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.
Chris Cvitanovic is a Research Scientist at ANU in Canberra, Australia, focusing on improving the uptake and impact of scientific research among different end-users to facilitate evidence-informed decision-making for sustainable ocean governance of marine resources. He draws on more than 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, and his research focused on understanding the mechanisms underpinning the resilience of coral reef systems, primarily herbivory and water quality. Twitter handle @ChrisCvitanovic
Ana Helena Bevilacqua
Ana Bevilacqua did a Master’s degree focusing on the Brazilian Amazon, followed by a PhD in Human Ecology. Her work has focused on socio economic aspects of small-scale fisheries in Brazil. She worked for a government fisheries institute (FIPERJ) and is currently working at the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (FUNBIO) where she manages projects financed through legal obligations, such as fishery compensation payments
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
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 modelling 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
Shan Jiang is a post-doctoral researcher at the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC) at the East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai. He is a chemical oceanographer with a Master’s degree in ecology and PhD in biogeochemistry. During the past 10 years, Shan has studied the transport and transformation of nutrients and organic matter in several coastal/marine ecosystems (e.g. Rajang, Malaysia; Sanggou Bay, China; West Pacific Ocean). Shan’s current research interest focuses on the impacts of anthropogenic activities and climate change on nitrogen and carbon cycling in water and sediment environments.
Laura’s research deals with ecological risks of human activities on marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on emerging industries both in coastal areas and the deep sea. She is interested in the interlinked societal and ecological challenges that shape marine ecosystems and how we perceive the risks associated with offshore activities. Laura is a doctoral student in interdisciplinary environmental science at the University of Helsinki, Finland and is currently working as an associate professional secretary at the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission.
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.
Kelly is a research fellow at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her research focusses on the use of ecosystem modelling to investigate the functioning and management of marine ecosystems. Her research interests also include the influence of environmental variability and climate change on marine ecosystems, and the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of species and ecosystems to climate change.
Carl Peters is the Research & Transnational Projects Manager at the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) in Halifax, Canada. There he manages various research programs, projects, and seminars and serves as a point of contact for OFI’s early career researcher network ‘ECOFIRE’. Originally from Bremen, Germany, Carl worked and studied at several renowned marine research organizations in Australia, Germany, and Canada. His research expertise includes marine geosciences and geochemistry.
Samiya Selim is an Associate Professor and the Director of Center for Sustainable Development at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). She specialises in interdisciplinary areas of social-ecological systems – sustainability science, climate change adaptation and resilience, and the science-policy interface. In the past 10 years, Samiya worked on sustainability, climate change, conservation and fisheries in the UK and Bangladesh, including mobilizing hard-to-reach communities to get involved in environmental activities and to bring about sustainable behavioural change in daily life. Her current work focuses on ecosystem-based adaptation and sustainable livelihoods in coastal areas of Bangladesh facing increased salinity and erosion. Samiya recently published a book on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals relating to the environment in Bangladesh. She is also a member of the IMBeR Human Dimensions Working Group.
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.