ACES Associates

Dr Koen Arts

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Koen is an interdisciplinary researcher focusing on social dimensions of nature conservation. He is a Social Science Research Fellow in the Natural Resource Conservation group at dot.rural (University of Aberdeen) and studies the development and use of digital technology in nature conservation. Particularly, his focus is on stakeholder inclusion on both the demand and supply side of digital technology.

Dr Ricardo Braun

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Ricardo has worked for national and international - governmental and non-governmental organisations. He is a researcher at the Centre for Environmental Analysis, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and at the UN Urban Observatory (OUERJ). He is currently teaching at several post-graduate courses in Brazil for INBEC / UNICID / Green Building Council Brazil on Sustainable Construction, including Environmental Audits and corporate Social-environmental Responsibility (RES). He has developed ecodesign products and environmental films for the project ‘Natureza’. He also facilitates social participatory schemes. In 2011 became part of the jury of the Ford Company Environmental Conservation Award Brazil.

Dr Rob Brooker

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Rob is an plant community ecologist working in the Ecology group at the Macaulay Institute. He has a particular interest in plant interactions, their relationship to environmental drivers such as climate and land use change, and their impacts on biodiversity. He is extremely interested in the process of science-policy communication and has been working to improve his understanding of these issues, as well as the communication process itself.

Dr David Burslem

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David is an ecologist and conservation biologist in the School of Biological Sciences at Aberdeen University. Current research projects focus on gene flow and population genetics of tropical tree species, mechanistic modelling of tree seedling recruitment, and restoration ecology. These techniques are applied to monitoring and management of forest resources in tropical landscapes, and to species assessments at larger scales.

Dr Anna Evely

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Anna is Director of eco-enterprise, Project Maya. She spends her time on research, campaigning and running non-profit environmental projects. She is an interdisciplinary eco researcher/campaigner/entrepreneur.

Prof. John Farrington

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John has been a member of the University of Aberdeen since 1969. Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1988, and received a University of Aberdeen Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996. Promoted to Professor of Transport and Environment in 2001. Appointed Director of the Institute for Transport and Rural Research (ITRR) in 2006.

Dr Lucy Gilbert

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Lucy has a 16 year track record in wildlife ecology, including behavioural ecology, evolutionary and population genetics and, in particular, the ecology of ticks and tick-borne diseases. She has strong interests in the environmental determinants (interactions between climate, host communities and habitat) on tick populations and the prevalence of louping-ill virus and Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme borreliosis. A primary research goal is assessing how different management techniques can be effective control strategies of tick and tick-borne disease. Her research in these areas is highly relevant to sustainability of upland Scotland.

Dr Maggie Gill

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Maggie is the Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and the Environment (RERAD). A former Chief Executive of the Macaulay Institute and currently Professor of the School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen.

Dr Donald Gray

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Donald is a senior lecturer in the School of Education. He has a degree in zoology, and a background in science, environmental and outdoor education. He is currently research director for the Scottish Teachers for a New Era initiative in the School of Education. He has collaborative links with colleagues in Turin University and is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability at Turin and is co-editor, with Laura Colucci-Gray and Elena Camino, of the book Science, Society and Sustainability: Education and Empowerment for an Uncertain World

Dr Hilary Homans

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Hilary has worked with WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR UNICEF and the World Bank. She has extensive experience in monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning and policy formulation and developed the WHO Making Pregnancy Safer global strategy; the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GWHA) Vision Paper, and the current National AIDS Strategy for the Republic of Montenegro. Hilary has a strong commitment to poverty alleviation, reducing inequity and promoting social inclusion and is a founder member of two NGOs in the UK and Zimbabwe. In January 2010 Hilary was appointed Director of the Centre for Sustainable International Development at the University of Aberdeen. She continues to work with the UN and is a member of the GHWA Reference Group.

Prof. Tim Ingold

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Tim holds the Chair in Social Anthropology at the School of Social Science, at the University of Aberdeen, with research interests on, among others, work, environment and identity, domestic organisation and rural economy, migration and rural depopulation, social and environmental aspects of technical change.

Prof. Xavier Lambin

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Xavier's current research is focused on: 1) the roles of dispersal, predation, herbivory and pathogens on the spatial and temporal dynamics of cyclic field vole populations in an highly fragmented environment; 2) the behavioural and demographic and genetic processes in small semi-isolated populations where localised extinction and dispersal are common place; 3) adaptive management for mitigating the impact of an invasive predators; 4) dynamical feedback between plants and herbivores through silica induction; 5) kinship-induced instability in population dynamics; and 6) disease dynamics in host population dynamics and the role of (single and multiple) host dynamics in (single and multiple) disease dynamics.

Dr Julia Martin Ortega

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Julia has an interdisciplinary background in environmental sciences and environmental economics, with an emphasis on environmental valuation and a growing interest in qualitative analysis. Originally from Spain, Julia joined The James Hutton Institute in September 2010, after a two years research stay in the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the VU University in Amsterdam and a postdoc in the Basque Centre for Climate Change in Spain.

Her research focuses on the understanding of the relations of society and individuals with water ecosystem services. This is: i) what are the social drivers that affect the provisioning of water ecosystem services and how; ii) what are the benefits that humans derive from water resources and how their changes impact on human welfare; iii) how the use of economic tools and principles can be applied for sustainable water management. In this context, Julia aims to contribute to the development of socio-ecological frameworks for addressing water related problems.

Julia is particularly interested in the policy use of environmental economic analysis. She is further interested in education and capacity building. She has designed and facilitated several training courses on environmental economics and water management.

