Keynote Speakers

Courtney Flint

Professor, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, Utah State University

Courtney Flint is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, Utah State University. She completed her Masters in Geography at the University of Colorado in 1993, after which she continued with her PhD studies on community responses to forest disturbance on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula at the Pennsylvania State University and with the USDA Forest Service until 2004. From 2005- 2013, she was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois. She joined the faculty at Utah State University in 2013.  She currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Social Science Research on Natural Resources at USU and on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

As a natural resource sociologist and interdisciplinary environmental scientist, Courtney Flint focusses on the integration of social dynamics in multi-scalar assessments of environmental issues. She studies people’s perspectives and actions in changing landscapes and social and natural resource conditions, particularly focused on community and regional levels of analysis. Currently, Flint’s research team focuses on water resource management in mountain-urban systems, measuring wellbeing across communities and landscapes, and interdisciplinary assessments of climate change impacts on multiple uses of public lands.

Klement Tockner

President, Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Klement Tockner studied zoology and botany at the University of Vienna, where he received his PhD in 1993 with a dissertation on the ecology of the shores of the Austrian Danube. From 1993 to 1994 he worked as water management advisor in Rwanda and Uganda. He then returned to the University of Vienna as a postdoctoral fellow.

In 1996, he moved to ETH Zurich as a senior assistant, where he was appointed titular professor in 2005. From 1997 to 2007 he headed a research group on freshwater biodiversity and wetland ecology at the Federal Institute for Water Supply, Wastewater Treatment and Water Protection (EAWAG). In 2002 he was a JSPS Fellow at Tohoku University (Japan), and in 2004/05 he was a visiting scholar at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. In 2007, he became director of the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin and professor for aquatic ecology at the Freie Universität Berlin. In May 2016, Klement Tockner was elected as president of the Austrian Science Fund FWF for a four years term (renewable).

He has special expertise in freshwater biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and river and wetland management. He is Co-Editor of the journal Aquatic Sciences and Subject Editor of the journal Ecosystems. He has published more than 200 scientific papers including 120 ISI papers. In 2009, he edited a comprehensive book on European Rivers (Rivers of Europe, Elsevier). Klement Tockner has successfully managed large inter- and transdisciplinary projects (e.g. EC-funded project BioFresh). He is member of several scientific committees and advisory boards including the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES, Japan). He is elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina).

Hervé Piégay

Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Hervé Piégay, research director at the National Center of Scientific Research, got his Ph.D. in 1995 on the interactions between riparian vegetation and channel geomorphology. Since 1995 he is continuing his studies at the University of Lyon (Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon), France. He is a fluvial geomorphologist involved in integrated sciences for rivers, strongly interacting with hydraulic engineers, freshwater ecologists and practitioners (Water Agencies, Regions, Ministry of Ecology, French agency for biodiversity, Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, EDF). His research is focused on contemporary history of rivers and their catchments underlining human controls on environmental changes, wood in rivers, floodplain and former channel sedimentation and sediment transport. He is strongly involved in river management, planning and restoration, developing methodological frameworks and tools using GIS and remote sensing. He recently coordinated an international team on the redynamisation of the Rhine downstream from Kembs and a research program focused on feedbacks from monitoring programs conducted for assessing river restoration. Since 2010, he is the research leader of the scientific team working on the Rhône valley, being in charge of the Rhône Observatory of Human and Environment Interactions. He has contributed to more than 200 papers in peer-review journals and book chapters and has coordinated several edited books such as Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology – Handbook for ecologists and practitioners with M.G. Kondolf (2003, 2015), Gravel-bed rivers 6 : From process understanding to river restoration with H. Habersack and M. Rinaldi (2007) or fluvial remote sensing for science and management with P. Carbonneau (2012).

Núria Bonada

Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)Associate Professor for Freshwater Ecology in the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona

Núria Bonada is the head of the Freshwater Ecology, Hydrology and Management research group. Her research activity began in 1998 and she completed her PhD in 2003 at the University of Barcelona. In 2004 she got a postdoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science for a 2-year stay at the University Claude Bernard Lyon in France after which she returned to Spain as researcher at the University of Granada. In 2007 she obtained a position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona, and in 2014 she became a Associate Professor within the Catalonian Serra Húnter Program.

Her research focusses on the biodiversity, ecology, management and conservation of freshwater ecosystems. She has been working on large-scale spatial patterns of aquatic macroinvertebrates in mediterranean climate rivers and their responses to past, present, and future disturbances, combining community and population approaches. A large part of her studies was conducted at places where intermittent rivers are part of the daily landscape and have triggered many evolutionary adaptations of species.

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