Theunis Piersma is a professor of Animal Ecology at the University of Groningen. He was a winner of the 2014 Spinoza Prize, also referred to as the ‘Dutch Nobel Prize’. In 2009, he was appointed a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research interests are habitat selection and distributional ecology, organismal design, marine biology, physiological behavioral, population and community ecology.
Zhijun Ma is a professor in the bird ecology research group at the School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, China. His research targets are bird living on China’s coastal wetlands, especially waterbirds and saltmarsh birds, focusing on habitat ecology, migration ecology, and conservation biology.
Michelle Wille is a researcher at the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia. She works to understand the ecology and evolution of viruses in shorebirds, which utilise a range of migratory strategies to disseminate viruses.
Kate Gorringe-Smith created the Overwintering Project: Mapping Sanctuary, an Australia and New-Zealand wide art project designed to engage people with their local migratory shorebirds and habitat. Kate, a practising artist with a background in zoology, worked on HANZAB and edited Wingspan magazine for BirdLife Australia.
Dr. Evgeny Syroechkovskiy was born to a family of biologists. After completing his studies in Biogeography at the Moscow State University, he dedicated his life to bird research and conservation in the Russian Arctic and on the Asian Flyways, emerging as one of Russia's leading Arctic ornithologists. Dr. Syroechkovskiy and his team have spent over 30 summers in the North mainly studying shorebirds and geese, in the last decades focussing work in Chukotka and Kamchatka. He has also spent considerable time surveying and building conservation partnerships in non-breeding grounds, especially along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. In the mid 1990s Dr. Syroechkovskiy supported the development of flyway cooperation in East Asia, which later became the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership and he now serves as the EAAFP country representative for the Russian Federation. In 2000, Dr. Syroechkovskiy, along with several colleagues, initiated conservation programmes on Spoon-billed Sandpiper and he currently chairs the International Task Force on the species under the EAAFP. Dr. Syroechkovskiy serves as an advisor to the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on bilateral and international conventions on migratory birds and supervises the Bird Section of the Russian State Commission for Red Data Book (national species protected list). Long connected to Arctic Council work, Dr. Syroechkovskiy served as the Chair of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) for the Russian Federation in 2011–13. Currently he chairs CAFF's Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI), a body, which is supporting migratory bird conservation using Arctic Council connections.