Governance Officers

Officers & Governing Board

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The Governing Board consists of seven members elected by the Council. The Governing Board is responsible for the daily affairs of the Association.

Governing Board: 2015-2019

Martin Diekmann

Vegetation Ecology and Conservation Biology
FB 2, University Bremen, Leobener Str.
28359 Bremen, Germany

I obtained my PhD at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and since 2001 have been a professor at the University of Bremen, Germany. I have been a member of IAVS already for 25 years, and after having served as Publications Officer of the association I was elected as President of IAVS in 2011. My main interests in vegetation science include vegetation-environment relationships, time-series analysis and conservation biology, with a particular focus on forest and grassland ecosystems. I like field work and being out also in my spare time, for example when mountain walking. A main goal of my work with IAVS is to contribute to make the association more attractive for young scientists.  

Susan Wiser

Landcare Research
P.O. Box 69040 
Lincoln, 7640 New Zealand 

I am a Senior Research Scientist at Landcare Research, New Zealand. My current research interests include ecoinformatics, the ecology of naturally rare ecosystems and classification of NZ vegetation. I have been a member of IAVS since 1994, served on the JVS editorial board (2000-2003), was an Associate Editor (2003-2007), served on the IAVS Awards Committee (2009-2011), served on the steering committee of IAVS Working Group on Ecoinformatics (2013-), and have been on the IAVS Council and served as the IAVS Secretary since 2011. Over the last term the IAVS Governing Board has made a major effort to streamline the administration of the society, as this consumed a lot of our time.  One of my goals for IAVS in future is to use this freed time to put more effort into encouraging involvement and an increased profile of women and early-career scientists in IAVS.

Alessandra Fidelis

Vice President
Universidade Estadual Paulista 
Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil

I obtained my Bachelor Degree at the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) and my Master’s and PhD at the Technische Universität München (Germany). Since 2011 I have been an Assistant Professor at the Departamento de Botânica, at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (Brazil). My research is focus on tropical savanna and grasslands, including seed and fire ecology, as well as biological invasions. I have been a member of IAVS since 2010, but I have been attending IAVS symposia since I was a graduate student. I am also the chair of the Global Sponsorship Committee since 2014.

Monika Janišová

Vice President
Institute of Botany
Slovak Academy of Sciences 
Ďumbierska 1
974 01 Banská Bystrica
Slovak Republic

I am a researcher at Institute of Botany of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, focusing mainly on grasslands (classification, diversity, management) and population biology of grassland species. I have been a member of IAVS since 1993; however, I started to attend its symposia just in 2007. Since 2008, I have served as one of the chairs of the European Dry Grassland Group (EDGG), which later became one of the IAVS working groups. My main task has been the preparation and design of the Bulletin of the EDGG. I co-organized the European Dry Grassland Meeting in 2010 (Smolenice, Slovakia) and the IAVS Post-symposium Excursion in 2015 (Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia). I am constantly impressed by the Earth’ vegetation and I feel very well in the company of vegetation scientists. That’s why I agreed to serve as one of the IAVS officers dealing mainly with preparation of IAVS Bulletin.

Pavel Krestov

Vice President
Botanical Garden-Institute, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences
Vladivostok, Russia

I love Asia and live in the Asian Russian city of Vladivostok currently working for the Botanical Garden-Institute of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  My research focuses on the vegetation within the temperate, boreal and arctic zones of North Hemisphere, including vegetation classification and history, biogeography and bioclimatology. My 10 years of service for IAVS strengthen my believe how it can be important to bring together local, but no less important vegetation studies on the international level. During the last term I served in the Vegetation Classification and Global sponsorship committees of IAVS. My major dream is the organization of active working group for East Asian vegetation and make one of the future IAVS meetings here, in Vladivostok.

Javier Loidi

Vice President
Dept. de Biología Vegetal & Ecología
Univ. del País Vasco, Leioa/Lejona, A.P. 644
ES-48080   BILBAO,  Spain

I obtained my PhD at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) in 1981 where I worked until 1988. That year I moved to the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, where I teach so far as Professor. My membership in IAVS started in 1976, when I spent a period in Germany with R. Tüxen as student, and I belong to the Council since the early nineties. My interest in vegetation sciences focuses in forest ecology, vegetation classification, influence of the climatic changes and biodiversity patterns in some particular environments as mountain ecosystems. My intention as regards the IAVS is to increase the attractiveness of our association to scientists, particularly to the younger ones and those original from underrepresented territories. I believe that IAVS should aspire to host all vegetation scientists of the world and to facilitate contacts and scientific relationships among them.

