Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Roberto San Jose
Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain

Prof. Roberto San Jose is a Professor of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). He studied Physics in the University of Valladolid (Spain) and made the Ph. D. in 1983 on relation to Atmospheric Boundary Layer. He became associated professor in University of Valladolid in 1986. He was on leave in the Max-Planck Institute of Meteorology in Hamburg (Germany) in 1989-1990 and He was a guest senior scientist in the IBM-Bergen Environmental Sciences and Solutions Center in Bergen (Norway) in 1990-1992. In 1992 he moved to the Computer Science School of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in Madrid (Spain). In 2001 he became head professor of the UPM. In 1992 He started a laboratory in UPM called Environmental Software and Modelling Group. Up to now, Prof. San Jose has been principal investigator in more than 200 projects related with Air Quality and Climate issues. The projects were down with private and public companies and also with European Union. More than 20 EU projects on the environmental area and Information Technology have been carried out.


Keynote Speaker II

Prof. James T. Anderson
West Virginia University, USA

Dr. James T. (Jim) Anderson is a professor of wildlife ecology and management and the Davis-Michael Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University. He earned a B.S. in wildlife from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an M.S. in range and wildlife management through the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and a Ph.D. in wildlife science from Texas Tech University. Jim has published over 160 scientific research articles on wetland ecology and management, wildlife-habitat relationships, and restoration ecology. He has mentored more than 50 graduate students and has garnered more than $20 million in competitive external funding to support his research. He has been an invited keynote speaker at over 15 international conferences, serves on numerous committees, and has served on the editorial board of 6 international journals. He teaches over 1,000 students annually in a number of courses including Restoration Ecology, Applied Wetlands Ecology and Management, Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, Big Game Ecology and Management, and Waterfowl Ecology.


Keynote Title: "Creating wetlands for biodiversity and ecosystem services"

Wetlands are lands transitional between terrestrial and aquatic systems where the water table is usually at or near the surface or the land is covered by shallow water. Compensatory mitigation is the primary tool used to reduce wetland loss in the United States. Compensatory mitigation programs are designed to replace lost area and function when permitted damage to natural wetlands is unavoidable. My students and I have studied wetland biodiversity and ecosystem functions of mitigated and natural wetlands of Central Appalachian Mountains, USA since 2001.

Avian species richness, diversity, and abundance were similar between mitigated and reference wetlands. Waterbird and waterfowl abundance were higher in mitigated than reference wetlands. Frog and toad species richness and abundance were higher in mitigated than reference wetlands. Mean total percent cover of plant species was similar between mitigated and reference wetlands. Plant species richness, evenness, and diversity were greater in mitigated than reference wetlands. Plant compositional differences become smaller as mitigated sites age. Mitigated and reference wetlands supported similar invertebrate assemblages, especially among benthic populations. Abundance of metamorphs, survival, and growth of larval green frogs (Lithobates clamitans) and spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) were similar between wetland types. Decomposition rates of broadleaf cattail (Typha latifolia), common rush (Juncus effuses), brookside alder (Alnus serrulata), and reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) were similar between mitigated and reference wetlands. Diet composition and selection of invertebrate food items by adult red-spotted newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) was nonrandom, but was only minimally affected by wetland type.  Water quality varies among wetlands but was similar between mitigated and natural wetlands. Results suggest that wildlife communities may respond more favorably than plant communities, but in many circumstances mitigated wetlands and natural wetlands are functionally and compositionally similar.



Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Hans Uwe Dahms
Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan

Hans-Uwe Dahms, Ph. D., D. Sc. KMU - Kaohsiung Medical University, Dept. of Biomedical Science and Environmental Biology
No. 100, Shin-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708 & Department of Marine Biotechnology and Resources, National Sun Yat-sen University, No. 70,
Lienhai Road, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan

Fields of scientific interests-Stress biology, Toxicology, Antibiotic resistance, Chemcomputation, Global change, Nanoparticles, Secondary metabolites,
Food & Water safety, Integrative approaches to Environmental & Public health.

Dr. Hans-Uwe Dahms is a professor at Kaohsiung Medical University. He is interested in stress responses generally. He, his colleagues and students integratively study pollution and the toxicology of stressors from physical, chemical, and biological sources. He is equally interested in the spread of diseases, antibiotic-resistance, food and drink safety from water sources, and integrative approaches in environmental and public health monitoring, risk assessment and management. He advised more than 25 Ph.D. students in their research and published more than 275 papers in scientific journals. He served as a reviewer for more than 70 SCI journals, as editorial board member of 12 reputed scientific journals, academic editor of PLosONE, and as editor in chief of FRONTIERS in Marine Pollution.


Keynote Title: "Shallow Hydrothermal Vents Provide Sustainable Bioresource Information"

Abstract: Marine hydrothermal vents (HVs) are unique extreme environments that provide a better understanding of evolutionary conditions of the early earth as well as projected global and climate change scenarios in marine systems (e.g., low pH due to high carbon dioxide and sulfite compounds, high temperature and turbidity, high loads of toxic chemicals such as H2S and trace metals). Particularly shallow HVs are easy to access for short and long-term experiments. Research on organisms from shallow HVs may provide insights in the molecular, environmental, and evolutionary adaptations to extreme oceanic environments by comparing them with evolutionary related but less adapted biota. A shallow water HV system at the northeast Taiwan coast has been intensively studied by several international research teams. These studies revealed astounding highlights of technological interest at the level of ecosystem (being fueled by photosynthesis and chemosynthesis), community (striking biodiversity changes due to mass mortality), population (retarded growth characteristics), individual (habitat attractive behavior), molecule (adaptations to elevated concentrations of heavy metals, low pH, and elevated temperature). The potential of shallow HVs both in their use as a template for global change scenarios and as a source for diverse bioresource information for applied technologies are highlighted here. This holds particularly for the exploration of natural products for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries but also for the investigation of physiological adaptations during medically relevant processes (e.g. anoxia, high NO2 and temperature regimes, low pH). As such are rare shallow water HVs valuable assets for both research and education and deserve particular protection for their substantial bioresource information potential as rare and extreme environments and as natural heritage sites at national and international level.


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