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Published: Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:20
PAGES welcomes Willy Tinner as the new co-chair of the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC).
Tinner is a Professor at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR) and the Head of Paleoecology at the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
He is a leading ecologist and environmental scientist, specializing in terrestrial paleoecology, with a focus on fire history and past climate-change impacts on vegetation and land use. Recently he became interested in using paleo-validated dynamic models to anticipate future vegetation changes, predominantly in the Mediterranean and Alp regions, and now leads several projects focusing on charcoal/fire and pollen/vegetation, studying the long-term interactions among climate, the biosphere and society.
His first term with PAGES began on 1 January this year.
“I’m most excited to be with PAGES,” Tinner said. “It’s a very good occasion to work for an organization of people interested in applying paleo records to get insights into the future. It reflects my way of doing science. In the past five to 10 years, I have moved to looking at the past to solve the future. That’s my main motivation. To focus on the past for the benefit of the present and future is most exciting.”
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