Professor Cascade Sorte

Presenting in: Theme 12

Cascade Sorte joined the faculty at University of California (UC) – Irvine (in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) in 2014, after completing a Master’s degree at UC – Santa Barbara, Ph.D. at UC – Davis, and postdoctoral research at University of Massachusetts – Boston. In 2017, she was elected an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. As an integrative marine ecologist, Prof. Sorte’s research spans ecological scales from physiology to biogeography. She uses a mechanistic approach to investigate responses to global change, particularly climate change, species invasions, and climate-driven range shifts.

Associate Professor
Malin Pinsky

Presenting a plenary session

Malin Pinsky is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, where he leads a research group studying global change ecology and evolution in the ocean. The ocean is a fundamentally different environment from that on land, and a central interest in his research is the extent to which global change patterns and processes are similar across land and sea. Integrating tools from statistical ecology, population genomics, field observations, and mathematical modeling, his research aims to understand the consequences of these differences for global change in the ocean and the implications for developing more sustainable ocean uses. He developed the OceanAdapt website to document shifting ocean animals in North America and has published articles in Science, PNAS, and other international journals. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, an A.B. from Williams College, and grew up near the coast of Maine.

Dr April Reside 

Presenting in: Theme 13

April Reside’s research focusses on climate change impacts to Australia’s terrestrial vertebrate and freshwater fauna. By modelling species distributions for both current and future climate scenarios, this work identified future biodiversity hotspots and climate refugia.  April applies conservation planning frameworks to identify spatial priorities for climate change adaptation for biodiversity and carbon sequestration. Her research has fed into Natural Resource Management and government planning for climate change adaptation.

April is involved in on-ground threatened species conservation through the Recovery Team for the Black-throated Finch; and Birdlife Australia’s Research and Conservation Committee and Threatened Species Advisory Committee.

Tomas Thierfelder

Presenting in: Theme 9

Tomas Thierfelder holds a tenure position as senior scientist and lecturer at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. He specialises in biometry with a range of biological and geo-related applications, with the construction of digital research infrastructures, and with the theory of interdisciplinary research. Tomas is currently co-coordinating a major Nordic Centre of Excellence (Climate Change Effects on the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and the Impacts on Northern societies – CLINF), is the principal investigator of major international and national science infrastructures (INTERACT and SITES), is the principal investigator of a national Swedish agricultural decision support infrastructure for integrated pest management, and is engaged as a statistical expert in the development of new sustainable forestry technologies.

Assistant Professor Wilco Verberk

Presenting a plenary lightning talk

Wilco Verberk is an Assistant professor at the Department of Animal Ecology and Physiology, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. in Freshwater Ecology in 2008, investigating species responses to ecosystem restoration. His studies now focus on the ecophysiology of aquatic invertebrates to better understand their thermal niche and predict their responses to climate change.

Fengyi Guo (Freda)

Presenting a plenary lightning talk

Fengyi Guo (Freda) is broadly interested in global change impacts on species distribution and movement patterns, the conservation implications and mitigation strategies. Her research topics include the interactive effects between climate and land-use change on species elevational range shifts, behavioral thermal constraints on global species distributions, as well as the assessment and enhancement of habitat connectivity for species movements.

Freda holds a BSc (Hons) and an MPhil in Ecology from the University of Hong Kong. She is currently a PhD student at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Princeton University.

Species on the Move

An International Conference Series

The conference brings together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.


Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving research field, however, much of our progress is being made in independent research areas: e.g. understanding the process vs responding to the implications, terrestrial vs marine ecosystems, global meta-analyses vs in depth species-specific approaches. This interdisciplinary conference develops connections between these parallel streams, and across temporal and spatial scales.

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