GEO BON Structure Towards 2020:
Working Groups and Biodiversity Observation Networks

Version 2.2, 26 Jan 2017

Chair
Henrique Miguel Pereira, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Germany

Vice-Chair
Mike Gill, Polar Knowledge Canada

Executive Secretary
Laetitia Navarro, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Germany

Secretariat
Laetitia Navarro, Carlos Guerra, Nestor Fernandez, Christian Langer, Ariane Korn, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Germany

 

Management Committee

Responsibilities
GEO BON operations; the MC meets monthly to discuss technical and substantive issues regarding GEO BON implementation and coordination.

Composition
Includes the members of the GEO BON Secretariat (Executive Director, Secretary, Programmer), the Chair/Vice-Chair, and other Officers; 3 year terms, renewable once.

Members:

Henrique Miguel Pereira
Chair

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Germany

Mike Gill
Vice-Chair

Polar Knowledge Canada
Canada

Gary Geller
GEO Science Officer

US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
USA

Laetitia Navarro
Executive Secretary

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Germany

Christian Langer
IT Officer

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Germany

Carlos Guerra
ECOPOTENTIAL Scientist

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Germany

Nestor Fernandez
Biodiversity Scientist

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Germany

HyeJin Kim
Biodiversity Scientist

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Germany

Ariane Korn
Administrative Assistant

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Germany

Implementation Committee

Responsibilities
The IC implements the deliverables and the implementation plan of GEO BON. It approves the annual budget and has an executive function. The IC meets by phone quarterly and in person once a year. The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board are also the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Implementation Committee.

Composition
Those actively engaged in implementing GEO BON including all members of Management Committee, WG Leads or Task Force Leads and Leads of BON’s. New members must be confirmed by the peers in the Implementation Committee.

Members:

Name Institution Country Capacity
Patricia Balvanera National University of Mexico Mexico Ecosystem services WG
Tom Christensen Aarhus University Denmark Arctic BON
Mark Costello University of Auckland New Zealand Marine BON
Aurélie Delavaud Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB) France French BON
Simon Ferrier CSIRO Australia EBV Development TF
Néstor Fernández iDiv Germany GEO BON Secretariat /
Data TF
Gary Geller US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) USA GEO / NASA
Ilse Geijzendorffer Tour du Valat France Ecosystem services WG
Mike Gill Polar Knowledge Canada Canada Co-Chair/
BON development WG
Carlos Guerra iDiv Germany GEO BON Secretariat
Matthew C. Hansen University of Maryland USA Ecosystem structure WG
Walter Jetz Yale University USA Species populations WG
Melodie McGeoch Monash University Australia Species populations WG
Robert Guralnick University of Florida USA Data TF
Frank Muller-Karger University of South Florida USA Marine BON
Eun-Shik Kim Kookmin University, Seoul South Korea AP BON
HyeJin Kim iDiv Germany GEO BON Secretariat
Daniel Kissling University of Amsterdam The Netherlands Coordinator GLOBIS-B
Data TF
Maria Cecilia Londoño Alexander von Humboldt Institute Colombia Colombia Colombia BON
BON development WG
Corinne Martin UNEP – WCMC UK Policy TF
Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba National University of Mexico Mexico Ecosystem services WG
Laetitia Navarro iDiv Germany GEO BON Secretariat
Policy TF
Jeanne Nel VU University Amsterdam /Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University The Netherlands
South Africa
Freshwater BON
Emily Nicholson Deakin University Australia Ecosystem function WG
Henrique M. Pereira iDiv Germany Co-Chair
Isabel Sousa Pinto University of Porto Portugal Marine BON
Nathalie Pettorelli Zoological Society of London (ZSL) UK Ecosystem function WG
Michael Schaepman University of Zurich Switzerland Coordinator BioDiscovery
& GlobDiversity
Ghada El Serafy DELTARES Netherlands Coordinator ECOPOTENTIAL
Andrew Skidmore University of Twente The Netherlands Ecosystem structure WG Remote Sensing TF
Jason Taylor Bureau of Land Management USA Arctic BON
Eren Turak Office of Environment & Heritage Australia Freshwater BON
Sheila Vergara University of the Philippines Los Baños Philippines AP BON
Petteri Vihervaara Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki Finland BON development WG
Aaike De Wever Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Belgium Freshwater BON
Haigen Xu Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences China China BON
Tetsukazu Yahara Kyushu University Japan AP BON
Advisory Board

Responsibilities
The Advisory Board meets once a year, together with the Implementation Committee, to provide strategic direction and feedback on GEO BON and helps to find funding. Members of the Advisory Board are elected by GEO BON’s management committee every 3 years and are renewable once.

