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Team and partners

Christopher John Topping

Professor with Special Responsibilities Department of Bioscience - Biodiversity and Conservation

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.

Xiaodong Duan

Postdoc Department of Bioscience - Biodiversity and Conservation

Xiaodong is a postdoc with 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. 

Yoko Luise Dupont

Senior Researcher Department of Bioscience - Biodiversity and Conservation

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.

James Henty Williams

Postdoc Department of Bioscience - Biodiversity and Conservation

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.

Geoffrey Brian Groom

Senior Researcher Department of Bioscience - Biodiversity and Conservation

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.

Andrey Chuhutin

Software Engineer Department of Bioscience - Biodiversity and Conservation

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.

Luminita Cristiana Totu

Software Engineer Department of Bioscience - Biodiversity and Conservation

Luminita has a background as a Control and Software Engineer. She works daily with the C/C++ and Python code, the associated software tools and processes, and she uses also various applied mathematics for ecosystem modeling and simulation. 

Morten Elmeros

Senior Advisor Department of Bioscience - Wildlife Ecology

Morten has extensive experience on carnivores and bat population dynamics, ecotoxicology, road ecology, wildlife conservation and management from consultancies for authorities and applied research. Currently working on the exposure routes and potential effects of anticoagulant rodenticides in carnivores and raptors as well as ALMaSS approaches to rodenticide resistance development and pesticide exposure for bats in agricultural settings.  


Martin is an animal ecologist whose recent research largely focuses on the spatial ecology of mammals in human-dominated landscapes, providing insights on how human land use affects wildlife populations. Hereby, his work contributes to building an understanding of how wild mammal populations function in our human-dominated epoch. Moreover, his previous research on beavers focused on understanding how animal behavior and movement affects population dynamics and vice versa.


Antonio Paparella, agro-economist and PhD student at the university of Naples “Federico II”, dept. of Agricultural Sciences. His fields of research are circular economy and agent-based simulation. His shared path with Social-Ecological System Simulation centre (SESS) came from the interest in pushing forward the inclusion of socio-economic factors in the simulation and from the already strong connection between his research team, and SESS, already involved in other important projects.  

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: