Luigi Boitani, University of Rome, Italy
Prof. Luigi Boitani is a Full Professor and Researcher at the Department of Biology and Biotechnology of the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, where he obtained the doctoral degree in 1970. His main research addresses the ecology and conservation of large mammals, and on the theory and practice of identifying and managing protected areas, with species focus on the use of scientific data and methods in the practice of conservation with particular emphasis on reducing the science-policy gap that frustrate the effectiveness of conservation activities. He has published 10 books, more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters and about 80 technical reports. He is the Director of the Master course in “Conservation of animal biodiversity: protected areas and ecological networks”; President of the Institute of Applied Ecology, Rome; Past President of the Society for Conservation Biology, Washington DC, USA; Chair of the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE-IUCN/SSC) and of the Wolf Specialist Group, SSC/IUCN; and Member of the Steering Committee of the Species Survival Commission, IUCN.
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John Linnell, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway
Dr. John Linnell is a Senior Research Scientist at Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research. He obtained the doctoral degree in 1994 at University College Cork, Ireland. Dr. John Linnell is an ecologist who works with conservation related issues on large carnivores and wild ungulates. He has worked in Norway, the Baltic States, Poland, the Balkans and India. He has been responsible for coordinating several interdisciplinary projects. In addition to research he has also been involved in policy support projects for the government of Norway, the Council of Europe and the European Commission. He has published 223 scientific papers, 11 books, 8 book chapters and 29 scientific reports. He is an associate editor for Wildlife Biology, and a member of the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE-IUCN/SSC).
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Guillaume Chapron, Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Sweden
Prof. Guillaume Chapron is Associate Professor at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He graduated in veterinary medicine in 1998 and obtained his PhD in 2004 at the Université Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris, France. His research interest focuses on anything that puts large carnivores into numbers, such as viability analysis, adaptive management and any other carnivore conservation questions. He uses different approaches, from simple deterministic models to complex hierarchical state-space models, without forgetting Individual Based Models. He is also very much interested in understanding the political aspects and mechanisms of biodiversity conservation. He has over 70 scientific publications, is a member of the Cat and Canid Specialist Groups and LCIE at IUCN and Associate Editor of Ecosphere, an open-access journal from the Ecological Society of America.
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Francesca Marucco, Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime, Italy
Dr. Francesca Marucco is a Professor at Torino University and a Researcher at the Alpi Marittime Natural Park, where she currently leads the LIFE project “Wolfalps”. She obtained the doctoral degree in 2009 at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Biology, University of Montana (USA) with the project “Wolf Ecology in the Western Alps: Analysis with Non-Invasive Techniques”. Her main research addresses large carnivore ecology and conservation, particularly focused on wolves. He has published 21 scientific papers and book chapters. She is a member of the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE-IUCN/SSC); Wolf Alpine Group (WAG); Technical Group for monitoring and research of wolves in the Alps; SCALP (Status and Conservation of the Alpine Lynx Population); and WISO Platform – Platform of the Alpine Convention.
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Djuro Huber, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Prof. Djuro Huber is the head of the Biology Department, University of Zagreb. He developed his PhD in the biogeography and ecology of the brown bear in Greece, and has a large experience in scientific research dating from 1985. Prof. Djuro Huber has 25 years of experience in large carnivore research and management. Since 1981 he is conducting a brown bear study in Croatia, which in 1996 expanded to the "Study of large carnivores in Croatia" (including bear, wolf and lynx). The main method of research is radio-telemetry, but many morphological, physiological, nutritional and genetic aspects are included. He has published 94 scientific papers, 3 books, 104 professional papers, and 127 abstracts of conference presentations. He is a member of the Croatian Ecological Society, Croatian Biological Society, IUCN Species Survival Commission Bear Specialist Group (co-chair BSG for Europe), IUCN SSC Wolf Specialist Group, International Bear Association (Council member and past Vice-president), Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (Core Group member) and Wildlife Disease Association.
