Christoph Kueffer received a PhD in plant ecology and a habilitation in plant and global change ecology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. He is a professor of urban ecology at the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO) and a lecturer (Privatdozent) at ETH Zurich. His research focuses on biodiversity conservation in novel and human-dominated ecosystems, and global change impacts on island and mountain ecosystems. Another interest is invasion biology, including as coordinator of the Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN, http://www.mountaininvasions.org/) and research associate at the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) in Stellenbosch (South Africa, http://academic.sun.ac.za/cib/team_guest.asp).
Christoph has for many years been involved in island research in the Seychelles, Mascarenes, Hawaii, and the Canary Islands. Amongst others, he coordinates a long-term research partnership between ETH Zurich and the Seychelles (http://www.seychelles.ethz.ch), moderates the Island Conservation Network mailing-list (Islands-L, http://listserv.bgci.org/scripts/wa.exe?INDEX) , and was one of the chairs of the first international Island Biology conference, 2014 in Honolulu (Hawaii, https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/islandbiology2014/home).Curriculum Vitae
Godfrey Baldacchino (born 1960) PhD (Warwick, UK) BA, PGCE (Malta), MA (The Hague, The Netherlands) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta, Malta; Island Studies Teaching Fellow and designate UNESCO co-Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada; and Visiting Professor of Island Tourism at the Università di Corsica Pasquale Paoli, France. He is the founding Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal (ISSN: 1715-2593).
He is a member of the International Advisory/Editorial Boards of various journals, including The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and Asia Pacific Viewpoint; President of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA); Council Member of the Islands Commission of the International Geographical Union (IGU); Director for Global Islands Network (GIN); series co-editor with Rowman & Littlefield International (USA); moderator of the island studies research website: www.islandstudies.ca.
Professor Baldacchino has secured around US$1 million (€ 800,000) in research funding since 2002, including from the Atlantic Metropolis Centre, the European Commission, Health Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Provincial Government of Prince Edward Island.
He has served as visiting professor to tertiary education institutions in Australia, Barbados, Fiji, Iceland, Mauritius, Seychelles and Sweden. He has also been invited to deliver papers, guest lectures and/or keynotes in Åland, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Japan, Finland, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, St Lucia, Taiwan, Trinidad, the UK and USA.
Professor Baldacchino is sole author or lead co-author of 22 books and monographs; sole editor or lead co-editor of 20 other publications; and guest single or lead editor of various scholarly journal thematic issues, including: International Journal of Educational Development (21, 2001); Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (95, 2004); World Development (32, 2004); Geografiska Annaler (87B, 2005); Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (19, 2006, with T’eo Fairbairn); International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (9, 2010); Space and Culture (13, 2010, with Stephen Royle); and Cultural Geographies (20, 2013, with Eric Clark). He is also author or co-author of over 110 peer reviewed articles and book chapters since 1988.
His recently authored or edited books include: Island Enclaves: Offshoring Strategies, Creative Governance and Subnational Island Jurisdictions (Montreal QC, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010); Island Futures: Conservation and Development across the Asia-Pacific (Tokyo, Springer, 2011); Extreme Heritage Management: Practices and Policies from Densely Populated Islands (New York, Berghahn Books, 2011); Island Songs: A Global Repertoire (Lanham MD, Scarecrow Press, 2011); A Taste of Islands (Charlottetown PE, Island Studies Press, 2012) andThe Political Economy of Divided Islands: Unified Geographies, Multiple Polities (Macmillan, 2013). Four other books are in different stages of production, including a 4-volume collection: Island studies: Critical Concepts in Geography (Routledge, 2015), with Ilan Kelman.
Prof. Baldacchino`s academic work has appeared in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Swedish (and apart from English and Maltese).Curriculum Vitae
Robert James Whittaker
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Rob Whittaker has a BSc in Botany and Geography from the University of Hull (1980), an MSc in Ecology from University College North Wales (1982), and a doctorate from University College Cardiff (1985), where he studied vegetation succession on recently deglaciated terrain, in the Jotunheimen, Norway. He joined the Oxford School of Geography and the Environment in 1986, having previously worked for a year as a research officer at Birkbeck College, London. In 1990 he was appointed to a university lectureship and a fellowship at St Edmund Hall. In 1999 he was awarded the title of Reader and, in 2004, Professor of Biogeography.
Rob has published over 140 peer-review articles and is author or co-author of several books. Recently collaborations within Rob's research group have included two Marie Curie fellows (Dr Miguel Araújo and Dr Kostas Triantis) and three Rhodes Scholars (Dr Niall O'Dea, Dr Ben Sharp and Dr James Watson).
Rob served as editor-in-chief of Global Ecology & Biogeography - a journal of macroecology from 1995 to 2004, and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biogeography, the leading international journal in biogeography from 2004 to 2015. Rob is a founding member of the International Biogeography Society, was a Director-at-Large from 2005-2006, was co-convener of the biennial meeting, Tenerife 9-13 January 2007, and was President of the International Biogeography Society for 2009-2010.
Rob Whittaker was appointed a Full Professor (part time) in the Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Copenhagen for a fixed term from June 2015 to December 2019. He was admitted as a Fellow of theSociety of Biology in September 2011. Rob was elected a foreign member of the Academia das Ciências de Lisboa in July 2011.Curriculum Vitae