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   James W Vaupel
   Director of the Max-Planck Odense Center
   E: jvaupel@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 4082 

My main interest is understanding longevity across individuals, populations and species.

I have done research on why some individuals live longer than others; on the past, present and future of human life expectancy; on social consequences of longer lives; on aging in Hydra, worms, flies, primates and across the tree of life; and on the mathematics needed to understand age-patterns of mortality.

Research Cluster:
Age trajectories (Coordinator)
Forecasting (Coordinator)
Pace and Shape of Aging
Male-Female Cluster

 

   Kaare Christensen
   Professor
   E: kchristensen@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 3049

I have a background as a medical doctor and my research focus is on twins and the very old in order to shed light on the role of genes and environment in aging and longevity.

Furthermore, I have a longstanding interest in sex differences in health and survival as well as in the relation between early life events and later life health outcome. I am engaged in interdisciplinary aging research combining methods from epidemiology, genetics and demography.

Research Cluster:
Male-Female Cluster

 

   Donald E Canfield
   Professor
   E: dec@biology.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 2751

I use the study of modern microbes and microbial ecosystems to understand the evolution of Earth surface chemistry and biology through time.

 

   Annette Baudisch
   Professor WSR
   E: baudisch@biology.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 935

With an original background in mathematics, economics, and computer sciences, my main interest lies in developing theoretical models, concepts, and measures to study patterns of birth and death in humans and across species to gain a deeper understanding of what determines population dynamics and structure.

Research Cluster:
Pace and Shape of Aging (Coordinator)
Conservation Demography

 

   Hal Caswell
   Honorary Professor
   E: h.caswell@uva.nl

 

Population models based on matrices for plants, animals, and humans. The statistics of health and longevity: A dynamic analysis of prevalence data.

 

   James Oeppen
   Associate Professor
   E: joeppen@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 9360

My research is focussed on developing methods to analyse the past and future development of human mortality, from 1300 to 2050.  Historical analyses require methods for incomplete data. 

For the future, we are developing methods for coherent forecasts of population sub-groups, such as by region, or by cause of death.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting Cluster
Male-Female Cluster

 

   Rune Lindahl-Jacobsen
   Associate Professor - Deputy head for MaxO 
   E: rjacobsen@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 4314

I work in the field of epidemography in close collaboration with epidemiologists and demographers. My special interest is sex differences in mortality and health, examining reason why women outlive men, but in poorer health.

Research Cluster:
Male-Female Cluster (Coordinator)
Age trajectories
Conservation Demography

 

   Vladimir Canudas-Romo
   Associate Professor
   E: vcanudas@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 3393

 

I studied actuarial science/mathematics and population science, which triggered my interest on demographic methods and formal demography.
Mortality and longevity are at the core of my research, but I enjoy collaborating in a multidisciplinary setting where demography can also be embedded.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting Cluster(Deputy Coordinator)
 Age trajectories
Male-Female Cluster
Conservation Demography

 

   Fernando Colchero
   Associate Professor
   E: colchero@imada.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 2324

I am a statistical ecologists and modeler. My work focuses on developing statistical methods to understand how age, heterogeneity and environmental factors affect mortality and fetility in wild populations, and how these may determine age-specific demographic rates, ageing rates, and population growth.

Research Cluster:
Databases(Coordinator)
Conservation Demography
Pace and Shape of Aging

 

   Dalia Amor Conde
   Associate Professor
   E: dalia@biology.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 2704

I started the Conservation Demography Unit at MaxO in 2013.
I am interested on knowledge gaps for the management of threatened species. My work ranges from a variety of methods from disciplines such as Demography, Life History Theory; up to citizen science.

Research Cluster:
Conservation Demography (Coordinator)
Pace and Shape of Aging

 

   Johan Dahlgren
   Associate Professor
   E: dahlgren@biology.sdu.dk
   T: +45 6550 2773

 

I am an ecologist specialized in plant demography. I work with assessing and interpreting age trajectories of demographic rates; elucidating how plants ”age” and whether ages of individuals should be accounted for in population projections.
I am also interested in how the environment drives plant demography and population dynamics.

Research Cluster:
Conservation Demography
Pace and Shape of Aging
Male-Female Cluster
Databases

 

   Owen R Jones
   Associate Professor
   E: jones@biology.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 2791

 
I have a background in ecology and evolutionary biology. My research focusses on understanding the diversity of demographic behaviour in species across the tree of life and in different environments.

