Dr. Rodolphe Devillers works as a Senior Research Scientist for the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development IRD. His work is generally at the interface between geomatics/ GIScience and the marine and coastal environments, using GIS, spatial analyses and statistics, modelling and geovisualization to help support marine conservation and ocean management. Some of his research focuses on mapping seafloor habitats, helping design marine protected areas (MPAs), modelling the distribution of species at risk, and assessing the vulnerability of those species to anthropogenic threats. Devillers is also on the board of several environmental NGOs in the field of marine conservation and is Associate Editor of the journals Geomatica and Marine Geodesy.
Prof. Sanna Kaasalainen is the Director of the Department of Navigation and Positioning at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute at the National Land Survey of Finland (FI: Maanmittauslaitos; SV: Lantmäteriverket). The Department of Navigation and Positioning carries out innovative research on novel navigation and positioning solutions, such as new localization algorithms and the adaptation of new positioning sensors. Prof. Kaasalainen's research interests are optical sensors related to positioning and situational awareness. Prof. Kaasalainen is a board member in the Nordic Institute of Navigation and in the Terrestrial Laser Scanning Research Coordination Network (TLSRCN) funded by the US NSF. She is an Associate Editor of the ISPRS Journal for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
Dr. Mikael von Numers works as a University Teacher at Environmental and Marine Biology at Åbo Akademi University. Most of his fieldwork is done on the islands in the archipelago of SW Finland. The research is focused on long term changes and distribution patterns among birds and plants on the islands. He uses GIS for spatial analyses, species distribution modeling and for creating distribution maps of the species. He has taught GIS and species distribution modeling at Åbo Akademi University for several years.
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