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Meet the women behind Ecosystems and People

Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

For the International Day of Women & Girls in Science 2019 we sat down with half of the Ecosystems and People editorial board, representing 16 women at the front of global research in biodiversity and ecosystems. To recognise the importance of research by women to the field of biodiversity, we asked them to look back on papers published in the journal and to highlight a key work written by women.

They've picked 'Modelling carbon stock and carbon sequestration ecosystem services for policy design: a comprehensive approach using a dynamic vegetation model' the article was selected because it develops a new approach for modelling carbon services, which has been applied in Mexico, Bolivia and Brazilian Amazon. Results show that by ignoring carbon in soil and litter up to 50% of total carbon stocks are not currently accounted for, while carbon sequestration has been overestimated up to ten times by not accounting for emissions from heterotrophic respiration. As a consequence, global C funds, markets and decision-makers have inadvertently made gross underpayments to carbon stocks while those for carbon sequestration have been overpayments. Better models of ecosystem services that incorporate crucial ecological processes are thus urgently needed to design policies towards a 1.5 degree future.

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Meet our Female Editors

Berta Martín López, Leuphana University of Lüneburg"Sustainability scientist who pursues inclusivity and equity"Patricia Balvanera, Instituto de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas y Sustentabilidad"Interdisciplinary ecologist thrilled to learn from others"
Graciela Rusch, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)"Ecologist interested in nature - humans interactions"Sarah Klain, Utah State University"My research informs socially and ecologically responsible renewable energy development"
Christina Furst, Martin-Luther University"I am professor for Sustainable Landscape Development at MLU"Suneetha M. Subranian, United Nations University"Exploring equity in human-nature transactions"
Isabella Durance, Cardiff University"Freshwater scientist, for people and ecosystems"Marina García-Llorente, Madrid Institute for Rural Development"A determined and applied social-ecological researcher"
José Potting, KTH Royal Institute of Technology"Diversity benefits ecosystems, work, careers and science"Eszter Kelemen, Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG) Ltd"A life-long learner of human-nature interactions"
Maria Jose Martinez-Harms, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile"Scientist working on evidence-based conservation"Houria Djoudi, Center for International Forestry Research"Strengthening the fragile tie between biodiversity and equity"
Marta Berbés-Blázques, Arizona State University"Resilience thinker pursuing sustainable and just futures"Ro Hill, CSIRO Queensland"Life-long scientist/activist for conservation governance, Indigenous peoples
and social-ecological sustainability"
Nadia Sitas, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)"Pursuing solidarity and social-ecological justice through science"Petina Pert, CSIRO Land and Water"Supporting indigenous land and sea management through participatory research"

Modelling carbon stock and carbon sequestration ecosystem services for policy design: a comprehensive approach using a dynamic vegetation model

Patricia Balvanera, Sandra Quijas, Alice Boit, Kirstin Thonicke, Margaret Skutsch, Margareth Simoes, Nataly Ascarrunz, Marielos Peña-Claros, Elena Lazos, Marisol Toledo, Lucieta G. Martorano, Rodrigo Ferraz, Eric Arets, Victor J. Jaramillo, Guillermo Murray-Tortarolo, Tuyeni Mwampamba
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