KEYNOTE speakers


Brian Enquist
University of Arizona

I’m a broadly trained plant biologist and ecologist. My collaborative lab group strives to develop a more integrative, quantitative, and predictive framework for biology, community ecology, and large-scale ecology. In particular, we aim to link biological measures across spatial and temporal scales in ecology and evolution. My research focuses on three core areas:

(1) Scaling and Functional Biology/Ecophysiology – highlighting and deducing how general scaling rules, climate, and physical constraints influence organismal form, function, and diversity;

(2) Macroecology – assessing the ecological, macro ecological, biogeographic and evolutionary ramifications of the above organismal rules/constraints;

(3) Novel approaches – utilizing novel computation, big data, statistical, and visualisation tools to assess how differing climate change scenarios will influence the distribution of diversity and functioning of forests and ecosystems.

Our research involves focus on field work, big datasets, scaling, developing theory and informatics infrastructure, empirically measuring numerous attributes of organismal form and function, utilizing physiological and trait-based techniques, and assessing macroecological and large-scale patterns. To address these questions my lab group often work in contrasting environments including tropical forests, on elevation gradients, and in high alpine ecosystems.

Dr. Enquist is a Professor of Biology at the University of Arizona. He is also external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He is a broadly trained biologist, plant biologist and an ecologist. He is a Fulbright Fellow, has been listed in Popular Science Magazine as one of their "Brilliant 10", and was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012 and the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in 2018.


Alexandra Worden
Monterey bay aquarium research institute

Alexandra Worden earned a B.A. in History from Wellesley College, with a concentration in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at M.I.T. She remained at M.I.T. for two years after graduating as a research technician. She then moved to the University of Georgia, where she received a NASA Earth Systems Science Fellowship (1996-1999) and completed her Ph.D. in Ecology in 2000.

Dr. Worden then went on to conduct research on microbial interactions at Scripps Institution of Oceanography as an NSF Microbial Biology Postdoctoral Fellow, before accepting an Assistant Professorship at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. In 2007 she joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where she leads a microbial ecology research and technology development group. Dr. Worden’s graduate students attend the University of California Santa Cruz, where she is Adjunct Professor in the Ocean Sciences Department.

Dr. Worden’s research focuses on regulation of photoautotrophic microbes with an emphasis on carbon cycling in marine systems. This includes studies on the basic biology of eukaryotic microbes and how such studies can inform us about the evolution of eukaryotes, including land plants. Her group develops and implements methods and technologies for sea-going oceanography, including innovations in genomic, metagenomic and transcriptomic approaches. Dr. Worden is a Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Marine Investigator and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.


Lionel GUIDI
Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer

Lionel Guidi has been a CNRS researcher since 2013 in Villefranche-sur-Mer, one of the three marine stations of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 06) in France. He graduated in 2008 from the Sorbonne Universités, UPMC, Université Paris 06, and Texas A&M University in Texas, USA. Shortly after graduation, he started four years of postdoctoral research at the C-MORE (Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education) at the University of Hawaii. Guidi’s main research interests are driven by the need to better understand the global carbon cycle, and, in particular, the biological carbon pump, from gene to the ecosystem level. In order to achieve that goal, he had early motivation to bring “standard methods” together with new instruments and analytical tools to study the biology and biogeochemistry of the ocean.


Neil Banas
University of Strathclyde

Neil Banas Is an oceanographer and mathematical ecologist, with a background in physical oceanography. His current organising questions are: first, given that climate change can push on a marine ecosystem by a dozen separate pathways simultaneously, which pathways are the crucial ones? Second, what is the role of biological complexity (diversity, adaptability, behavior, life history) in large-scale patterns in the ocean? Neil uses a range of dynamical model methods from high-resolution, spatially explicit simulations to paper-and-pencil sketches of life history and population dynamics.