Dr Salvador Herrando-Perez
I am a scientist with a strong interest in biomathematics to test hypotheses in population and community ecology. I hold a MPhil in marine ecology (1996) and a PhD in demography (2012). I have completed my first postdoc on ecophysiology (2015) and I am doing my second postdoc on megafauna palaeoecology (April 2018-2020). I have published 25 research papers, trained several hundred researchers through postgraduate lecturing of multivariate statistics, and described 4 species new to science. I have written >100 popular-science articles, do consultancy work and statistical programming in R, and have given scientific conferences at international congresses and for the general public. I have developed communication skills for science through story-telling performance, soccer coaching and 9 years of English academic tuition. My career was lapsed for 11 years due to civic work and parenting. My main talent is hard work and be meticulous about what I do, while I am driven by research excellence, continuous learning and team work. Being a generalist ecology, my overarching goals are to generate evidence-based data and knowledge to improve our understanding about processes driving ecological change, and to strengthen the connection of my research with society's challenges and wellbeing.
In my current contract with the University of Adelaide, I am constructing a database of high-quality radiocarbon dates of megafauna fossils from Eurasia and North America, developing a method for estimating extinction time using time series of radiocarbon dates, and surveying expert opinion about bone pretreatment prior to radiocarbon dating. Additionally, I am leading a theme section about the effects of climate change on biodiversity in a popular-science journal.