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Team and partners

Our Partners

 
Because of the ALMaSS work, SESS has a large network of people across the EU. This broad network means that the centre has a large number of affiliate organisations, including:
      

Collaborations

Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES)
Jagiellonian University Krakow, where much of the landscape modelling for EU is done as well as insect modelling, including Osmia bicornis

University of Naples Federico II (UniNA)
Working with SESS to implement human decision making and economics in ALMaSS

Coimbra University (CU) 
Developing Portuguese landscapes and species for ALMaSS

The Spanish Institute of Game and Wildlife Research (IREC) 
Working with amphibian modelling in ALMaSS

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) 
Developing Irish landscape modelling and ALMaSS bumblebee models

Julius Kuhn Institute (JKI) 
Developing ALMaSS landscapes for Germany and collaborating on the EcoStack project

Polytechnic Institute of Setubal (IPS)
Developing ALMaSS species models for Portugal and using models for olive grove projects

Meet the SESS team

Christopher John Topping

Full Professor
Leader of the SESS centre

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 427

SESS team role

SESS is led by Chris Topping who is an ecological modeller with 30 years modelling experience and a background in agricultural zoology. He is the instigator for and main developer for ALMaSS. Currently vice-chair of the EFSA PPR panel he works with environmental risk assessment as well as wildlife and human modelling.

Luna Kondrup Marcussen

Centre Administrator

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C

Building 1110, office 428 

SESS team role

Luna is MSc in Biology, and works as the SESS centre administrator.

She has expertise in assisting administration and coordination of SESS-involved projects, of project meetings and workshops, and communication with partners and stakeholders.
In addtion, she assists with ALMaSS updates related to crop management.

Yoko Luise Dupont

Senior Researcher

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 423 

SESS team role

Yoko is an ecologist with broad knowledge about ecology of wild and domesticated plants and insects, in particular pollinators. Her research field covers plant-pollinator interactions, in particular ecology of wild and managed bees, ecological networks, landscape ecology, farmland ecology, historical ecology, conservation and invasion biology, plant reproductive biology and crop production. She works on basic and applied projects with a focus on biodiversity, in particular in agricultural landscapes, and with a focus on the interaction between farmland and natural habitats. This includes functional diversity and the ecosystem services that wild insects provide to crops, in addition to effects of pesticide use on non-target organisms, including both plants and animals.

Geoffrey Brian Groom

Senior Researcher

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 425 

SESS team role

Geoff is a geographer with expertise and 30-years' experience in GIS, remote sensing and image analysis. Many of the projects he has worked upon have related to landscape, land cover and habitats in Denmark and other European countries. He is responsible for the development of the GIS side of DK landscape modelling.

Xiaodong Duan

Special Consultant

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 428

SESS team role

Xiaodong has a background in machine learning and agent based modelling with various application areas including ecological modelling, robotics and building research. Currently, he mainly works on development of new species models for ALMaSS and model validation and sensitivity analysis using machine learning methods. 

James Henty Williams

Researcher

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 421 

SESS team role

James is a social scientist. He specialises in researching and applying theoretical concepts in decision-making processes for natural resource management. His particular areas of interest are adaptive management, decision modelling, multi-actor engagement and social learning. He is involved in a two EU H2020 projects, EcoStack and B-GOOD, the latter as work package leader for the project's multi-actor approach. He is also involved in the MUSBERAOrganic+ and IPol-ERA projects.

Jordan Chetcuti

Researcher

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 428 

SESS team role

Jordan is a computational ecologist from Trinity College Dublin, with an interest in using individual-based models (IBMs) to gain insights into ecological and social systems. As part of the PoshBee project, he is currently working on creating a framework for Bombus sp. modelling within the ALMaSS framework. He will then parameterise the first ALMaSS Bombus sp. individual-based model for Bombus terrestris which will be used to assess the risks associated with different farming practices, as well as gaining insights into bumblebee ecology. Jordan is also working on the creation of spatial input data for Ireland to go into ALMaSS. Jordan has used IBMs while at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the University of Leeds, to explore habitat fragmentation on biodiversity. This research included species habitat preference and coexistence conducting spatial analysis and developing a weighted version of a metric of habitat association, the phi coefficient of association, and testing this looking at carabid habitat association.

Jordan worked on remote sensing using LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery to explore the māmane (Sophora chrysophylla)/naio (Myoporum sandwicense) cloud forest of the Big Island of Hawai‘i, to explore the reasons for the decline of the endangered Hawaiian bird species Palila (Loxioides bailleui) while completing a Masters and lecturing at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

During his time at Forest Research, the research agency of the British Forestry Commission, as a spatial landscape ecologist, Jordan worked with local councils and forest districts across Scotland and Northern England integrating habitat and people networks into planning. He created decision support tools taking into consideration reaching targets for biodiversity, people and hydrological planning. Jordan also collaborated with national parks, Scottish Natural Heritage and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), including work looking at the impacts of forestry on heathland birds.

