MEMBERS OF THE SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAC)

 

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is composed of ten members elected by the CoP. These members are scientists recognized internationally for their expertise in a variety of disciplines relevant to global change research.

As the main scientific advisory body of the IAI, it makes recommendations to the Conference of the Parties regarding the Science Agenda, long-range plans and annual program of the Institute. The SAC also leads the peer-review system for scientific proposals and results of IAI funded programs.

(See past SAC members here)

SAC rules: Spanish - English

Current composition of the SAC

Omar Ramsés López Alfano (Chair)
Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENACYT)
Area of expertise: plant physiological ecology, ecophysiology, tropical ecology, alien species, tropical forests
Appointment: 2021-2024 (Parties)

Tereza Cavazos
Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, Baja California, México
 

Area of expertise: Climate variability, physical oceanography
Appointment: 2017-2020, 2020-2023 (Parties)

Anahi Urquiza Gómez
Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Chile
 

Area of expertise: Sociology, resilience, poverty and energy transitions, anthropology and development, environment and society
Appointment: 2021-2024 (Parties)

Inés Camilloni
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Department of Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences (FCEN-UBA)
Sea and Atmosphere Research Centre (UBA/CONICET)
UMI-IFAECI/CNRS-CONICET-UBA

Area of expertise: Climate change and variability, air quality.
Appointment: 2020-2023 (Parties)

Alexander Turra
Instituto Oceanográfico, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil
UNESCO Chair on Ocean Sustainability 
Laboratory of Management, Ecology and Marine Conservation, Oceanographic Institute. Research Group on Environment and Society, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo.

Area of expertise: Marine Ecology and Coastal Management.
Appointment: 2020-2023 (SAC)

Jean Paul Metzger
Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil
Department of Ecology - Institute of Biosciences – University of São Paulo

Area of expertise: Landscape ecology and biodiversity conservation.
Appointment: 2020-2023 (Associates of the IAI)

Michelle Scobie
Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Lecturer, International Law, Global Environmental Governance

Area of expertise: International law and environmental governance, tourism, climate, biodiversity.
Appointment: 2020-2023 (SAC)

Mercy J. Borbor
Facultad de Ingeniería Marítima y Ciencias del Mar FIMCM, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador
Associate Professor

Area of expertise: Coastal marine resources, climate, health, risk management, urban ecology.
Appointment: 2020-2023 (SAC)

Mariana Meerhoff Scaffo (Alternate member / miembro suplente)
Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Area of expertise: Ecology and water quality in shallow lakes and streams; trophic interactions, effects of climate warming and other global changes on freshwater 
Appointment: 2018-2021 (Parties)
Alternate: 2021-2024
 

Jeniffer Silva
The Bridge Biofoundry - Guatemala
Co-funder, CTO & Director of Guatemala country

Area of expertise: plant biotechnology
Appointment: 2022-2025 (Parties)

Barry Warner
University of Waterloo
Professor Emeritus of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Area of expertise: wetlands ecosystem services, wetland technology for water
quality improvement, landscape rehabilitation
Appointment: 2022-2025 (Parties)

 

 

Alexandra Mallett (alternate member / miembro suplente)
Carleton University
Associate Professor and the Graduate Supervisor for Master of Arts (MA) program in Sustainable Energy (Policy)

Area of experience: design, implementation and evaluation of public policies on sustainable energy, environment and natural resources
Appointment: 2022-2025 (Parties)

MEMBERS OF THE SCIENCE-POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SPAC)

 

The SPAC was established by the CoP in 2013 to provide advice to the CoP and the IAI Directorate regarding the application and design of science in policy and decision making

(Past SPAC members here)

SPAC rules: English - Spanish

Current composition of the SPAC

Javier Gracia-Garza
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Senior Advisor: Climate Change, Agriculture, Environment and Forestry

Appointment: 2015-2018, 2018-2020, 2020-2023 (Parties)

Evelia Rivera Arriaga (Chair)
Instituto de Ecología, Pesquerías y Oceanografía del Golfo de México (EPOMEX) de la Universidad Autónoma de Campeche
Professor Investigator of Ecology, Fisheries, and Oceanography

Appointment: 2017-2020, 2020-2023 (Parties)

Karen de Oliveira Silverwood Cope
Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações, Brasil
General Coordinator for Ocean and Antarctic Science

Appointment: 2020-2023 (Parties)

David Smith
University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Director of the Centre for Environmental Management
Coordinator of the Institute for Sustainable Development

Appointment: 2020-2023 (Parties)

Margot Hurlbert
University of Regina
Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability Policy; Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Area of expertise: energy, natural resource, indigenous and environmental issues
Nombramiento: 2022-2025 (Parties)

Nathalie Flores (Alternate member / miembro suplente)
Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB)
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dominican Republic

Area of expertise: International public policy on climate change policy, international development and environmental issues
Appointment: 2022-2025 (Parties)

Carol Franco
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia (USA)
Senior Research Associate

Advisor: Nature-based Solutions, Ministry of Environment of the Dominican Republic

Area of experience: Ecosystem services, food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, climate change negotiations (UNFCCC)
Appointment: 2022-2025 (SPAC)

María Amparo Martínez Arroyo
Instituto de Ciencias de la Atmósfera y Cambio Climático, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Area of experience: marine biology, climate change, interdisciplinarity
Nombramiento: 2022-2025 (SPAC)

Jorge Rucks (Alternate member / miembro suplente)
CAF-GEF
Consultor de apoyo de alta competencia y experticia para la supervisión de proyectos 

Área de experiencia: políticas públicas, ordenamiento territorial, cooperación técnica para promover el desarrollo sostenible, cuencas hídricas
Nombramiento: 2022-2025 (SPAC)