal to encourage the publishing of (meta)data and to support efforts of making scientific data publicly available.
Jörg Freyhof (PhD) is a scientist working on urban ecology, biodiversity, evolution and ecology at the IGB. He was the assistant coordinator of BioFresh and responsible for more or less all questions dealing with BioFresh. Since, he was the director of GEO BON (geobon.org) and involved in the H2020 projects ECOPOTENTIAL (ecopotential-project.eu) and GlobisB (globis-b.eu). Actually he works in a new project on the Ecology of urban waters. Jörg Freyhof is also the European Regional Vice-Chair of the IUCN-SSC/WI Freshwater Fish Specialist Group.
Vanessa Bremerich (Dipl.-Biol.) is a biologist and GIS and database specialist at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin, Germany. She is the developer of the Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas and part of the team that maintains and develops the Freshwater Information Platform. She is involved in several projects dealing with freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem-based management (AQUACROSS) multiple stressors affecting freshwater ecosystems (MARS) and integrated water resources management (MOMO3).
Oliver Peters (B.A.) is master student in spatial development and natural resource management at Dresden University of Technology. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration specialising in Environmental Management. His interests are focussed on biodiversity and climate change as well as the economics of ecosystem services and resources.
Klement Tockner is the president of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and Professor for Aquatic Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is the former director of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Adjunct Senior Scientist at Eawag and Titulary Professor at ETH, Switzerland. He has special expertise on freshwater biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and river and wetland restoration and management. He coordinated the EU-funded project BioFresh and is member of several scientific committees including the research panel for Water Research of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Aaike De Wever (PhD) is scientific data manager and coordinator of the development of the Freshwater Biodiversity Data Portal. Aaike has a background on aquatic microbial ecology in freshwater environments. For his PhD, he studied the microbial food web in Lake Tanganyika and has experience with challenging experimental fieldwork, molecular ecology and data management. After his PhD, he worked on microbial ecology of Antarctic lakes and teledection of benthic micro-algae on intertidal mudflats. For the BioFresh project he coordinated the data workflow and the creation of the public data portal, which is continued through the Freshwater Information Platform and efforts to extend the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) database through the AquaRES project. He is also actively involved in the data workpackages of the EU BON project. He is contributing to the editorial board to ensure and establish links between the data portal and atlas, with the aim of developing a geoportal combining occurrence and atlas resources.
William Darwall holds a PhD in Biological Sciences and is Head of the IUCN Global Species Programme's Freshwater Biodiversity Unit (FBU). He has over 25 years experience working on and leading collaborative research projects on the ecology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems in developing countries. The main focus of his current work with IUCN includes implementation of large-scale biodiversity assessments of freshwater systems, including assessment of species threatened status for the IUCN Red List and the identification of Freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). He has recently led a large project to assess the status of freshwater biodiversity throughout continental Africa, and now manages a number of other related projects in Europe and Asia, with a focus on livelihood values of freshwater species.
Thierry Oberdorff (PhD) is Research director at the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) in the Co-Leader Research Unit BOREA and Subject Editor at Ecography. He holds a PhD in Aquatic Ecology from the Museum of Natural History, París and a Habilitation to Manage Research (HDR) from the University Paul Sabatier - Toulouse. He is specialized on Freshwater biodiversity, Community ecology, Macroecology and Conservation biology and his research focuses on the role of different spatial scales in the regulation of freshwater communities. Furthermore he is interested in examining the consequences of anthropogenic effects, including climate change, on freshwater communities structure and function.
Pablo A. Tedesco is a river ecologist at the IRD interested in the current and historical environmental factors that explain the spatial and temporal distribution of freshwater fish and macroinvertebrate communities in tropical and temperate regions as a function of their biological traits and following a multi-scale approach. From a ‘fundamental’ point of view, his recent works focus on the mechanisms responsible for diversity patterns (speciation, extinction, dispersal) by including evolutionary approaches to the above ecological framework (phylogeny trees, fossil record, geomorphology of drainage basins). From an ‘applied’ point of view, he is also interested in evaluating the effects of environmental perturbations related to human activities on the vulnerability of species.
