Lecturers

Professor Jose Maria Fernandez-Palacios   Jose Maria is a Professor of Ecology at the University of La Laguna. His research interests include Island Biogeography and Ecology, as well as Forest Dynamics (laurisilva, pine forest and thermophilous forest) and Palaeoecology (Vegetation and climate history of the LGM and Holocene in Macaronesia).

Professor Jose Maria Fernandez-Palacios

Jose Maria is a Professor of Ecology at the University of La Laguna. His research interests include Island Biogeography and Ecology, as well as Forest Dynamics (laurisilva, pine forest and thermophilous forest) and Palaeoecology (Vegetation and climate history of the LGM and Holocene in Macaronesia).

Dr Nathan Gregory   A conservation biologist with more than 20 years of experience, Nathan Gregory is currently the Acting Director of Science and Stewardship at the Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmarks managed by the Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC), a non-profit, non-advocacy organization that works on behalf of multiple landowners to protect, restore, and enhance the natural resources of the wildlands in Orange County, California, USA.

Dr Nathan Gregory

A conservation biologist with more than 20 years of experience, Nathan Gregory is currently the Acting Director of Science and Stewardship at the Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmarks managed by the Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC), a non-profit, non-advocacy organization that works on behalf of multiple landowners to protect, restore, and enhance the natural resources of the wildlands in Orange County, California, USA.

Professor Jose Ramon Arevalo   José Ramón Arévalo was born in Algeciras (Andalucía) and obtained his degree in Biology from the University of Málaga. After his graduation he moved to Canary Islands, to work in the former National Institute for Nature Conservation for two years. Since 2000, he has been lecturing at La Laguna University and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and is author, coauthor or editor of 6 books, all of them centered in his field of expertise: Plant Ecology, centered in the impact of fire in the plant community, as well as the impact of grazing and invasive species in the ecological processes of the ecosystem.

Professor Jose Ramon Arevalo

José Ramón Arévalo was born in Algeciras (Andalucía) and obtained his degree in Biology from the University of Málaga. After his graduation he moved to Canary Islands, to work in the former National Institute for Nature Conservation for two years. Since 2000, he has been lecturing at La Laguna University and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and is author, coauthor or editor of 6 books, all of them centered in his field of expertise: Plant Ecology, centered in the impact of fire in the plant community, as well as the impact of grazing and invasive species in the ecological processes of the ecosystem.

Dr Kostas Triantis   Kostas is a biogeographer with broad interests in island biogeography, macroecology, community ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. My research interests span diverse themes such as diversity theory, species-area relationship, scale in ecological and biogeographical analysis, ecological modelling and environmental heterogeneity.

Dr Kostas Triantis

Kostas is a biogeographer with broad interests in island biogeography, macroecology, community ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. My research interests span diverse themes such as diversity theory, species-area relationship, scale in ecological and biogeographical analysis, ecological modelling and environmental heterogeneity.

 
Dr Mark Ramsdale   Mark is a senior lecturer in molecular microbiology at the University of Exeter and currently the Director of Education for Biosciences, leading programmes that cover diverse aspects of the subject from Biochemistry to Food Security. His main focus is to investigate fungal diseases of man that have assumed great significance in recent years due to changes in the demographic status of the human population, changes in the management practices for chronic health conditions, and the increased use of immunocompromising agents in medicine.

Dr Mark Ramsdale

Mark is a senior lecturer in molecular microbiology at the University of Exeter and currently the Director of Education for Biosciences, leading programmes that cover diverse aspects of the subject from Biochemistry to Food Security. His main focus is to investigate fungal diseases of man that have assumed great significance in recent years due to changes in the demographic status of the human population, changes in the management practices for chronic health conditions, and the increased use of immunocompromising agents in medicine.



Dr. Thomas Hesselberg   Thomas is co-director for the Postgraduate Certificate of Ecological Survey Techniques at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and college lecturer in biological sciences at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford. His main research interests lie within the field of behavioural ecology of insect and spiders (although he also has broder ecological interests) with a specific focus on web-building behaviour in orb spiders. He has worked in a range of different ecosystems including tropical and temperate woodland, but he has recently become fascinated by habitat islands in general and subterranean ecosystems in particular.

Dr. Thomas Hesselberg

Thomas is co-director for the Postgraduate Certificate of Ecological Survey Techniques at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and college lecturer in biological sciences at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford. His main research interests lie within the field of behavioural ecology of insect and spiders (although he also has broder ecological interests) with a specific focus on web-building behaviour in orb spiders. He has worked in a range of different ecosystems including tropical and temperate woodland, but he has recently become fascinated by habitat islands in general and subterranean ecosystems in particular.

Claudia Martans   Claudia qualified in Panama in 1996 and worked from 1996 until 2014 as an independent consultant in environmental law and draftsman for different companies and governments in Latin America. She advised companies such as Coca Cola Panama, Nestle Panama, GDF Suez (Panama and Costa Rica) and local ministries such as the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, the Panama Canal Authority and the Maritime Authority in Panama. She is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) andCaritas Think Tank Group in Jersey.

Claudia Martans

Claudia qualified in Panama in 1996 and worked from 1996 until 2014 as an independent consultant in environmental law and draftsman for different companies and governments in Latin America. She advised companies such as Coca Cola Panama, Nestle Panama, GDF Suez (Panama and Costa Rica) and local ministries such as the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, the Panama Canal Authority and the Maritime Authority in Panama. She is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) andCaritas Think Tank Group in Jersey.

Professor Christoph Kueffer

Christoph is a plant ecologist and environmental scientist at HSR Rapperswil and ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His research focuses on biodiversity conservation in the Anthropocene and the impacts of anthropogenic factors such as climate change, biological invasions and urbanisation on ecosystems – especially on oceanic islands and in mountains. Trained as an environmental scientist, he has also extensive experience with performing inter- and transdisciplinary research on socioecological systems and sustainability.

Dr Sandra Nogue

Sandra has a keen interest in research at the nexus of palaeoecology and biogeography and is fascinated by the range of ways the fossil record (especially fossil pollen), can inform us about the biological responses of organisms to their environment. She primarily focus my research on plants, but it is the ecological questions that drive me, rather than the particular taxa that I study. Her work takes a community level approach to help understand how resilient individual plant species and their assemblages are to environmental change.

Jamie Copsey   Jamie is Director of Training for the IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG). Jamie has worked as a professional trainer and facilitator in the field of conservation biology for more than 20 years and also lectures extensively around the topic of conservation management as well as publishing in an range of topics including island species conservation, conservation leadership, invasive species management, amphibian conservation and capacity development. Jamie worked for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust for 17 years, the last five of which in Mauritius where he established a conservation training organisation for the Indian Ocean region.

Jamie Copsey

Jamie is Director of Training for the IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG). Jamie has worked as a professional trainer and facilitator in the field of conservation biology for more than 20 years and also lectures extensively around the topic of conservation management as well as publishing in an range of topics including island species conservation, conservation leadership, invasive species management, amphibian conservation and capacity development. Jamie worked for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust for 17 years, the last five of which in Mauritius where he established a conservation training organisation for the Indian Ocean region.