Melissa Haeffner, PhD, is an assistant professor in the environmental science and management department at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Her work links political ecology, sociology, and urban planning to understand “just water” and how social, political, and biophysical factors structure access to water, using the concept of environmental justice to draw attention to issues of fairness and equality in gaining access to natural resources under changing climatic conditions.
Margaret Barbour, PhD, is a professor of plant physiology and associate dean (research) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on regulation of energy, carbon, and water exchange between plants and the environment in both natural and managed ecosystems.
Lindsay Stringer is a full professor in environment and development at the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. Her work is interdisciplinary and looks at the relationships between environmental changes and livelihoods, with a particular focus on land and climate.
Nicole Webster is a principal research scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics at the University of Queensland. In both positions, Nicole uses experimental and field-based ecological research to explore multiple facets of coral reef microbiology. Her primary work focuses on assessing the impact of environmental stress on model invertebrate symbioses and determining the role of bacterial, archaeal, and viral symbionts in the ability of reef invertebrates to acclimate and adapt to a changing climate.
Ghislaine Platell is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia who determines the natural gut community of local termite species and how changes in diet can influence this community. Her research has a long-term aim to optimize biofuel production for local feedstocks.
Jess Reeves is a senior lecturer in environmental science and sustainability at Federation University Australia. Her research is in long-term climate and environmental change and human impact on wetlands.
Samantha Grover, PhD, is a lecturer in environmental science at RMIT University, Australia. As a soil scientist, she applies the physics, chemistry, and biology of soil systems to solve socioenvironmental problems of land degradation around the world, as well as pursuing blue sky research on the environmental engineers of the global carbon cycle, soil microbes.
Karen Hawke earned her PhD in Public Health from Flinders University with work that characterized HIV diversity, using molecular epidemiological and phylogenetic techniques. She now holds a postdoctoral position in infection and immunity at the Aboriginal Health, at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).