Research Cluster:
Conservation Demography
Pace and Shape of Aging
Databases

 

   Ulrich Steiner
   Associate Professor
   E: usteiner@biology.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 2753

 
As an evolutionary biologist and biodemographer I develop theories and methods to understand dynamics in age-and-stage-structured populations. These theories and methods are then tested using a high throughput, cutting edge, microfluidic single bacteria cell device.
In doing so, we quantify influences of stochastic events, genetic differences, and environmental change at the individual level and their scaling to population level evolutionary and ecological population dynamics.

Research Cluster:
Age Trajectories
Pace and Shape of Aging
Conservation Demography

 

   Adam Lenart
   Assistant Professor
   E: alenart@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 3608

My research focuses on the application of mathematical and statistical theory to modeling population processes.
I am also interested in developing new methodologies to pivotal demographic topics such as  population projections.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting Cluster
Databases

 

   Maarten Jan Wensink
   Assistant Professor
   E: mwensink@health.sdu.dk
   T: +45 6550 9480

As a medical doctor with a PhD in demography I try to unravel the mysteries of ageing and cancer by bringing together medical knowledge and quantitative methods.
Also, I have an interest in the application of demographic methods in medical research.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting Cluster

 

   Virginia Zarulli
   Assistant Professor
   E: vzarulli@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 4087

I am demographer with a original background in political and social science. I am interested in differential survival among human populations and subgroups such as social classes, smokers and non smokers, populations in extreme and normal conditions, the development of senescence over time and patterns of healthy life expectancy.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting Cluster
Male-Female Cluster

 

   Mikael Thinggaard
   Assistant Professor
   E: mthinggaard@health.sdu.dk
   T: +45 6550 3854

With an original background in mathematics, statistics and further development in the field of epidemiology, my main interest lies in aging research and to apply statistical methods making less biased inference on how reductions in mortality in the middle aged influence health and mortality in old age.

Research Cluster:
Databases
Forecasting Cluster

 

   Linda Juel Ahrenfeldt
   Postdoc
   E: lahrenfeldt@health.sdu.dk
   T: +45 6550 3844

Research Cluster:
Age Trajectories
Male-Female Cluster

 

   Julia Barthold
   Postdoc
   E: jabarthold@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 9476

 
I am an evolutionary demographer with a background in quantitative ecology, sociobiology and human demography.
Currently, I am a postdoc at the Department of Public Health/MaxO. Here, my research focuses on the demographic underpinnings of the evolution of sociality and long life spans in humans and non-human vertebrates.

Research Cluster:
Male-Female Cluster
Pace and Shape of Aging 
Databases

 

   Lionel Jouvet
   Postdoc
   E: lionel@biology.sdu.dk
   T: +45 6550 8412

 

My experience comes from both academia and industry. My expertise covers ecology, immunology and biomedical engineering.
In Max O, I successfully developed and streamlined a state of the art technology (microfluidics, fluorescence microscopy, images analysis, large data set management and analysis) to study the demographic parameters of bacterial population at the individual level.

Research Cluster:
Age Trajectories

 

   Iain Stott
   Postdoc
   E: stott@biology.sdu.dk
   T: +45 6550 8792

My primary interests involve how environmental disturbances to population structure influence population dynamics and life-history evolution.
Ecological systems are structured, with interacting components: examples include populations of interacting individuals, or communities of interacting populations. I use mathematical models describing these systems to project future changes in their structure and function.

Research Cluster:
Pace and Shape of Aging 

 

   Marie-Pier Bergeron Boucher
   Postdoc
   E: mpbergeron@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 3399

Coming from a background in demography, my research interests include the study of human mortality, longevity and ageing, with a particular interest in exploring new demographic methods to help understand and forecast population health and mortality in industrialized societies.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting Cluster
Male-Female Cluster
Pace and Shape of Aging


   Marius Pascariu
   PhD Student
   E: mpascariu@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 7198 

I am a PhD research fellow with particular interests in life expectancy forecasting, stochastic mortality modeling and longevity risk assessment. Prior to enrolling at SDU, he participated in the European Doctoral School of Demography programme. He holds a master’s degree in cybernetics and quantitative economics from Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting Cluster

 

   Danielle Alana Sherman
   PhD Student
   E: sherman@biology.sdu.dk

 
My areas of research are evolutionary ecology and biology with a particular focus on life-history trade-offs and how they relate to species demography. Prior work includes spending time working in data management and analysis within the ecology sector and completing my MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation.

 

   Johanna Stärk
   PhD Student
   E: johannas@biology.sdu.dk



I am a conservation demographer interested in finding innovative methods to manage and conserve species at risk of extinction. I use data from captive populations to fill up demographic knowledge gaps to improve forecasting of population dynamics of threatened populations in the wild.

