Associate Professor, Social-ecological integration
Maja’s research at the Stockholm Resilience Centre focuses on understanding the emergence of social-ecological phenomena such as regime shifts, transformations, traps or (self-)governance from dynamic social-ecological interactions. She combines dynamic modeling, particularly agent-based modeling, with empirical research with the aim to develop theory and approaches to study SES as truly intertwined and complex adaptive systems of humans and nature.
Interests: social-ecological mechanisms; SES theory; human adaptive behavior; natural resource management; complex adaptive systems, social-ecological relations.
Romina is passionate about simulation model development and analysis to better understand complex phenomena. This activity, she feels, becomes most meaningful for the purpose of untangling ecological dynamics which are in various ways intertwined with the human ingenuity to celebrate a more or less sustainable lifestyle. Her applied methods range from agent-based, system dynamics modeling to diverse participatory approaches. She works since 2013 at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Interests: Lake and watershed management, ecosystem service co-production, mixed-coupled models, pastoralism, serious games.
Dr. Beatrix Beisner is a Full Professor at the University of Québec at Montréal. Since 2015, she is also Director of the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Limnologie/Interuniversity Limnology Research Group (GRIL) a network of 10 Québec universities and 50 researchers in Canada. Dr. Beisner has many years of experience in lake ecology, specializing in plankton community dynamics and diversity, especially with respect to climate change impacts. She is leading the Canadian team within LimnoScenES.
I am an assistant professor at Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre Eau Terre Environnement (INRS-ETE) in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. I am interested in the response of aquatic ecosystems to global change and my main research focus is on the development of bioindicators/biomarkers of change/response.
My interests in environmental matters and the “do the right thing” attitude allowed me to explore different ecological domains from different perspectives. During my professional and academic experience I conducted researches on the assessment of marine degradation (coral reef) and contamination (oil spills) using remote sensing technology. Recently I explored the area of fresh water management (Integrated Water Resource Management - IWRM) and I would like to continue to refine my understanding in biodiversity as proxy to ecosystem services sustainability. In particular I would like to explore within my current academic appointment (PhD) under which ecological considerations and evidence water management frames should base their decision process to mitigate the impact of "changes" in the ecosystems biodiversity and continue to guarantee a sustainable use of the natural resources.
Since my arrival in Quebec (2017), I first collaborated as consultant and later as an employee with the non-profit organization APEL (Association pour la protection de l’environnment du lac Saint-Charles et des Marais du Nord ) to foster technology transfer and knowledge sharing with the fresh water expert community of the St. Charles River Watershed.
Lake Saint Charles (the mayor water reserve in the watershed) will be the subject of my PhD.
Our interest in LimnoScenES concerns the resilience of lakes in space and time along environmental gradients. We are foremost interested in the question as to how climate change (warming trends, extreme episodic events) and eutrophication affect the interaction between plankton biodiversity and ecosystem functionality (lake metabolism). Overall we will test whether the frequency of unstable lakes increase with global warming. Our studies are based on empirical long term and remote sensing data.
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin. I am mainly interested in global-change effects on freshwater ecosystems, with an emphasis on assessing the current status of freshwater biodiversity, as well as under potential global-change scenarios at different temporal and spatial scales.
Previously, as a doctoral candidate at the IGB and the Free University Berlin, I determined linkages between various flow conditions and freshwater biodiversity at different spatial scales. This research included assessing possible effects of projected flow alterations on freshwater ecosystems and their biodiversity.
Within the framework of LimnoScenES project, I will use various modeling approaches and tools to improve existing knowledge on the resilience of freshwater ecosystems to climate change by assessing possible effects of short- and long-term disturbances on multiple dimensions of freshwater biodiversity under past and future climate scenarios.
Professor, Mesocosm experimentation
I´m a Professor in Limnology in Lund, Sweden and have worked with many aspects of aquatic ecology , but for LimnoScenES the most useful would be my studies on food web dynamics and lake restoration. My main contribution to the project will be to provide ecological knowledge and experimental and monitoring data input to SES models and discussions.
Laura is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück. She is interested in the different uses and the sustainable management of common-pool resources (CPR), specifically the CPR water. Within the LimnoScenES project, she's responsible for the case study of lake Dümmer and the scenario planning and stakeholder workshops therein. She is keen on getting to know the different stakeholders' perspectives regarding the lake's current and future needs.
Ben is a global change aquatic ecologist at the IGB Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin, Germany. His research aims to document temperature variability in the world's lakes and better understand the consequences of that variability for lake ecosystems. Together with his collaborators, his research sheds light on how climate change may affect the benefits that people derive from lakes such as food and drinking water.