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Name & Contact DetailsOrganisationResearch areas of interestExperience of Mentoring & Supervision

Andres M. Perez

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Research Group

Center for Animal Health and Food Safety

College of Veterinary Medicine

University of Minnesota


Epidemiology, Food animals, Policy, Data analysis, International medicine

The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) improves global animal health, food safety, and public health by building veterinary public health capacity, providing fact sheets and policy summaries, facilitating collaborative research, responding to emerging foreign animal diseases, and delivering relevant outreach. CAHFS is one of five World Animal Health Organization (OIE)-designated collaborating centers for capacity building of veterinary services worldwide. Creating and facilitating strong working relationships among food systems professionals and organizations, governmental entities, and academia is at the core of CAHFS. CAHFS believes an interdisciplinary approach is required to successfully address food safety issues drawing upon the knowledge, skills, and vision of all those involved.

Research area of interest for application:

The applicant will have an opportunity to work on quantitative analysis of epidemiological data (spatial analysis, risk analysis, modeling), mostly focused on food animal systems, with an application to capacity building of veterinary services in the U.S. and internationally.

Chair of the scientific committee of GEOVET in Sydney, Australia, 2010, and Valdivia, Chile, 2016, and member of the scientific committee of GEOVET in London, UK, 2013. 

President of the Ibero-American Society of Preventive Medicine and Veterinary Epidemiology (SIEVPM) and co-chair of the SIEPM meeting in Merida, Mexico (2010) and chair of the scientific committee of the SIEVPM meeting in Buenos Aires (2014).

Director of an OIE collaborating center on capacity building (CAHFS, Minnesota) and former director of an FAO reference center in veterinary epidemiology (CADMS, UC Davis).

Collaborating scientist/advisor to the USDA/ARS Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit at the Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center and for the Argentine Animal Health Service.

Led a number of educational activities (teaching courses, workshops, leading consultancies) on quantitative epidemiology (modeling, spatial analysis, risk analysis) in Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, India, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, Spain, South Africa, the UK, the US, Uganda, Uruguay, and Tajikistan. 

Supervised more than 30 graduate students in the field of animal health and food safety.

Chief editor of the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science and member of the editorial board of a number of scientific journals.

Peter Demeyer

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Environmental Technology Group Leader at ILVO

Technology and Food Science - Agricultural Engineering Department,

FILVO - landers Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food



Environmental technology, livestock emissions, indoor air quality, ventilation techniques, energy efficiency, policy support

The Environmental Technology research group works in the field of characterizing, evaluating and reducing the environmental impact of agricultural production techniques. The main activity of this research group is to develop measuring and research techniques in order to optimize existing and new production techniques. The focus is on reducing air emissions in barn systems (source-oriented and end-of-pipe) and also on the rational use of energy in greenhouse horticulture.

Research area of interest for application:

  • measuring indoor air quality (mainly gas and fine dust concentrations) and emissions at mechanically (pigs, chickens) and naturally (cattle) ventilated animal housing systems;
  • testing techniques with potential reduced environmental impact, on a lab scale, in scaled test setups and under practical conditions;
  • developing mathematical and mechanistic models for the characterization of emission processes and air flows (including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applications); Our work aims to support policy makers, SMEs and farmers.

Currently, Dr. Demeyer research team consists of 10 people of which 6 postdocs. I am co-promotor of 8 finished and 3 ongoing PhDs.

Jarissa Maselyne

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Publication Overview

Precision Pig Farming Team Leader at ILVO

Technology and Food Science - Agricultural Engineering Precision Livestock Farming Department

ILVO - Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


Precision livestock farming, precision pig farming, like for example internet of things, RFID, localization

Jarissa Maselyne, PhD MSc, is an electromechanical engineer with a PhD on 'Automated monitoring of feeding and drinking patterns in growing-finishing pigs: towards a warning system for performance, health and welfare in individual pigs'. She is working as a researcher in the group of Agricultural Engineering, with her main focus on Precision Pig Farming and IoT activities. She is also vice-president of the Precision Livestock Farming committee at EAAP. In the domain of Agricultural Engineering at ILVO we develop innovative animal and environment-friendly agricultural systems with solid expertise in precision livestock farming, emissions, energy use, spray application techniques, and fertilizer spreaders. We integrate these novelties into innovative production systems for local and international projects (for example H2020 projects). We combine technical competence with mathematical and IT-based methods. We build prototypes and develop experimental setups in our own workshop. We have extensive experience in the development of technical solutions in the domains of both agriculture and fisheries. We also give advice for new practices and technology on farms and for SMEs. In the topic of precision pig farming a lot of work has been put in monitoring of behavior, lameness and illness of individual pigs and sows (SowSIS, PigWise, IoF2020, several PhDs, etc.) the last couple of years.

