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Barcelona Declaration 2008 experts' curricula

Here you will find a brief curriculum of the specialists who will participate in the meeting Barcelona Declaration 2008: Challenges and Pathways to Earth Sustainability, held in Barcelona on 2nd and 3rd October.

Meinrat Andreae is Director of the Biogeochemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute, Mainz, Germany. He has been awarded several scholarships and awards for his outstanding research achievements. He is conducting studies on the interaction of the biosphere and the atmosphere, with emphasis on atmospheric aerosols and trace gases. Andreae is a member of the scientific steering committee of the international program Large Scale Biosphere Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA), and co-chair of the scientific steering committee of Integrated Land Ecosystem - Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS). He has authored about 400 peer reviewed publications and edited several books and was a lead author of the Third Assessment report of the IPCC.


Lídia Brito holds an undergraduate degree in Forest Engineering by Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Forest Sciences from Colorado State University (USA). As the first Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Mozambique (2000–2005) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Eduardo Mondlane University (1998-2000) she accumulated extensive experience in the fields of Higher Education, Science and Technology, ICT and innovation policies and programs. Currently she teaches Wood Science at Eduardo Mondlane University and she is a member of several Board and Councils, including the UNU Council, IHE-UNESCO Governing Board, Governing Council of the African Forest Forum and Advisory Board of GeSCI.


Josep Canadell is the executive director of the Global Carbon Project based at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia. His work involves internationally coordinated research on two main areas: vulnerable regions to changes in climate and land use, and human-induced carbon trends and climate mitigation strategies to stabilize atmospheric carbon dioxide. He also liaises with policy makers and governments on climate change science and policies. Canadell was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that received the Peace Noble Price in 2007.



Kristie Ebi
is an independent consultant (ESS, LLC) conducting research on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change, primarily on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne diseases, and vectorborne diseases. She has worked with WHO, UNDP, USAID, and others on implementing adaptation measures in low-income countries. She was a Lead Author for the Human Health chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, has edited three books on climate change and health, and has more than 75 publications. Ebi’s scientific training includes a M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and MPH in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Click here to watch the interview made to Ebi by the Catalan TV program El Medi Ambient [only in catalan].

Harold Mooney is and emeritus professor from Stanford University (EUA), where he joined the staff in 1968. He earned his Ph.D. at Duke University in 1960 and was employed by University of California - Los Angeles the same year. He is an expert on plants and functioning of ecosystems from the Tropics to the Arctic. He has served as chairman of the United States National Research Council Committee on Ecosystem Management for Sustainable Marine Fisheries and as coordinator of the United Nations Global Biodiversity Assessment (1995). He has been president of the Ecological Society of America and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also elected foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and honourary member of the British Ecological Society. He was the 1990 recipient of the ECI Prize in terrestrial ecology and received the Max Planck Research Award in biosciences (1992; together with Ernst-Detlef Schulze) and been given the Eminent Ecologist Award for 1996 by Ecological Society of America. In 2007, he received the Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

Ian Noble is an advisor on climate change at the World Bank with particular responsibility for the Bank’s activities in adaptation. Before coming to the Bank in 2002 he was Professor of Global Change Research at the Australian National University. He has had senior roles in the IPCC process and in international cooperative research on climate change as part of the IGBP including chairing the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) for some years. In Australia he participated in the public and policy debate over responses to climate change and served as a Commissioner in an inquiry into the future of the Australian forests and forest industries. Ian Noble is an ecologist by training. In 1999 he was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.


Carlos Nobre received his Ph.D. in Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Currently his is a Senior Scientist with the Brazilian National Space Research Institute (INPE) and in charge of the newly-established Center for Earth System Science. He is the scientific coordinator of the São Paulo State Science Foundation's Research Programme on Global Climate Change. He is also the executive secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of S&T Climate Change Research Network (Rede CLIMA). He held the position of Director of INPE’s Center for Weather Forecasting and Climate Studies from 1991 to 2003 and was Program Scientist for the Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment (LBA) from 1996 to 2002. He is the chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (2006-2011). He has participated in the IPCC Assessments of 1990, 2001 and 2007 and on the Special Report on Land Use, Land Cover Change and Forestry (2000). He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing Nations (TWAS). His scientific interests encompass biosphere-atmosphere interactions, climate change modeling and Amazonian interdisciplinary studies.

Josep Peñuelas is a Research Professor of the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC). Director of the Plant Ecophysiology and Global Change Unit of CSIC - CREAF - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is an ecologist working on plant ecophysiology and atmosphere-biosphere interactions. He is highly cited scientist in ecology/environment, in plant and animal sciences and in all science fields of the ISI essential science indicators. Peñuelas has been visiting professor in many universities of all the continents and is member of the editorial board of several top science journals. He has received several awards-prizes both national and international. He is former president of Institució Catalana d'Història Natural and has been adviser of CADS (Consell Asessor per al Desenvolupament Sostenible), Generalitat of Catalonia.

Bob Scholes is systems ecologist and Fellow of the South African Council on Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), based in Pretoria. He received his Ph.D. at the University of the Witwatersrand and he has over 25 years of experience in many parts of Africa and has published widely in the fields of savanna ecology and global change, including in popular and scientific books. He has been involved in several high-profile environmental assessments and contributes to the formulation of national environmental policy. He is or has been a member of several steering committees of international research programmes, including the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and the Global Climate Observing System, and serves as a convening lead author for the IPCC. He was chairperson of the Global Terrestrial Observing System. He has been also co-chair of the Conditions and Trend Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He is currently a member of the steering committees of Diversitas and a member of the South African National Parks Board. He is a Fellow of the South African Academy and the Royal Society of South Africa.