Fernando T. Maestre
Dr. Maestre leads the Dryland Ecology and Global Change Lab at the University of Alicante (Spain), devoted to understanding how dryland ecosystems work and how they are responding to ongoing global environmental change. Beyond his research interests, he is committed to train the next generation of scientists, to promote open science by providing public access to all his research outputs, to disseminate his research to non-scientific audiences, and to create healthier, people-centred and collaborative research labs.
On the potential of international scientific collaboration to understand the ecology of our planet and ecosystem responses to global change
Using global drylands as a case study and my experience coordinating two large-scale global surveys I have coordinated (BIOCOM and BIODESERT), I will talk about how to unleash the power of international collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches to study environmental issues at the global scale. I will also provide some recommendations for those interested in setting up an international and inclusive network of researchers to address ecological questions and problems at the global scale.