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Chris Cvitanovic
Chair
E-mail: Christopher.Cvitanovic@csiro.au

Chris Cvitanovic is a Research Scientist at CSIRO in Hobart, Tasmania, specialising in knowledge exchange, stakeholder engagement and the governance of marine resources. He draws on almost ten years’ experience working at the interface of science and policy in a variety of capacities - for the Australian Government Department of Environment, and then as a Knowledge Broker in CSIROs Climate Adaptation Flagship and more recently as a Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania. Initially, Chris worked as a marine ecologist, with his research focused on understanding the mechanisms underpinning the resilience of coral reef systems, primarily herbivory and water quality.

Twitter handle @ChrisCvitanovic
Prue Addison
Member
E-mail: prue.addison@zoo.ox.ac.uk

She is a marine conservation scientist who is passionate about improving the use of science in decision-making. Prue is currently based at the University of Oxford, where she works with multinational businesses, government agencies and NGOs bringing lessons from conservation science to help mainstream biodiversity in the private sector. Her work focuses on corporate biodiversity accountability in particular, helping businesses develop systems to measure, evaluate and report on their biodiversity performance. Prior to this she has worked in government, academic and private organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom. Her career began with a strong ecological focus, investigating the dynamics of rocky intertidal reef communities in Australia. Since then her research has evolved, and she now works as a conservation scientist facilitating the improved use of scientific approaches in biodiversity and ocean conservation.
Stephanie Brodie
Member
E-mail: stephanie.brodie@noaa.gov

She is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Steph is an ecologist with a broad interest biogeography, fisheries, and animal ecophysiology. She has expertise in quantitative analyses and using diverse data sets to examine pelagic predator ecology and the roles that oceanographic processes play in species distributions. Steph is interested in applied research and understanding how climate change and variability is affecting living marine resources and dependent marine communities.
André Frainer
Member
E-mail: andre.frainer@nina.no
Web page: Link

André Frainer investigates how environmental degradation, including human-induced climate change, might affect the functional composition and diversity of marine fish in the Arctic. As part of this work, he aims at understanding how functional diversity can change ecosystem functioning, and is currently developing ways of assessing early-stress signals from different ecosystems. He is also interested in understanding how climate change might affect small-scale fisheries, with a focus on Brazilian fisheries. He is research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, NINA, in Tromsø, Norway.
Maria Grazia Pennino
Member
E-mail: graziapennino@yahoo.it

She is a marine biologist, with a master's degree in Biostatistic and a PhD in Mathematics & Statistics. Currently working at the C.O. Vigo, Instituto Español de Oceanografia at the Fishery Department. Her main research fields is spatial-temporal modeling and biostatistics in general to advise an effective fisheries management. She has studied different fisheries (industrial and small-scale/artisanal) and several ecosystems (Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Brazilian coastal areas), working at different spatial (from local to global) and temporal scale. Recently, she has also been interested in linking social and economic factors in the species distribution models framework to understand how they could affect the distribution of the species.

Twitter handle - @grazia_pennino
Priscila Lopes
Member
E-mail: pmaccord@gmail.com
Web page: Link

Priscila Lopes is an ecologist by training, although she has directed her research to socio-ecological systems, with the objective of integrating the conservation of natural resources with the participation of society, poverty alleviation and food security. She is a professor of Human Ecology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil), where she has been learning, developing and applying methods and tools that integrate the social and biological sciences particularly towards the understanding of fisheries and fisheries governance.
Jon Lopez
Member
E-mail: jlopez@iattc.org

Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, United States
A quantitative fisheries scientist at the IATTC in La Jolla, California. Much of his current research focuses on investigating the impacts of anthropogenic activities and environmental variability on marine biodiversity and fishery resources, and developing and testing alternative mitigation, conservation and management measures that promote the sustainable use of ecosystems, including target and non-target species. He has contributed to a number of working groups of different tuna regional fisheries management organizations (t-RFMO), including the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, and is now focused in the eastern Pacific Ocean (IATTC). He is also a member of the joint t-RFMO FAD working group and the Seasonal Forecasting and Dynamic Ocean Management Task Team of CLIOTOP.
Sabine Mathesius
Member
E-mail: smathesius@geomar.de
Web page: Link

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany.

A PhD student at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in Germany. As a climate and ocean modeller she simulates global change as well as local processes observed in ocean acidification field studies (mesocosm experiments). Currently, she investigates the impact of ocean acidification on marine carbon export, with a closer look on the role of gel particles. Her main interests are climate change, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss and its implications for human societies.
Kelly Ortega-Cisneros
Member
E-mail: flypper5@hotmail.com

She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science at Rhodes University, South Africa. Her research interest is focused on the influence of environmental variability and climate change on coastal ecosystems. Her postdoctoral research focused on the use of ecosystem modelling to investigate the potential effects of climate change and fisheries in marine ecosystems. Obtained her PhD. at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Her PhD. investigated the importance of the variability in river flow on the functioning of estuaries using ecological network models.
Natasa Vaidianu
Member
E-mail: natasa.vaidianu@geo.unibuc.ro

An Associate Professor at Faculty of Natural Sciences and Agricultural Sciences, Ovidius University Constanta and researcher at University of Bucharest, Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics.

Her research includes Marine Spatial Planning, ocean governance and the science-policy interface, coastal and wetland management, stakeholder involvement and participatory approach. Her work is mainly carried out in the Black Sea Basin, Danube Delta and Eastern Europe. She is a co-convener within Land-Sea Interactions Group, OceanGov COST Action,.