Guillermo Martinez Pastur | Forest management | Lifetime achievement Award

Dr Guillermo Martinez Pastur | Forest management | Lifetime achievement Award

Investigador Principal at  CONICET Argentina, Argentina

Guillermo José Martínez Pastur is a renowned researcher specializing in silviculture, forest management, biodiversity conservation, and landscape ecology. Born on October 31, 1965, in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, he holds a Ph.D. and has been actively contributing to the field since 1999. Martínez Pastur has held positions at prestigious institutions such as CONICET and has served as an agent for the Directorate of Forests of Tierra del Fuego. With a focus on ecosystem services, he has made significant contributions to academia, as evidenced by his publications and citations. Currently based in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Martínez Pastur continues his research at CADIC while also engaging in various collaborative projects.

Publication Profile:🌟👨‍🎓

🎓 Education:

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering from the National University of La Plata (UNLP), followed by a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences from the National University of the South (UNSur).

👨‍💼 Professional Journey:

Martínez Pastur’s professional journey has been marked by his roles as a researcher at CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council) and various positions within the forestry sector, including the Directorate of Forests of Tierra del Fuego.

📚 Expertise:

His expertise spans silviculture, forest management, biodiversity conservation, landscape ecology, and ecosystem services, reflected in his numerous publications and research projects.


🌱 Research Focus: Forest management

🌲 Silviculture and Forest Management: Martínez Pastur’s expertise lies in the cultivation and management of forests, including techniques for enhancing forest health, productivity, and resilience to environmental challenges. 🌿 Biodiversity Conservation: He investigates strategies for preserving and enhancing biodiversity within forest ecosystems, recognizing the vital role of diverse flora and fauna in ecosystem stability and resilience. 🌍 Ecology of Landscapes: Martínez Pastur explores the intricate relationships between land use, landscape structure, and ecological processes, aiming to inform landscape-level management decisions for maximizing ecological integrity.🔄 Ecosystem Services: His research delves into the provisioning, regulating, supporting, and cultural services provided by forests, aiming to quantify and optimize these services for human well-being and environmental sustainability.


  • Citations (Since 2019): 5139
  • h-index (Since 2019): 31
  • i10-index (Since 2019): 136


Publications Top Notes:

  1. Gustafsson, L., Baker, S.C., Bauhus, J., Beese, W.J., Brodie, A., Kouki, J., … Martínez Pastur, G. (2012). Retention forestry to maintain multifunctional forests: a world perspective. BioScience, 62(7), 633-645. (Citations: 894)
  2. Lindenmayer, D.B., Franklin, J.F., Lõhmus, A., Baker, S.C., Bauhus, J., Beese, W., … Martínez Pastur, G. (2012). A major shift to the retention approach for forestry can help resolve some global forest sustainability issues. Conservation letters, 5(6), 421-431. (Citations: 452)
  3. Martínez Pastur, G., Peri, P.L., Lencinas, M.V., García-Llorente, M., & others. (2016). Spatial patterns of cultural ecosystem services provision in Southern Patagonia. Landscape ecology, 31, 383-399. (Citations: 247)
  4. Anderson, C.B., Pastur, G.M., Lencinas, M.V., Wallem, P.K., Moorman, M.C., & others. (2009). Do introduced North American beavers Castor canadensis engineer differently in southern South America? An overview with implications for restoration. Mammal Review, 39(1), 33-52. (Citations: 179)

Youssef Bencharki | Farming | Young Scientist Award

Dr Youssef Bencharki |  Farming |  Young Scientist Award

Research at  International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Morocco

Youssef Bencharki is a dedicated researcher specializing in agricultural biodiversity and crop improvement. With a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Mons/Belgium, he has extensive experience in the field, particularly focusing on the Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP) approach. His multidisciplinary expertise spans socio-economics, agronomy, and entomology.

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📚 Education:

PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Mons/Belgium (2019-2024). Master’s degree in Agro Resources, Plant Biotechnology, and Environmental Science from the University Chouaib Doukkali, El Jadida (2013-2015). Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science and Environment from the University Hassan I, Khouribga (2012-2013). Diploma of General University Studies in Plant Science from the University Hassan I, Khouribga (2010-2012). Baccalaureate in Experimental Sciences from Othman Ben Affan High School, Berrechid (2010)

🔬 Professional Experience:

Senior Research Assistant at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), focusing on the Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP) approach. Consultant in the Genetic Resources section at ICARDA, specializing in phenotypic characterization and seed viability testing. Short-term appointments at Pasteur Institute Casablanca and Dairy Center El Jadida, gaining experience in food quality control and microbiological analysis.

🌍 Academic and Professional Contributions:

Conducted pioneering research on the impact of FAP approach on various crops and ecosystems, contributing to multiple scientific publications. Developed brochures and manuals to disseminate knowledge on FAP approach, aiming to benefit farmers and enhance agricultural sustainability. Played a key role in training farmers and agricultural stakeholders in sustainable practices and biodiversity conservation. Demonstrated expertise in experimental design, data analysis, and socio-economic assessments related to agricultural projects

🔬 Research Focus: Farming

Youssef Bencharki’s research is primarily centered around innovative farming methodologies aimed at enhancing agricultural sustainability and biodiversity conservation. His focus lies in the implementation and evaluation of the Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP) approach, which encompasses multidisciplinary studies blending socio-economics, agronomy, and entomology.

