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bioDISCOVERY is led by a Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). The SSC overseas and guides bioDISCOVERY activities, and contributes to the implementation of research to advance the observation and projection of biodiversity and ecosystem change.


SSC members serve for a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms, and are chosen to obtain a balance of scientific expertise and national representation.

Michael Schaepman

University of Zurich, Switzerland
Remote sensing, earth observation from

Lynne Shannon

University of Cape Town, South Africa
Marine ecology and oceanography, sustainable use of marine resources

Paul Leadley

University Paris-Sud, France
Vegetation ecology, global change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem function

Pete McIntyre

Cornell University, USA
Aquatic conservation ecology, sustainable use of freshwater resources

Moriaki Yasuhara

Hongkong University, China
Marine biodiversity and palaeontology, climate and anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems

Jeannine Cavender-Bares

University of Minnesota, USA
Plant ecology, ecosystem function and ecosystem processes

Jean Paul Metzger

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Landscape ecology, landscape function,
restoration ecology

Astrid van Teeffelen

EcoGroen, The Netherlands
Conservation ecology, conservation planning
and policy

Bernhard Schmid

University of Zurich, Switzerland
Plant ecology, biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships

David Obura

CORDIO East Africa, Kenya
Marine ecology, monitoring and sustainable use of marine ecosystems

Bernardo Strassburg

Institute for Sustainability, Brazil
Economy, environmental planning, sustainable use of resources, policy

Ülo Niinemets

Estonian University of Life Science, Estonia
Plant physiology, global change impacts on plant function and distribution

Olaf Weyl

South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa
Aquatic biology, anthropogenic impacts on freshwater fish, sustainable use of freshwater resources