Dr. Maselyne is supervisor of 4 people at the moment (BSc, MSc, PhD, post-doc). She is coordinating the activities of ILVO at the IoF2020 project (iof2020.eu) and has experience in supervising bachelor and master thesis students and PhD students. She has been involved in several projects, from proposal writing till execution and supervision.

Joana Falcon Salles

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Twitter: @SallesFalcao



Department of Microbial (Community) Ecology

Centre for Life Sciences

University of Groningen

The Netherlands

Microbial community ecology, invasion ecology, functional diversity, soil microbiology, metagenomics, microbiome

In my group we use ecological and evolutionary theory to unravel the causes and the consequences of free-living and host-associated microbial communities. On the one hand we are interested in understanding how microbiomes are formed (causes of microbial diversity) and what processes (stochastic determinism) and mechanisms (selection though competition or environmental filtering, dispersal, drift, speciation) lead to the development of microbial communities. On the other hand I am interested in determining what are the consequences of this microbial diversity for the functioning of the environment the microbiome is associated with – being that a host or a soil – and understanding the mechanisms determining the diversity effect. We address these topics in a range of environments (agricultural soil, salt marshes soils) and hosts (plants, arthropods, birds, mice and humans), by combining experimental procedures (field, microcosm, mesocosm, manipulative experiments), modelling, microbiological and molecular techniques, metagenomic and bioinfomatic approaches.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Host-Microbiome interactions
  • Biological control
  • Soil microbiome
  • Metagenomics

Dr Salles has extensive experience of supervision. Currently, Dr Salles is the supervisor of 9 X PhDs as main supervisor; 2 X PhDs as co-supervisor; 2 X Guest PhDs from China; 5 X current & former Postdocs. She has supervised 9 X PhDs to completion and also supervised several master and bachlor students.

Joan Garcia

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UPC Researcher

GEMMA-Group of Environmental Engineering and Microbiology

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech

Barcelona, Spain

Agricultural drainage waters, eutrophication, N and P biogeochemistry, Pesticides, Ecological engineering, High performance computation

The GEMMA-Group of Environmental Engineering and Microbiology Group is dedicated to interdisciplinary research, innovation, knowledge transfer and education in environmental engineering; particularly in the fields of environmental biotechnology, water supply, wastewater and solid waste treatment, and bioenergy generation.

Research area of interest for application:

Eutrophication is a widespread global scale pollution problem. Agricultural areas are generally the main contributors to eutrophication. Agricultural runoff is a type of non-point pollution characterized by high and fluctuating flows in space and time, and relatively low concentrations of pollutants (in comparison to other wastes and wastewaters). Especially for these intrinsic properties, remediation of these agricultural waters cannot be conducted with the usual environmental engineering solutions, and in this context ecological engineering approaches such as constructed wetlands are much more suitable. Constructed wetlands provide large hydraulic retention times, and a number of differentiated compartments giving place to multiple microenvironments, where multitude of processes can interact among them for the benefit of water quality improvement. However, their hydraulic design and functioning is not trivial and, in many cases reported in literature, the systems perform in suboptimal conditions reducing their predicted capacities.

The aim of our research is to circumvent these limitations with novel experimental and data acquisition methods applied to wetland ecology and biogeochemistry to get insight into interactions between compartments. Novel knowledge will be consistently integrated in a modelling strategy using a time-space-dependent mathematical simulation platform (COMSOL Multiphysics). High performance computation facilities of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center will be used. Such integrated framework has not been tackled before, and may constitute a revolutionary advance over current research efforts on wetland’s biogeochemical flows. This research will represent a paradigm how fundamentals can couple with Ecological Engineering practices for environmental and economy benefit.

Dr. Joan García has an experience of more than 25 years supervising PhD and Postdocs. His team in Barcelona is currently having 4 Postdocs, which work in a highly collaborative environment.