Research Cluster:
Conservation Demography

 

   Ana Rita Pereira da Silva
  
PhD Student
   E: silva@biology.sdu.dk
   T: +45 6550 8691

 Research Cluster:
 Conservation Demography

 

   Francisco Villavicencio
   PhD Student
   E: fvillavicensio@health.sdu.dk


With a background in mathematics and geography, I am currently working on my PhD dissertation which focuses on the development of Bayesian methods to estimate mortality from demographic data with missing information or incomplete records. I am also interested in agent-based modeling and formal demography.

Research Cluster:
Databases

 

   José Manuel Aburto
   PhD Student
   E: jmaburto@health.sdu.dk

 
My main research focusses on the relationship between life expectancy and lifespan equality. I investigate how tight the relationship between these indicators is in the long term, under atypical patterns of mortality and explore female-differences. I am interested in developing methods to better understand the relationship between life expectancy and lifespan equality and more accurately analyze them.

 

   Emil Nørmark Sørensen
   PhD Student
   E: emns@sam.sdu.dk

 

 

   Gesa Römer
   PhD student
   E: gesa@biology.sdu.dk

 

My research interest is the variation of demographic traits of species across the Tree of Life.
Using matrix population and integral projection models (MPMs and IPMs) I will try to get a better understanding about the extent to which demographic variation is determined by the environment vs. evolutionary relationships.

 

   Heide Maria Baden
   PhD student
   E: mariabaden@biology.sdu.dk

 

With a background in geography and plant taxonomy, my research interests span plant geography, community ecology and biodiversity conservation. I explore the interplay between demographic and environmental parameters that influence distribution and population density to better predict population stability, e.g., for nature restoration projects or species threatened with extinction.

Research Cluster:
Conservation Demography
Age Trajectories

 

   Søren Kjærgaard
   PhD student
   E: skjaergaard@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 9512

I have a background in economics and demography. My research focusses on understanding human mortality in order to develop more accurate mortality forecasts and better assessment of longevity risk.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting
Male-Female Cluster

 

   Anthony Medford
   PhD student
   E: amedford@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 7610

My main interest currently are in the application of methods from Extreme Value Theory and related statistical techniques  to gain deeper insights  into mortality at the highest ages and into the longest lifespans.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting

 

   Silvia Rizzi
   PhD student
   E: srizzi@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 9479

My main research focusses on the application of statistical methods in demography, biodemography and epidemiology to estimate detailed distributions from coarsely grouped data. An example is the reconstruction of age-at-death distributions when data are gathered in wide age categories, at high ages especially.

Research Cluster:
Male-Female Cluster
Databases

 

   Jonas Schöley
   PhD student
   E: jschoeley@health.sdu.dk
   P: 6550 4833

As a demographer specialized in mortality, data visualization and scientific computing I study the phenomenon of ontogenescence – the mortality decline in utero and in young ages. Informed by millions of individual data points I build models to further our understanding of human mortality prior to maturity.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting
Male-Female Cluster
Conservation Demography

 

   Catalina Torres
   PhD student
   E: ctorres@health.sdu.dk
   P: +45 6550 4346

 

After my studies in demography and anthropology, I continued my research career by focusing on the analysis of demographic behaviours in historical populations. With a particular interest in mortality, the aim of my research is to gain understanding of population dynamics in the past, by applying innovative methods to historical data.

Research Cluster:
Forecasting

 

   Ugofilippo Basellini
   PhD student
   E: ubasellini@health.sdu.dk  


           

My main research interest is the development of novel statistical methods to analyze, model and forecast mortality, with a special focus on age-at-death distributions. I am also interested in the relationship between life expectancy and lifespan equality, and in the framework of pace and shape of aging.

Research cluster:
Forecasting

           

   Camilla Riis Nielsen
   Research Assistant
   E: crnielsen@health.sdu.dk

 

With a background in Public Health Science, I am especially interested in the public health implications of aging.

My research interest particularly lies in addressing the issue of whether the increase in human life expectancy is associated with a compression or an expansion of morbidity and disability.

 

Marcus Ebeling   Marcus Ebeling
   Guest Researcher
   E: ebeling@demogr.mpg.de

 
My research focuses on the methodological part of mortality analysis. I am interested in developing new methods and perspectives to disentangle the determinants of mortality.

Research Cluster:
Pace and Shape of Aging

 

   Mikkel Bruun Jensen
   Master Student

 

With a background as an enrolled Public Health Master student, I am currently doing a Pregraduate research year in collaboration with MaxO, with the project title "The Education Composition’s Effect on Life Expectancy".

Research Cluster:
Forecasting
Male-Female Cluster

 

 

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