Peter Minchin 

Vice President
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Murphysboro, IL, USA

I was born in Hobart, capital of the island of Tasmania, which is one of the six states of Australia. Growing up surrounded by nature stimulated my interest in botany and ecology, which I studied at the University of Tasmania, obtaining a Ph.D. in plant community ecology in 1984. As a postdoc, the first international conference that I attended was the IAVS Working Group for Theoretical Vegetation Science, which was held in Uppsala in 1985.  I joined IAVS and became a regular attendee of conferences and field trips. I was invited to join the editorial board of Vegetatio and later was one of the first Associate Editors of the Journal of Vegetation Science. I met my future wife, Loretta Battaglia (who is a wetland ecologist), at the IAVS annual Symposium in Houston, Texas in 1995 and we married after I moved to the USA in 1998. I am now a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA. My research focuses on the development of robust multivariate techniques for data summarization, trend seeking and hypothesis testing, with applications in conservation and ecological restoration.  I teach ecology, biostatistics, and conservation biology. I was elected Chair of the IAVS North American Section in 2013 and elected to IAVS Council and the Governing Board in 2015. As Chair of the Publications Committee, I look forward to serving the interests of IAVS and its members. I am also co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2018 IAVS Symposium, which will be held in Bozeman, Montana, USA and includes field trips to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier National Parks.


Lisa Hetherington

Administrator, ex officio non-voting member
IAVS Business Office
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
United States of America


Past Officers

President: Martin Diekmann
Secretary: Susan Wiser
Vice President and Chair, Publications Committee:  Robert K. Peet
Vice President and Chair, Membership Committee: Michael Palmer
Vice President and Chair, Meetings Committee: Javier Loidi
Vice President: Valério Pillar
Vice President: Alicia Acosta

President: Robert K. Peet
Secretary: Ladislav Mucina
Vice President:  Martin Diekmann (Publications Officer)
Vice President: Joop Schaminée
Vice President: Valério Pillar
Vice President: Martin Zobel
Vice President: Javier Loidi

President:  Elgene O. Box
Secretary:  Joop H. J. Schaminée
Vice President:  Martin Diekmann (Publications Officer)
Vice President:  John S. Rodwell
Vice President:  Ladislav Mucina
Vice President:  Kazui Fujiwara
Vice President:  Javier Loidi

President:  Elgene O. Box
Secretary General:  Joop H. J. Schaminée
Treasurer:  Hartmut Dierschke
Vice President:  Eddy van der Maarel (Publications Officer)
Vice President:  Ladislav Mucina
Vice President:  Akira Miyawaki
Vice President:  Javier Loidi

President:  Elgene O. Box
Secretary:  Hartmut Dierschke
Editor:  Eddy van der Maarel
Vice President:  Akira Miyawaki
Vice President:  J.M. Géhu
Vice President:  Ladislav Mucina

President:  Sandro Pignatti
Secretary:  Hartmut Dierschke
Vice President: Elgene O.Box
Vice President: Eddy van der Maarel
Vice President: Akira Miyawaki
Vice President: J.M. Géhu

President:  Sandro Pignatti
Secretary:  Hartmut Dierschke
Vice President:  J.J. Barkman
Vice President:  Eddy van der Maarel
Vice President:  Akira Miyawaki
Vice President:  Robert Neuhäusl
Vice President:  J.M. Géhu
Vice President:  Victor Westhoff
Vice President:  T. Wojterski

President:  Heinz Ellenberg
Secretary:  Hartmut Dierschke
Treasurer:  E. Hübl
Editor: J.J. Barkman
Vice President: Akira Miyawaki
Vice President: J.M. Géhu
Vice President: T. Wojterski
Vice President: J.J. Moore
Vice President: Sandro Pignatti

Past Administrators

Michael Lee

Nina Smits

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