Prof Susana Clusella-Trullas
Prof Clusella-Trullas’ research focuses on understanding how species respond to climate variability via behaviour, phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary change. She leads the CL•I•M•E research group and uses a combination of theoretical, experimental and field approaches to build a predictive understanding of how ectotherms, such as reptiles and insects, will respond further to ongoing climate change. Her interests also include the interactive effects of climate change and biological invasions on native diversity. She has led and co-authored several key analyses of patterns of physiological traits at global scales and strives to develop methods that can be used by managers to reliably assess vulnerability of species to thermal stress.
Prof Sophie Von der Heyden
Marine Molecular Ecologist
Prof von der Heyden is a marine molecular ecologist. Her research is by necessity broad, but primarily focusses on the conservation and sustainable utilisation of species and the marine environment. Her particular interests lie in the applicability of molecular ecological and genomics tools to inform marine spatial planning, resilience and adaptation of marine species to ongoing and future change, as well as the impacts of changing marine communities on society. She is also the Lead Investigator on a national project on the conservation and restoration of seagrass ecosystems in South Africa.
Dr Romain Pirard
Romain Pirard holds a PhD in Environmental Economics with twe nty years of experience in various contexts such as international organizations (CIFOR, World Bank) and NGOs (IUCN, Greenpeace), research & development organizations (CIRAD, CERDI), think tanks (IDDRI), consultancy (ONFI) and bilateral cooperation (French Embassy). His research has focused on deforestation dynamics in the tropics, various approaches to sustainable forest management and the provision of ecosystem services and the role of commodities supply chains, with a specialisation in Indonesia. He is now involved in developing research on the economics of land use for climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as the challenges and opportunities of the Just Energy Transition in South Africa.
Dr Christian Lueme
Planetary and Public Health Medical Researcher
Dr. Lokotola Christian Lueme has a strong interest in climate change and health risk. His research area covers climate change, air pollution and health, sustainable urban health, and climate change migration and human health. His approach focuses on the quantification and prediction of the magnitude of health risk and uncertainties of health care resilience to climate change and air pollution. His current research focuses on planetary health education and integration of planetary health into primary health care and patient care.
Prof Pedro Monteiro
Prof Monteiro is newly based at the School for Climate Studies where he leads the emerging research area of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR), a key global and regional science and governance policy challenge towards and beyond net-zero emissions. This reflects his interests in building a better understanding of how regional and global natural carbon sinks and ecosystems and carbon-climate-ecosystem feedbacks are linked and help impact the efficacy and sound policy development for the necessary negative emissions in the 21st Century. It builds on his longer term focus on the role of fine scale ocean physics on carbon fluxes in the Southern Ocean and its impact on the uncertainties in the carbon budget and long term carbon-climate projections. He was co-Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for Chapter 5 – Carbon and Biogeochemical Feedbacks – of the IPCC AR6 – WG1 and Chief Oceanographer and head of the SOCCO programme at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).