printi leht

Keynote speakers


Rudolf de Groot is Associate Professor in Integrated Ecosystem Assessment & Management with the Environmental Systems Analysis Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is a Landscape Ecologist by training and has worked for almost 30 years on ecological-economic analysis of impact of land use and climate change on ecosystem services as a tool for sustainable planning and management. De Groot published over 100 scientific papers, including 2 books, and was involved as Coordinating Lead author in the UN-supported Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2001-2005) and the global study on “The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity” (TEEB 2008-2010)

He is a member of the Editorial Board of several Journals, including “Conservation Letters” and “Regional Environmental Change” and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on “Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management” and co-founder and Topic Editor of the new Elsevier Journal “Ecosystem Services: Science, Policy & Practice”.

He is Special Advisor on Ecosystem Services of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), member of the Steering Committee of the UNEP International Resource Panel, and Chair of the Ecosystem Services Partnership, a worldwide network to enhance the science and practical application of ecosystem services assessment.


Role of ecosystem services in sustaining forest landscapes: ecological and economic considerations

Keynote for the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Conference “Sustaining ecosystem services in forest landscapes”, 23-30 August 2015, Tartu, Estonia



Klaus Butterbach-Bahl is Adjunct Professor at Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany; Head of Department “Atmosphere/Biosphere Interactions and Global Change” at IMK-IFU, Karlsruhe Research Centre, Germany; Guest-Research-Professor at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; Principal Scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya.


His research interests include:  feedback of global environmental changes on terrestrial ecosystems and biosphere-atmosphere-exchange of environmental important trace substances (N2O, NOx, CH4, CO2); identification and characterisation of microbial processes involved in N- and C-trace gas production and consumption; process oriented modelling of carbon/nitrogen turnover in terrestrial ecosystems; calculation of emission inventories of biogenic trace substances on regional and global scales.  


Forest ecosystem and climate and environmental change - what does this mean for biosphere-atmosphere exchange of atmospheric trace gases? Keynote for the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Conference “Sustaining ecosystem services in forest landscapes”, 23-30 August 2015, Tartu, Estonia



Ülo Niinemets is Professor at Estonian University of Life Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and a member of Estonian Academy of Sciences. His research interests include: physiology of vascular plants; volatile organic compound emission physiology; plant stress biology; functional relations between plant structure and physiology; global change biology; stress-induced plant volatiles in biosphere-atmosphere system; plant stress in changing climates: from stress responses to acclimation and adaptation. He has published over 230 scientific publications with a total citation > 10500 and h-index 52. He is an editor or member of editorial board of several plant science and plant physiology journals and book series: Plant, Cell & Environment (editorial board), Oecologia (editor), Journal of Plant Research, (editorial board), Tree Physiology (editor), European Journal of Forest Research (associate editor), Tree Physiology book series (Springer, editor).


How plant "talk" contributes to global change

Keynote for the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Conference “Sustaining ecosystem services in forest landscapes”, 23-30 August 2015, Tartu, Estonia



Jesus San-Miguel-Ayanz is a senior researcher at the at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) Since his start at the JRC, his activities centered on the monitoring of forests in Europe and the development of European-wide information systems in support of EU forest related policies. He led the conception and implementation of the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), and currently leads the development of a Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS) as a cooperative effort of GEO (Group on Earth Observations) and the Global Observation of Forest Cover - Global Observation of Land Dynamics (GOFC - GOLD) Fire Implementation Team. At present, his work at EU level focuses on the development of the Forest Information System for Europe (FISE), key objective of the new EU Forest Strategy  adopted by the European Commission in 2013.

He holds a forest engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (1987), and MSc and PhD on remote sensing and geographic information systems (1989 & 1993) from the University of California at Berkeley.  He is active in the collaboration with international organizations, being coordinating lead author of the FOREST EUROPE “State of Europe’s Forest 2011 & 2015” reports, and member of the FAO/UNECE Team of Specialists on sustainable forest management.


Towards the sustainability of European forests and forest ecosystem services

Keynote for the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Conference “Sustaining ecosystem services in forest landscapes”, 23-30 August 2015, Tartu, Estonia




Anna Lawrence.jpg

Anna Lawrence’s work focuses on the human dimensions of forestry, and on wider issues of environmental management and conservation. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and directs her writing and consultancy business through Random Forest.


Following a decade of work in international development spanning 25 countries, she established and led the Human Ecology Programme at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute during 2001-2007, where her research focused on participatory research for adaptive forest management; institutional change in forestry; and organisational adaptiveness. For the last seven years she was head of social research at Forest Research, the research agency of the UK’s Forestry Commission. She is also a Visiting Professor in the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group, University of Wageningen, Netherlands. These roles enable her to bridge perspectives from the academic, policy and practice domains, an approach which supports her dedication to knowledge innovation and sharing for ecological resilience.


She has degrees in botany (University of Cambridge), forestry (University of Oxford) and international development (PhD from University of Reading). She is on the editorial board for Citizen Science: Theory and Practice; and having returned in recent years to her native Scotland, she is also an editorial advisor for Scottish Forestry. 


Learning at landscape scale: human dimensions of adaptive management in old countries

Keynote for the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Conference “Sustaining ecosystem services in forest landscapes”, 23-30 August 2015, Tartu, Estonia



Dr Jiquan Chen, a Professor at the CGCEO/Geography at the Michigan State University and an ESA Fellow and an AAAS Fellow. He has authored >260 scientific articles and 11 books with a total citation`~13000 since 1992. He is broadly interested in ecosystem science and landscape ecology. His research on forest edges, three dimensional canopy structure, ecosystem carbon and water fluxes, energy balance, riparian zone management, and fire ecology has been funded through >80 research grants and has been very influential in ecology, carbon/water cycle, forest management, and micrometeorology.

Dr. Chen served as a chair of the Landscape Ecology Working Party of the IUFRO (2004-2013), the chief scientist for the US-China Carbon Consortium (USCCC), the Organizing Professor and Chair for the Advanced Ecology Lectures at Fudan University (2004 – 2010), and a distinguished university professor at the University of Toledo prior to Michigan State University.

He has been an associate editor for several scientific journals (e.g., Landscape Ecology, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Forest Ecology and Management, Journal of Plant Ecology, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology). He was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University (1999-2000) and recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2006) and the Outstanding Research of the Sigma Xi in (2004) at UT.  Dr. Chen will be one of the editors for Springer’s book series “Landscape Ecology”.  See more at


Landscape Ecology Working Party in Current and Future Society

Keynote for the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Conference “Sustaining ecosystem services in forest landscapes”, 23-30 August 2015, Tartu, Estonia



Mikko Mönkkönen is a professor in applied ecology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and a scientist with broad expertise in biodiversity research including multidisciplinary research programs at the interface between ecology, economics and policy.


His recent research has addressed the question how to reconcile biodiversity conservation with increasing demands of natural resources in boreal landscapes under intensive management. This research aims at identifying the ecological, economic and functional values of the landscape, which should be taken into account in forest planning and decision-making. He is a co-founder of Peerage of Science, which is an internationally awarded initiative for improvement of scientific peer-review.


Solving conflicts among conservation, economic and social objectives in boreal production forest landscapes

Keynote for the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Conference “Sustaining ecosystem services in forest landscapes”, 23-30 August 2015, Tartu, Estonia