Invited Speakers | Track 3

ORGANISMS IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT
‘Interactions with the environment: for better and for worse’

Tobias Kalenscher

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kalenscher has a diploma in psychology. He received a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Ruhr-University Bochum in 2005. He went to the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for a post-doc position and, later, an independent researcher position on a VENI grant in systems biology. He was appointed professor of Comparative Psychology at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in 2011. Tobias works on the interface between psychology, neuroscience and economics. His main interest is to understand the psychology and neurobiology of decision-making in general, and deviations from optimal decision-making in particular. Combining in-vivo electrophysiology, psychopharmacology, and neuroimaging techniques with conceptual tools borrowed from psychology, economics, and biology, he employs a multidisciplinary, comparative approach to tackle these issues. Read more

Judy Shamoun-Baranes

Judy Shamoun-Baranes is an ecologist whose research focuses on understanding how intrinsic and environmental factors influence animal movement at different scales in space and time and the consequences of movement strategies. After attaining a PhD in Zoology at Tel Aviv University, Israel, she relocated to the University of Amsterdam where she leads research in the field of animal movement ecology and is head of the Department of Computational and Theoretical Ecology. Her work focuses on birds and integrates movement and behavioural data collected using high resolution GPS tracking (www.uva-bits.nl) or radar measurements, environmental data and different modelling approaches. Fundamental knowledge about avian movement is also used to better understand human wildlife interactions and help develop solutions when conflicts arise, especially for wind energy development at sea and aviation safety. She was one of the founders and vice-chair of the e-COST Action “the European Network for the Radar Surveillance of Animal Movement” (ENRAM, www.enram.eu ) and invests in the development of e-science infrastructure to support collaborative research. Read more