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Yorgos Mertzanis, Callisto - Wildlife and Nature Conservation Society, Greece
Dr. Yorgos Mertzanis is a doctor of Biology and is the scientific coordinator of Callisto, a Greek NGO focused on wildlife conservation. He graduated in veterinary medicine in 1975, and obtained the doctoral degree in 1979 in wildlife parasitology. He contributed in the compilation of the National and Pan-European Action Plan for the Brown Bear that was composed by all European countries under the auspices of the Council of Europe and the cooperation of the EU. From 1994 to 2002 he has been working as scientific coordinator in three LIFE-Nature programs funded by EU and implemented by Arcturos, aiming the conservation and management of the brown bear in Greece. From 2002 to 2005 he has been coordinating the program “Monitoring of the impacts of the construction and operation of Egnatia motorway on large carnivores, with emphasis on the bear and its ecosystem”. He has published 7 scientific papers, 1 book chapter and 1 technical report. He is a member and represents Greece in international organizations dealing with the brown bear and the large carnivores (IBA, IUCN/BSG, LCIE-IUCN/SSC).
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Henrik Andrén, University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Prof. Henrik Andrén is a Professor at Department of Ecology of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Director of the Grimsö Wildlife Research Station. He obtained the doctoral degree in 1989 at Uppsala University, Sweden, with the project “Predation processes in boreal forest”. His main research focuses on population and community ecology of large carnivores, specially the Eurasian lynx. In Northern Sweden he studies the coexistence of lynx and wolverine, the interaction between them and their total impact on reindeer. In Southern Sweden, he focuses in the lynx colonization and establishment, as well as the interaction between lynx and wolf. The research has partly an applied aspect and includes forecasting the lynx population under different management strategies. He has published 89 scientific papers, 3 book chapters, 42 scientific reports, 58 popular science papers and 2 popular science books (editorial board). He is a member of the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE-IUCN/SSC).
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Ilka Reinhardt, Lupus Consulting, Germany
Dr. Ilka Reinhardt is a doctor of Biology and currently is an independent researcher at “LUPUS, German Institute of wolf monitoring and research” with expertise in Ecology, Zoology and Animal Communication.
She has worked in several projects related to large carnivore ecology and management, particularly focused on wolves. She has authored or co-authored more than 18 publications, including scientific papers and technical reports. She is a member of the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE-IUCN/SSC).
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Urs Breitenmoser, IUCN Cat SG / KORA, Switzerland
Dr. Urs Breitenmoser is a senior researcher at the University of Bern (Institute of Veterinary Virology) and leader of the KORA programme since 1996. He has been involved in research projects on carnivore ecology for 25 years and have supervised many master and doctoral Theses in the frame of the Swiss carnivore projects. His main field of activity is the reintroduction of Eurasian lynx and the re-integration of this large carnivore into human dominated landscapes. He is co-chair IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group and is involved in many research and conservation programmes all over the world, and, as a carnivore and rabies specialist, involved in European projects on rabies epidemiology. Dr. Breintenmoser has authored or co-authored more than 62 publications, including scientific papers and technical reports. He is a member of the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE-IUCN/SSC).
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Ilpo Kojola, Natural Resources Institute, Finland
Dr. Ilpo Kojola is a wildlife ecologist which primary interest is the ecological aspects of large carnivore-human co-existence. He serves as research professor at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) for ecology of large carnivores. Ilpo Kojola had his PhD at the University of Jyväskylä. The doctoral thesis focused on the reproductive strategies of reindeer. After dissertation he worked first at reindeer research and then at large carnivore research in Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute. From the beginning of 2015 Ilpo Kojola has continued his work with large carnivore population monitoring and applied large carnivore research at Luke. He has published 104 scientific papers, 1 books, 3 book chapters and 5 technical reports. He is a member of the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE-IUCN/SSC).
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