Núria Cid Puey (PhD) is a freshwater ecologist at the Department of Ecology, University of Barcelona (UB), and member of the FEM (Freshwater Ecology and Management) research group. Her work has been mainly focused on the ecological assessment of the main human pressures received by aquatic ecosystems, such as pollution, hydrological alterations and the introduction of alien species. Recently she participated in the EU-funded projects Refresh and BioFresh and was mainly involved in studies for informing policy on freshwater biodiversity conservation and restoration planning. She is currently working of the TRivers project, dedicated to the improvement of temporary river management in the Mediterranean Basin. In the Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas, she is responsible for Chapter 3 on freshwater pressures.
Ana Filipa Filipe holds a PhD from Lisboa University, Portugal and is now Postdoctoral Research Fellow of ApplEcol Laboratory at Biodiversity and Genetic Resources research centre (CIBIO-InBIO, Porto University, Portugal). Her research focuses on Applied Ecology, namely regarding facets of biodiversity (taxonomic, functional, and genetic), with particular emphasis on the knowledge and conservation of freshwater biota at various geographical scales (watershed scale, Iberian Peninsula, Europe). She is dedicated to understanding and predicting the role of landscape characteristics on biodiversity towards a better knowledge of the ecological and evolutionary processes involved. She is particularly interested in how anthropogenic disturbances influence native species, namely on how non-native native species and habitat loss can impact the persistence of threatened native species. She participated as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona, Department of Ecology (2010-2012) in the BioFresh Project.
Mathias Scholz (Dipl.-Ing.) is landscape planner with special expertise in riverine wetlands. Within the EU-projects EVALUWET and Euro-limpacs, he was working on the functional assessment in floodplains and the impact of climate change on floodplain functions. He has worked on conservation priorities in the EuMon-Project. Currently he is working on restoration perspectives on floodplains in Central Europe.
Nicolas Bailly (PhD) has 34 years of experience in Biodiversity Informatics as Biodiversity Information Scientist, as a developer, data manager and project manager, primarily on Fishes with FishBase. After working at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris (MNHN) he managed the FishBase Team and the WorldFish Center Philippines Outreach Office with 30 employees between 2005 and 2015. Now he is the Scientific Director of FIN (FishBase Research and Information Group, Inc.), a Philippine NGO running FishBase, SeaLifeBase, AquaMaps, and participating to Catalogue of Life with about 25 employees. He holds the Chair of the Taxonomic Group of the Catalogue of Life. Between October 2014 and April 2016 he worked for Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) as the Scientific Manager of LifeWatchGreece. He moved in Vancouver, Canada, where he is currently visting scientist at the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries of the University of British Columbia. Formerly in BioFresh, he was the leader of WP3 about data encoding.
Florian Malard (PhD) is a groundwater ecologist (focus groundwater crustaceans) with expertise in the analysis of biodiversity patterns at continental scale. He was recently involved in the production of the European groundwater habitat map and the European groundwater crustacean data set. The main focus of his current work is directed towards the understanding of large-scale biodiversity patterns using molecular tools.
Stefano Larsen (PhD) is a community ecologist with special interest in stream and riparian ecosystems. His research focuses on understanding how natural and anthropogenic processes influence the structure and function of assemblages. On a more fundamental level, he is interested in assessing the scale dependency of biodiversity and community assembly patterns. In his current work at the German Centre for Integrative Research he is investigating mechanisms of species persistence in streams meta-communities.
Núria Bonada (PhD) is a tenure-track Lecturer for Ecology at the UB and has 10 years of experience working on research projects. She is a member of the FEM (Freshwater Ecology and Management) research group. Núria Bonada has special expertise on the ecology and conservation of aquatic insects in Mediterranean rivers and has been working in different Mediterranean climate regions of the world.
Paul Jepson (DPhil) is course Director for the MSc in Nature Society and Environmental Policy. He previously worked in international biodiversity policy through positions with BirdLife International and the World Bank. He is interested in the role of scientific, cultural and institutional knowledge-practices in production, replication and/or transformation of environmental policy frames.
Christian K. Feld (PhD) has expertise in river assessment, multivariate statistics, hydromorphology, and the analysis of biodiversity patterns. He was coordinator of several national and INTERREG projects and workpackage leader in the FP6 Coordination Action RUBICODE. Together with Daniel Hering, he was coordinating the EU-funded project WISER.