N. Aebischer has over 30 years’ experience in statistical, ecological and ornithological research. His research interests include animal population dynamics and avian ecology, particularly in relation to species of unfavourable conservation status and to exploited species. He graduated with a Mathematics degree from Lausanne University, Switzerland, and received a PhD in Mathematical Ecology at Durham University, UK. He is currently Deputy Director of Research at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, an independent UK conservation charity.

Beatriz ARROYO

B. Arroyo is a researcher at the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC) in Ciudad Real, Spain. Her research deals with relationship between the ecology and conservation of birds and the economic use of natural resources. This includes the relationship between hunting activities and the conservation of wildlife (including the effects of hunting management on non-game species), and between agricultural development and bird conservation (including effects of management of farmland pests that are also key prey of protected predators). Additionally, she is increasingly interested in assessment of cost-efficiency of conservation and management actions, as well as the evaluation of barriers preventing the implementation of scientific results into policy.


Elisabeth BRO

E. Bro is a Wildlife and Conservation Biologist at the French National Hunting and Wildlife Agency (ONCFS). She is the head of the team working on the grey partridge and ring-necked pheasants in cultivated farmlands. The grey partridge is her major study species. Her research focused on topics as diverse as population dynamics, species monitoring, hunting practices such as releases and habitat management, and farming practices. She recently got involved in terrestrial field ecotoxicology.
Most of her research articles can be downloaded at


J. Carroll is Professor and Director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska. He has worked on gamebirds for more than 30 years supervising almost 60 postgraduate students and has >150 publications. Most recently, he has been studying helmeted guineafowl in Botswana.


A. Decors is a veterinarian and an epidemiologist at the French National Hunting and Wildlife Agency (ONCFS). She is the scientist responsible of the National Network of Epidemiological Surveillance (SAGIR). The main area of epidemiological surveillance she is working on is generalist incident-based surveillance. The network she is coordinating integrates different health issues (environmental, economic, health and social issues) in different fields (microbiology, parasitology, ecotoxicology, etc.) and various species (birds and terrestrial mammals).


C. Eraud is the head of one of the two groups studying terrestrial migratory birds for the French National Hunting and Wildlife Agency (ONCFS). The main research interests of this group are currently focused on assessing population trends, estimating demographic traits and understanding how environmental factors shape population dynamics, habitat use or individual behaviour. Study models include both farmland species (e.g. Skylark, Common Quail...) and woodland species (Thrushes, Turtle dove, Jay...).


B. Homberger is an Animal Ecologist, Ornithologist and Conservation Biologist at the Swiss Ornithological Institute. He is very much interested in how animals use human altered habitats and how they cope with new threats such as increased predation or habitat fragmentation. He has been working with game species such as grey partridge or woodcock. In particular, he has been involved in a grey partridge reintroduction project in Switzerland in which survival, behaviour and physiology of birds of different origins were compared and recommendations for reintroduction were developed.


A. Meriggi is adjunct professor of ``Wildlife Management and Conservation``, Master course of Natural Science. His fields of research are: 1) wildlife management planning and conservation, 2) population dynamics and analysis of influencing factors, 3) ecological requirements and habitat preferences of birds and mammals, 4) modelling the population-habitat relationships and development of habitat suitability models, 5) coexistence and competition in sympatric populations of related species, 6) development and adaptation to local conditions of the wildlife census methods, 7) feeding behaviour of terrestrial predators and their influence on prey species populations, and 8) effects of agro-environmental schemes and habitat improvement actions on the fauna of agro-ecosystems. He studied Galliform, Lagomorph, Ungulate and Carnivore species.


M. Panek is a wildlife Biologist. He has been working in the Research Station of the Polish Hunting Association in Czempiń, western Poland, since 30 years. Therefore, the main subjects of his studies are game species, namely small game animals living in the agricultural landscape, that is grey partridges and brown hares, as well as their important predators, like red foxes. Moreover, another project of his includes monitoring game animals in the country.


M. Puigcerver has been a Doctor in Biological Sciences since 1991. He has been Senior Lecturer of the University of Barcelona since 1997. He has participated in 48 research projects and in 9 contracts with companies and administrations. He authored 120 publications (articles and books) and 124 communications presented to congresses. Currently, he is the Secretary General of the IUGB.


Rufus SAGE

R. Sage is Head of the Lowland Game and Wildlife Research Department at The GWCT and manages a small team of post doc researchers, seasonal contract staff or under/post graduate students. Rufus is interested in solving problems where game and other land management practices might affect wildlife habitat interests. He oversees the GWCT’s research on pheasants, particularly issues around releasing for shooting. Current projects include the impact of large scale pheasant releases on woodlands, improving the reared pheasant, and the effect of corvid control on farmland passerines.


J.E. Tillmann is a Conservation Ecologist at the DBU Natural Heritage GmbH in Germany. He conducted his master's research with CSIRO Wildlife & Ecology in Australia and received his Ph.D. from Kiel University conducting research on the nocturnal behavior of the Grey Partridge. Previous professional experience includes studies on habitat and population management of wildlife in human-dominated landscapes (farmland birds and mammals, European bison, red deer) at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover and Kiel University.
His professional interests are currently focused on conservation planning, and the use of spatially explicit wildlife monitoring data for supporting management decisions on conservation land.