Through his extensive academic journey and professional experience, Youssef has delved deep into understanding the intricate relationships between pollinators, crops, and the environment.


Publications Top Notes:

  1. Sentil, A., Lhomme, P., Reverté, S., …, Ssymank, A., Christmann, S. (2024). “The pollinator conservation approach ‘Farming with Alternative Pollinators’: Success and drivers.” Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 369, 109029.
  2. Bencharki, Y., Michez, D., Ihsane, O., …, Rasmont, P., Christmann, S. (2024). “‘Farming with alternative pollinators’ provides benefits also in large-scale fields.” Acta Oecologica, 122, 103978.
  3. Bencharki, Y., Christmann, S., Lhomme, P., …, Rasmont, P., Michez, D. (2023). “‘Farming with alternative pollinators’ approach supports diverse and abundant pollinator community in melon fields in a semi-arid landscape.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 38, e6.
  4. Sentil, A., Reverté, S., Lhomme, P., …, Christmann, S., Michez, D. (2022). “Wild vegetation and ‘farming with alternative pollinators’ approach support pollinator diversity in farmland.” Journal of Applied Entomology, 146(9), pp. 1155–1168.
  5. El Abdouni, I., Lhomme, P., Christmann, S., …, Rasmont, P., Michez, D. (2022). “Diversity and Relative Abundance of Insect Pollinators in Moroccan Agroecosystems.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10, 866581.
  6. Sentil, A., Wood, T.J., Lhomme, P., …, Christmann, S., Michez, D. (2022). “Impact of the ‘Farming With Alternative Pollinators’ Approach on Crop Pollinator Pollen Diet.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10, 824474.
  7. Christmann, S., Bencharki, Y., Anougmar, S., …, Tsivelikas, A., Aw-Hassan, A. (2021). “‘Farming with Alternative Pollinators’ benefits pollinators, natural enemies, and yields, and offers transformative change to agriculture.” Scientific Reports, 11(1), 18206.


David Tavi Agbor | Agroecology | Young Scientist Award

Mr David Tavi Agbor | Agroecology | Young Scientist Award

M.Sc graduate and adjunct lecturer at  Catholic University Institute Buea Cameroon

David Tavi Agbor is a Cameroonian soil scientist with a diverse academic background spanning multiple continents. He holds an M.Sc. in Soil Science from the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Program, complemented by degrees in Agronomy from the University of Buea, Cameroon. Throughout his academic journey, David has maintained an impressive GPA, reflecting his commitment to excellence.

Publication Profile:🌟👨‍🎓

🎓 Education:

  • M.Sc. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Soil Science (Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, and Jordan)
  • M.Sc. Agronomy (Crop Production) – University of Buea, Cameroon
  • B.Sc. Agriculture (Agronomy) – University of Buea, Cameroon

🔬 Research Interests:

  • Plant-Soil interactions, Plant-Microbes interactions
  • Agroecology, Agronomy, Soil Science
  • Ecosystem modeling, remote sensing, and land use/land cover change
  • Forest Ecology and Sustainable Forest

💼 Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Lecturer at Catholic University Institute Buea, Cameroon
  • Cofounder and Team Leader at Global Youth Connect for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Junior Soil Scientist Researcher at ekolive company, Slovakia
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department of Agronomic and Applied Molecular Science

🏆 Awards & Grants:

  • Winner of various grants including EJP SOIL Access to Infrastructure Call, Stimulus Fund Grant, Erasmus+ Scholarship, and more
  • Recipient of academic excellence awards

🛠️ Skills:

  • Proficient in languages: English (Fluent), French (Elementary)
  • Experienced in GIS, remote sensing, data analysis, and soil analysis techniques

🔬 Research Focus:

David Tavi Agbor’s research focus primarily revolves around sustainable agricultural practices and crop production enhancement 🌾. He investigates various aspects including intercropping techniques for pest management and yield improvement, as evidenced by his work on maize-legume intercropping with botanical Piper. Additionally, his studies delve into the adaptability of crop cultivars, such as okra, and explore innovative methods like vegetative propagation of tomato hybrids. Agbor also contributes to understanding soil dynamics and land use changes through techniques like GIS and remote sensing. Overall, his research endeavors contribute significantly to sustainable farming practices and ecosystem management 🌱.

