Keynote speakers2019-06-10T12:05:21+00:00

Keynote speakers

Dr. Curtis J. Richardson is Professor of Resource Ecology and founding Director of the Duke University Wetland Center in the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, North Carolina, USA.

Dr. Richardson was elected President of the Society of Wetland Scientists in 1987-88. His research interests in applied ecology focus on long-term ecosystem response to large-scale perturbations such as climate change, toxic materials, trace metals, flooding, or nutrient additions. He has specific interests in phosphorus nutrient dynamics in wetlands and the effects of environmental stress on plant communities and ecosystem functions and services. The objectives of his research are to utilize ecological principles to develop new approaches to environmental problem solving. The goal of his research is to provide predictive models and approaches to aid in the management of ecosystems.

Dr. Richardson will give the opening plenary lecture entitled ”Climate Services from Wetlands”

Dr. K. Ramesh Reddy is a Graduate Research Professor and Chair of the Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, Gainesville, USA.

For over 40 years, Dr. Reddy has led ground-breaking research on the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients in natural and managed wetland and aquatic ecosystems, particularly in the Florida Everglades. He is a renowned biogeochemist, mentor, and leader in wetland science. He promoted an integrated approach to wetland science that included biogeochemistry in research and education, he co-authored a textbook entitled Biogeochemistry of Wetlands: Science and Applications, and has produced more than 350 peer-reviewed papers. He served on the National Research Council Committee of the National Academy of Sciences for an independent review of the Everglades Restoration Plan and currently serves on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board’s Ecological Processes and Effects Committee.

Dr. Reddy will give a talk about phosphorus dynamics in wetlands.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joosten is a Professor of Peatland Studies and Palaeoecology at the Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology of Greifswald University, Germany.

As the director of the Department of Peatland Studies and Palaeoecology of Greifswald University, Dr. Joosten studies peatlands in an integrative way at the crossroads between palaeo-ecology, ecology, landscape ecology, nature conservation and wise use. A key research topic is paludiculture, i.e. wet agriculture on peatlands on which he edited the first handbook in 2016.  Hans Joosten has produced several books on mires and peatlands, including ‘Wise use of mires and peatlands’ (2002) and ‘Mires and peatlands of Europe’ (2017). Hans Joosten has been intensively involved in UNFCCC negotiations and IPCC guidance development, especially with respect to accounting for emissions from organic soils, and in FAO in advancing climate-responsible peatland management.

Hans Joosten will give a talk about paludiculture.

Dr. Tom Headley is an independent consultant, offering expertise and services internationally via Wetland & Ecological Treatment Systems (WETSystems), Newcastle, Australia.

Dr. Headley holds a PhD from Southern Cross University and has over 20 years’ experience in the research, design, construction and operation of ecological technologies for wastewater treatment. Dr. Headley has worked in New Zealand, Fiji, Denmark, Germany, the USA and throughout the Middle East applying the full spectrum of wetland technologies across a broad range of applications, including treatment of sewage, sludge, oilfield production water, landfill leachate, industrial effluents and agricultural runoff.  Dr. Headley has been involved with the design, construction and operation of the world’s largest industrial constructed wetland system, with >700 ha of surface flow wetlands and ponds for managing 115 ML/d of oilfield wastewater in the desert of Oman. He is currently engaged to expand this project by 60 ML/d with > 400 ha wetlands/ponds.

Dr. Headley will give a talk about this flagship example of what can be achieved with eco-technologies.

Dr. Karin M. Kettenring is an Associate Professor of Wetland Ecology at the Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center at Utah State University, USA.  

Dr. Kettenring received her B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College. She received her PhD in Applied Plant Sciences from the University of Minnesota where she did research on restoration of sedges (Carex species) in prairie pothole wetlands. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, where she studied the invasion of Phragmites australis in Chesapeake Bay tidal wetlands. She has been a faculty member at Utah State University since 2008 and teaches courses on wetland and restoration ecology.  Her research efforts focus on (1) the ecology, genetics, and management of wetland invaders, (2) seed ecology of native wetlands plants with implications for wetland revegetation, (3) restoration genetics for sustainable, functioning wetlands, and (4) drought effects on wetlands​ with potential policy and management solutions.  

Dr. Kettenring will talk about challenges related to invasive species in wetlands.

Dr. Jennifer Tank is the Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, and Director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative.

Dr. Tank studies the cycling of nutrients in stream and rivers with a focus on the restoration of ecosystem function in impacted systems. Dr. Tank currently leads a multidisciplinary group of researchers examining the effect of agricultural land use on freshwater. Since 2006, her research has explored innovative conservation strategies to improve the health and nutrient removal efficiency of streams draining cropland in the agricultural Midwest by restoring floodplains in formerly channelized ditches. Her federally-funded research programme includes grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She is also the current President of the Society for Freshwater Science.

Dr. Tank will give a talk about double profile streams.

Dr. Bill Mitsch is Eminent Scholar and Director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park and Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration at Florida Gulf Coast University in Naples Florida, USA.

Bill Mitsch has been a university professor specializing in wetland and aquatic biogeochemistry and ecological engineering for 44 years at 4 universities in the USA. His over 700 publications include 5 editions of the textbook/reference book ‘Wetlands’ and two ecological engineering books. He founded in 1992 and served for 25 years as editor-in-chief of the international journal ‘Ecological Engineering’. He is Past President of the Society of Wetland Scientists and American Ecological Engineering Society, the latter which he founded.  Dr. Mitsch has received several prestigious awards such as the Stockholm Water Prize, the first Odum Award for Excellence in Ecological Engineering, and the Ramsar Award for Merit.

Dr. Mitsch will address future challenges and opportunities in wetland science.