Dr. Jose Muñoz-Rojas Morenés

My main research and academic focus is aimed at providing (rural & regional) land-use planning & governance systems with a sound operational basis by looking at their potentialities to generate land mosaics and landscapes that minimize environmental and territorial impacts, and match both the thresholds of sustainability set from scientific and institutional perspectives, and the aspirations and needs of different stakeholders. For this purpose I am interested in developing and testing novel conceptual models, and applied methods and tools, useful for unraveling the complexity of socio-ecological and territorial systems from within spatially explicit and socio-politically realistic perspectives. The tools and techniques I am currently testing include Virtual Environments and Visualization, PPGIS/SDSS, Scenario Modeling and other techniques and methods (fractal geometries, fuzzy clustering…) useful to evaluate the complexity and uncertainty of social-ecological systems.
Additionally, I have been lately developing a strong interest in scalar issues and their implications for the sustainable and multi-functional governance and management of rural, regional and natural land systems and landscapes.

Dr Scott Newey

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Scott is a wildlife ecologist based at the Macaulay Institute in Aberdeen whose reserch aims to understand how natural and anthropogenic factors interact to drive wildlife population dynamics. Using mountain hares in the Scottish uplands as a model system Scott's current work combines large scale, replicated field experiments with cross-sectional and modelling studies to investigate the role of natural factors - such as parasites and food availability, management, and habitat fragmentation on mountain hare population dynamics.

Dr Katrin Prager

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Katrin is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in landscape planning, environmental management, and agri-environmental policy making. Her current research project LandscapePartners investigates the contribution of multi-stakeholder partnerships to sustainable landscape management. Katrin is interested in the interaction between social and ecological systems, institutions and governance in landscape and environmental management, as well as land manager attitudes and behaviour.

Dr Adam Price

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Adam is senior lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences with research interests in the genetics of stress resistance in crop plants including genetic mapping physiological traits and biotic interactions with a goal of contributing to agricultural sustainability.

Prof. Jim Prosser

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Jim is a microbial ecologist investigating the diversity and ecosystem function of microbial communities. His research focuses on the use of molecular techniques to characterise natural communities of microorganisms in soil and in aquatic environments. This research has uncovered novel microbial groups involved in biogeochemical cycling processes, in particular nitrification, which plays a central in the global nitrogen cycle.

Dr Deborah Randall

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Deborah is a conservation biologist whose research aims to link ecosystem monitoring and conservation decisions. Previous research focused on Ethiopian wolf behavioural ecology, disease management and conservation genetics. Her more recent work with Frankfurt Zoological Society in protected area planning and management in Ethiopia's Bale Mountains National Park and Simien Mountains National Park have focused on designing and implementing ecosystem monitoring programmes with park ecologists, local communities, and other stakeholders.

Dr Mark Reed

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Mark Reed is an interdisciplinary environmental researcher specialising in knowledge exchange and stakeholder participation. He helps people adapt to environmental change in mountains and deserts around the world.

Dr Louise Ross

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Louise is a plant ecologist interested in how vegetation responds to environmental change drivers, including climate change, invasive species, land management and nitrogen deposition and how these processes affect the conservation management of plant communities.

Prof. Christopher Secombes

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Chris is a fish immunologist, who works on factors important in the regulation of their immune responses. Fish farming has expanded enormously over the last two decades, paralleled by many disease problems. For successful control of disease in aquaculture a multifaceted approach is needed, with the use of vaccines and immunostimulants of value in improving fish health.

Prof. Pete Smith

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Pete is Professor of Soils & Global Change at the School of Biological Sciences, the University of Aberdeen, with research interests on soil modelling, global change impacts on ecosystems, soils and agricultural options to mitigate climate change, soil and agricultural sustainability, soils in the global carbon cycle and ecosystem modelling.

Prof. Pete Stollery

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Professor of Electroacoustic Music and Composition at the School of Education, the University of Aberdeen. Pete is a composer, sound artist and teacher who is passionate about the lost art of listening (conscious of the fact that we do not posses earlids, he wants people to think very carefully about what they listen to).

Prof. Paul Thompson

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Paul is an ecologist within the School of Biological Sciences, and Director of University's Lighthouse Field Station in the Moray Firth. His group explores how environmental changes affect the ecology of marine mammal and seabird populations. Much of this work is built upon long-term field studies of populations in Scottish waters, but comparative studies have been conducted in coastal and offshore systems across the world. He is currently an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Ecology and serves as a member of the IUCN Seal Specialist Group and the Committee of Scientific Advisors for the Society of Marine Mammalogy.

Prof. Ken Thompson

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Ken is Emeritus Professor at the School of Geosciences, the University of Aberdeen, with research interests on policy analysis for agriculture and rural areas/economies, modelling land use, trade, etc., and economics of forestry, aquaculture, rural tourism. Currently part-time theme leader, Socio-Economics Research Group, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and occasional private economic consultant.

Dr Jo Vergunst

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Jo is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. His research uses ethnographic methods to explore social and cultural perceptions of landscape, particularly in Scotland. He has carried out long-term fieldwork in Orkney and has also worked in Skye and Lochalsh, Aberdeenshire and several Scottish cities. His PhD research was on changing farming practices and the rise of the environmental movement in Orkney. Subsequently he has worked on rural development in western Europe and on walking and place-making. He is currently involved in research on creativity, art and environmental change in Greenland.

Dr Kerry Waylen

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Kerry is a researcher within the socio-economic research group of the Macaulay Institute in Aberdeen. She has broad interests in informing and improving the policy and practice of how we conserve our natural resources. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. She is particularly interested in the governance of natural resources (including water and biodiversity), and how this can be made more equitable and effective. This includes considering how best local people can be involved in conservation efforts, particularly in developing countries.