Publications Top Notes:

  1. Maize-legume Intercropping and Botanical Piper Mitigating Effect on Pest Populations while Enhancing the Yield of Maize Authors: Agbor, D.T., Eboh, K.S., Sama, D.K., Tanyi, G.T., Nkongho, R.N. Published in: Journal of Natural Pesticide Research, 2023, 6, 100060Abstract: This study explores the synergistic effects of maize-legume intercropping and the application of botanical Piper in mitigating pest populations while simultaneously enhancing maize yields.
  2. Vegetative Propagation of F1 Tomato Hybrid (Solanum lycopersicum L.) Using Different Rooting Media and Stem-nodal Cuttings Authors: Nkongho, R.N., Ndam, L.M., Akoneh, N.N., Ojongakpa, O.T., Ngone, A.M. Published in: Journal of Agriculture and Food Research, 2023, 11, 100470Abstract: Investigates various methods of vegetative propagation for F1 tomato hybrid, assessing the efficacy of different rooting media and stem-nodal cuttings.
  3. Seed Production System and Adaptability of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L.) Cultivars in Buea, Cameroon Authors: Nkongho, R.N., Efouba-Mbong, J.T., Ndam, L.M., Etchu-Takang, E.G., Agbor, D.T. Published in: PLoS ONE, 2022, 17(12 October), e0278771Abstract: Explores the seed production system and adaptability of various okra cultivars in the Buea region of Cameroon.

Pei Qin | Plant Ecology | Best Researcher Award

Prof Pei Qin |  Plant Ecology   | Best Researcher Award

School of Life Sciences at  Nanjing University, China

Pei Qin is a distinguished Professor of Ecology at Nanjing University, born in Yixing, Jiangsu, China, on September 6, 1946. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Botany from Nanjing University in 1969 and later pursued a Master’s in Ecology in 1981.


Publication Profile:🌟👨‍🎓

🎓 Education:

  • Nanjing Univ, BS (Botany), 1969
  • Nanjing Univ, MS (Ecology), 1981

👨‍🏫 Professional Experience:

  • Instr. Biol., Hunan Lingling Normal School, 1970-1979
  • Instr. Ecol., Nanjing Univ., 1981-1985
  • Assis. prof. Ecol., Nanjing Univ., 1986-1987
  • Assoc. prof. Ecol., Nanjing Univ., 1988-1996
  • PROFESSOR of ECOLOGY, Nanjing Univ., 1996-

🌐 Memberships:

  • Vice Chairman of Ecol. Soc., China
  • Vice Chairman of Marine Biotech. Committee, China
  • Council member, International Society for the Advancement of Emergy Research (ISAER)
  • International Ecological Engineering Soc.
  • Halophyte Biotechnology Center, University of Delaware, USA

👩‍🔬 Research Focus:

Pei Qin’s research spans diverse ecological domains, focusing on coastal systems, plant ecology, and ecological engineering. 🌱 His early work delves into the environmental purification effects of Spartina anglica, emphasizing mercury absorption. Qin later explored metal distribution in Luoyuan Estuary’s salt marsh and delved into trace elements in seawater and biomineral water. 🌊 His studies extend to biomineral water’s characteristics and the impact of salt marsh plant extracts on yeast fermentation. Notably, Qin evaluates the ecological and economic benefits of Spartina alterniflora plantations and pioneers Spartina-based green food ecological engineering. His work encompasses wetland creation for waterfowl conservation and coastal vegetation strategies. 🏞️


The individual in question has an impressive academic impact, with a total of 3,486 citations across 2,930 documents. This accomplishment is reflected in their h-index of 34, demonstrating a significant and sustained influence in their field. 📚 The person’s work has been cited in 180 documents, highlighting widespread recognition and contribution to scholarly literature. This substantial citation count indicates a substantial and enduring impact on the academic community. 🌐 The h-index, a quantitative measure of both productivity and citation impact, further underscores the individual’s substantial and enduring contributions to their field.


Publications Top Notes:

  1. Title: The role of mitochondrial DNA copy number in cardiometabolic disease: a bidirectional two-sample Mendelian randomization study
    • Authors: Qin, P., Qin, T., Liang, L., … Zhang, M., Hu, D.
    • Journal: Cardiovascular Diabetology, 2024, 23(1), 45
  2. Title: Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus and Metabolic Syndrome
    • Authors: Huang, C., Chen, L., Li, J., … Hu, D., Qin, P.
    • Journal: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2023, 109(1), pp. e406–e417
  3. Title: All-cause mortality risk with different metabolic abdominal obesity phenotypes: The Rural Chinese Cohort Study
    • Authors: Zhou, Q., Han, M., Qie, R., … Sun, X., Hu, D.
    • Journal: British Journal of Nutrition, 2023, 130(9), pp. 1637–1644
  4. Title: Burden of stroke attributable to high ambient temperature from 1990 to 2019: A global analysis
    • Authors: Bo, Y., Zhu, Y., Lu, R., … Chen, S., Qin, P.
    • Journal: International Journal of Stroke, 2023, 18(9), pp. 1121–1131
  5. Title: The Association Between Eye Disease and Incidence of Dementia: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    • Authors: Feng, J., Huang, C., Liang, L., … Huang, S., Qin, P.
    • Journal: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2023, 24(9), pp. 1363–1373.e6
  6. Title: Low-carbohydrate diet and risk of cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular and all-cause mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies
    • Authors: Qin, P., Suo, X., Chen, S., … Hu, D., Bo, Y.
    • Journal: Food and Function, 2023, 14(19), pp. 8678–8691