Composition
Advisory board members are representatives of organizations, governments, and experts, in a geographically balanced composition as well as other influential individuals with good ties to funding.

Members:

Name Institution Country
Donald Hobern Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Denmark
Robert Höft Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Canada
Anne Larigauderie Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Germany
Harold Mooney Stanford University USA
Marc Paganini European Space Agency (ESA) Italy
Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard Future Earth Canada
Jon Paul Rodrigues IUCN Venezuela
Bob Scholes Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa
Woody Turner US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) USA
Matt Walpole United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) UK

 

Working Groups
GEO BON Working Groups
Ecosystem structure

The activities of this new working group are closely related to those of the former WG3 but with a specific focus on characterizing Ecosystem Structure. In general, the WG focuses on measures of ecosystem state and how it is changing, including condition of and change in the structural components that maintain biodiversity characteristics. The WG develops new techniques and algorithms for earth observation from space in characterizing ecosystem structure and its change over time. Activities on Ecosystem function as well as species population and abundance related to EO will be coordinated with the Ecosystem Structure working group, particularly in regard to RS-EBVs.

For more information please visit:

geobon.org/working-groups/ecosystem-structure
Ecosystem function

Biodiversity is defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity as “the variability among living organisms”, the ecological complexes in which they naturally occur, and the ways in which they interact with each other and with the physical environment. It is a fundamentally multidimensional concept that can be measured in terms of different components (genetic, population/species, and community/ecosystem); each of these components has compositional, structural and functional attributes which can be considered the three-dimensions of biodiversity. Organism-based metrics that count the number of distinct species in a defined area (species richness) are the most common proxies used in biodiversity assessments.

For more information please visit:

geobon.org/working-groups/ecosystem-function
Species populations

In 2015 and 2016, a GEOBON expert group has progressed a first conceptualization of the Species Distribution EBV and charted out next steps to advance its empirical capture and use. Over the same time period GEO BON supported the development of essential variables for invasion monitoring. This effort identified the availability of occurrence data for alien species as central to their successful management and highlighted the importance of advances in sharing and integration of such data. With the Species Populations Working Group, we are now entering a second phase with the larger goal of advancing the operational aspects of the SA EBV and especially the SD EBV, supporting scientists to develop example research and conservation applications, and connecting it to other EBVs, indicators and applications.

For more information please visit:

geobon.org/working-groups/species-populations
Ecosystem services

The challenge that this WG faces, is going beyond quantification of the natural system that forms the basis for ecosystem service provision, to incorporation of multiple tradeoffs, multiple scales and a wide range of social dimensions. This requires a broad interdisciplinary team from science and humanities fields that can jointly identify and explore the most crucial components of the system that need to be observed.

Our primary audiences are national, regional and global decision makers, who, through their policies, can influence institutional structures, management practices and human behaviors that eventually affect the status of ecosystems and components of human well being to which they are linked. Specifically, we aim to work closely with governments and NGOs in the countries that we work in as a team; for example, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), UN SDGs, UNFCCC, Ecosystem Services Partnership, and the Convention of Biological Diversity. Given the strong science basis of our work, we also aim to influence and inform the academic and scientific community addressing similar issues.

For more information please visit:

geobon.org/working-groups/ecosystem-services
BON development

It is important that a national, regional or thematic BON does not develop and operate in isolation, but rather draws from and contributes to broader regional and global biodiversity observation efforts while, at the same time, allowing flexibility and customization to respond to regional, national and/or local needs. With this in mind, the BON Development Working Group will work with national and international organizations to help facilitate effective and efficient BON’s that primarily serves communities by facilitating policy and decision-making processes and that contribute to global BON efforts.

For more information please visit:

geobon.org/working-groups/bon-development