Advisory Board


Giovanni Baiocchi is an applied environmental economist. Giovanni’s main research looks at the global and local impact of economic activity, including trade, urbanization, and lifestyles. He has published a wide range of interdisciplinary research in international multidisciplinary journals such as Environmental Science & Technology, Ecological Economics, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Nature Climate Change, and Computational Economics. Giovanni is a lead author for the IPCC 5th Assessment for Working Group III, focusing on the drivers, trends, and mitigation of climate change. He was also selected as a qualified independent expert for environmental themes by the European Commission.


Jeffrey Johnson is professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida. He has been active in research projects funded by Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for more than three decades. He has conducted extensive long-term research supported by the National Science Foundation comparing group dynamics of over-wintering crews at the American South Pole Station, with those at the Polish, Russian, Chinese, and Indian Antarctic Stations. In addition, he is interested in network models of complex biological systems and has been working on the application of continuous time Markov chain and exponential random graph models to the study of trophic dynamics in food webs. He has published extensively in anthropological, sociological, biological and marine science journals and was the founding editor of the Journal of Quantitative Anthropology, and co-editor of the journal Human Organization.


Mark Lubell is Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on human behaviour and the role of governance institutions in solving collective action problems and facilitating cooperation.  The collective action problems associated with environmental policy provide a laboratory for his research.  Mark’s current projects include watershed management, environmental activism, agricultural best management practices, and institutional change in local governments.  He also dabbles in experimental economics and simulation techniques to further explore collective action theory.


Silvia Diana Matteucci is researcher at the Argentinean National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). She is specialised in vegetal physiology and has been working in the Chaco region of Argentina. She is also member of the Landscape Ecology Group at the University of Buenos Aires (GEPAMA), where she collaborated closely with the pioneer Chaco ecologist, the late Professor Jorge Morello.


John Hillary Palmer originally took a BA in Modern languages followed by a BPhil in Latin American studies at Oxford. His BPhil thesis was an ethnographic survey of the hunter-gatherers of the Argentinian Chaco, and he did fieldwork with the Wichí for his doctorate, awarded in 1997. He has subsequently published both papers, in English and in Spanish, as well as a respected monograph on Wichí life. However, since the early 1990s Palmer has worked continuously in advocacy, particularly on indigenous rights/consultancy work in Argentina and Paraguay. After a series of repeat visits to the Wichí, he returned to the Chaco in 1996 to dedicate his life to assisting them in their various legal battles which have resulted in formal recognition from the Argentine State for the legal status of this indigenous community, and given them title to the land on which domestic life is lived.


Zhanli (Jerry) Sun currently employed at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development and Transition Economies (IAMO) as a senior researcher in the Department Structural Change. He was trained as a cartographer in college and received a PhD degree in Geography from the Chinese Academy of sciences in 1999. His research is focused on land system change with various analytical and simulating models, including agent-based modeling, system dynamics and Bayesian networks. He is currently working in a research project (PASANOA) looking at deforestation, agricultural expansion and sustainable management in Northern Argentina.


Jose Norberto Volante is a geographer and researcher at the Argentinean National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), currently employed at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA). His main research interests are in the area of land use cover change, land use planning and GIS. He has been working extensively on the issue of deforestation in the Argentinean Chaco.