Zsófia Horváth

Postdoctoral researcher at WasserCluster Lunz (Austria) and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv; Germany). Graduated at Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary). She is an aquatic ecologist particularly interested in metacommunity ecology and the importance of connectivity among habitats in a landscape. Most of her work comes from temporary ponds and alpine lakes, where she investigates plankton and large branchiopods by combining empirical approach with experiments (micro- and mesocosms, hatching and feeding experiments).

Francisco A. Comín

Research Professor at Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología-CISC (Zaragoza-Jaca,Spain). Former Professor of Ecology at University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Parma (Italy) and CINVESTAV-IPN (Yucatán, México). Dr. Comín is specialized in applying methods of restoration for degraded wetlands, developing methodologies for the restoration at watershed scale, and contributing to the development of the theory of ecological restoration. He is particularly interested in the restoration and use of wetlands for water quality and biodiversity improvements and the integration ecosystem services assessment in the socio-ecological development of rural areas.He is 2017 John Rieger Award of the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Federico Marrone

Federico Marrone is a researcher and lecturer in Zoology at the University of Palermo (Italy). His research deals with inland-water crustacean faunistics and phylogeography, focusing on copepods and large branchiopods from Mediterranean temporary ponds. Furthermore, he is interested in the systematics and phylogeny of Palaearctic large branchiopods and diaptomid calanoid copepods, comparing emerging molecular and morphological diversity patterns. He is a member of the “Commissione Fauna” of the Unione Zoologica Italiana (UZI; www.uzionlus.it), and the Scientific coordinator for the Anostraca, Notostraca and Spinicaudata (Crustacea Branchiopoda) of the Italian fauna in the frame of the databases “Checklist della Fauna Italiana” and “Fauna Europaea”, and of the project PESI (Pan European Species-directories Infrastructure, EU Project FP7 n. RI -223806).

Biel Obrador

Biel Obrador is an ecosystem ecologist specialized in carbon cycling in aquatic systems. Biel Obrador is presently Associate Professor at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the University of Barcelona. His research aims at understanding how aquatic ecosystem functioning responds to local and global drivers, using carbon biogeochemistry as a proxy. Topics covered include greenhouse gas emissions, lake metabolism, carbon burial in lake and reservoir sediments, biogeochemical transformation of dissolved organic carbon and inorganic carbon dynamics in river networks. His experience in coastal lagoons and pond carbon dynamics has recently brought his interest to the biogeochemistry of temporary aquatic ecosystems.