Andrey Chuhutin

Software Engineer

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 424 

SESS team role

Andrey is a biomedical engineer by education (MSc Tel Aviv University, PhD Aarhus University). He has industrial and scientific expertise in system programming, biophysical models, medical imaging and data processing. On the daily basis Andrey works with the expert biologists on the development of the animal models, translating the models into the C++ code, debugging and testing them.

Trine Poulsen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 424

SESS team role

Trine has a PhD in particle physics from Lund University, and has previously worked on the ATLAS Experiment as a PostDoc at DESY, Hamburg. She has a strong interest in the climate and biodiversity crisis, especially the impact our current food system has on both.

Trine works with us as a PostDoc where she contributes to our tasks in the B-GOOD project in collaboration with Xiaodong.

Peet Thomsen

Research Assistant

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 420 

SESS team role

Peet has a MSc in Biology from Aarhus University. He supports the SESS team in the IPol-ERA project regarding coordination and desk research on pollinators, pesticides and risk assessment, as well as the EcoStack project regarding species modelling by searching and providing information on species' biological parameters needed to model species' behaviour and specifications.  

Astrid Holm Andersen

Research Assistant

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 424 

SESS team role

Astrid has a MSc in Biology from Aarhus University. She supports the SESS team with establishing an overview of the modelling developments, as well as running simulation scenarios for our SESS involved projects.  

Natasha Mølgaard

Research Assistant

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 420 

SESS team role

Natasha has a BSc in Anthropology and MSc in Human Security from Aarhus University. She is conducting interviews and participant workshops, and assists the SESS team in developing the social science side of the centre. She is mainly involved in our Organic+ project, collaborating with James. 

Jamie Alison

Postdoctoral Researcher

Aarhus University, Dept. of Ecoscience
C. F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Building 1110, office 318 

SESS team role

Jamie is a quantitative ecologist specialised in spatial analysis and computer vision.

He is a PostDoc at the Section of Biodiversity, Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University, and he assists the SESS team part-time. 
His job is to rapidly extract ecological information in relation to the ALMaSS. This ecological information helps us to predict wildlife responses to changes in climate and human management.

Elżbieta Ziółkowska

Assistant Professor

Jagiellonian University, IES
ul. Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków

Office 2.1.6

SESS team role

Elżbieta’s main interest is in the assessment of landscape structure and its influence on ecological processes, biodiversity, and distribution and dispersal of organisms. Her background is in physical geography with expertise in GIS&T and spatial modeling. Elżbieta is currently involved in two EU-funded projects: within B-GOOD she is supervising development of EU database of floral resources for bees and spatio-temporal modeling of floral resources at the landscape scale, and within EcoStack she is developing spatio-temporal models of agricultural landscapes for the purpose of population modeling.

As part of the SESS Team, Elżbieta supports and coordinates development of ALMaSS landscape models for several EU countries. She is also involved in the development of species models, including model for the red mason bee Osmia bicornis, which has been developed within the project “Beneficial insects in agricultural landscape: modelling effect of pesticides and landscape structure” funded by the Polish National Science Centre.

Nuno Capela

PhD Fellow

Comibra University, CFE
Calçada Martim de Freitas,
3000-456 Coimbra

SESS team role

Nuno’s background is in Terrestrial Ecology. In his master thesis, he evaluated climate change effects on isopod populations exposed to metals. Afterwards he was grantee in a couple of SEEL projects, performing ecotoxicological tests with soil organisms. Since 2017, he was involved in the POLL-OLE-GI project to developed and test field protocols to gather information on the honeybee colony development and landscape. Since then, he started his PhD to study the impact of landscape structure and management on the development of honeybee colonies, participating in several projects (EFSA bee data collection, B-GOOD, EU Bee Partnership) to gather data mainly at the colony level.

As part of the SESS Team, Nuno is responsible for the collection of field data on honeybee colonies in several projects (EFSA bee data collection, B-GOOD) and data treatment of bee colony data, collaborating with AU in contributing with data for the development of the ApisRAM model.

Antonio Paparella

PhD Fellow

University of Naples Federico II, AgEcon
Via Università 96, 80055 Portici, Naples

SESS team role

Antonio is an agro-economist. His fields of research are circular economy and agent-based simulation. His contribution in ALMaSS concerns the inclusion of socio-economic factors in the simulations as well as modelling circular transition pathways in ALMaSS.