Wolfgang J. Junk is retired leader of the Working Group of Tropical Ecology at Max Planck-Institute for Limnology, Plön, Germany, where he was since 1980, and is now scientific coordinator of the National Institute for Science and Technology in Wetlands (INCT-INAU), Cuiabá, Brazil, and a visiting professor at State University of Manaus (UEA) and Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, Brazil. He is also a professor at the University of Hamburg, Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), Cuiabá, and Federal Universityof Amazonas / INPA, Manaus.
Professor Junk is an expert in ecology and sustainable management of floodplains and land-water interactions, and has a long distinguished career of research in the Amazon River and Pantanal Basins in South America. He has supervised about 35 M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses on floodplain ecology and fish biology at German and Brazilian universities and has written over 260 publications on ecology and sustainable management of floodplains and land-water interactions, including seminal works on his Flood Pulse Concept of river-floodplain systems.
He is editor of Amazoniana and a member of the editorial boards of several other international journals. He is on scientific advisory board of the Argentinean National Limnological Institute (INALI), the Center of Pantanal Research CPP and the National Wetlands Committee of Colombia.
Dr. Junk has received the Award of the Grande Cruz, (the highest distinction in Brazil) in 1998 for exceptional scientific performance, an International Fellow Award of the Society of Wetland Scientists in 1999, honorary diplomas of the Asociación Colombiana de Limnologia and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Leticia in 2002, an Honorary Warwick Kerr Medal for relevant services for Post-Graduation in Amazonia in 2005, an honorary plaque of the Federal University of Mato Grosso UFMT for significant contributions to the university and environmental protection of wetlands, at the 8th INTECOL Wetland Conference in 2008, and the Cross of Merit first class of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2008.