Laura is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand. Her research deals with ecological risks of human activities on marine ecosystems, currently focusing on the impacts of seabed mining and fishing in the deep sea. In addition to studying the environmental impacts of different activities, she is also interested in how the risks are perceived by the public to inform governance of marine areas. After receiving her PhD in marine ecology from University of Helsinki, Finland, Laura worked in environmental policy at the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) and now contributes to the work of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI).
Dr Shenghui Li is currently a lecturer at the School of Management, Guangdong Ocean University, China. Her research interests are Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and global ocean governance, with a particular focus on transboundary issues and multi-stakeholder collaboration. Shenghui is a member of the MSP Research Network and tries to contribute to MSP education and research. She is passionate about MSP’s potential for coastal community resilience and regional marine governance under climate change. Prior to being a lecturer, Shenghui had interdisciplinary education and work experience between marine natural science and marine social science, including a joint PhD in Marine Affairs at Xiamen University, China and the University of Liverpool, UK, and a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Oceanography, Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Dr Rebecca Shellock is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at The Australian National University. Rebecca is a Marine Social Scientist and her research focuses on a range of topics including: (i) Ocean Literacy, (ii) knowledge exchange, (iii) gender in marine science, (iv) Marine Protected Areas and (v) socio-cultural values. Rebecca has a keen interest in how to improve the relationship between science, policy and practice and draws on her experience of working at the Science-Policy Interface. Prior to her Postdoc, Rebecca worked as a Marine Social Scientist for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (UK). Rebecca is also a member of the UK’s Ocean Literacy Working Group and the Royal Geographical Society Coastal and Marine Research Group. Twitter handle @marinebecca
Charles is a doctoral student in the department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA. He is a chemical oceanographer, and his research interests are on BGC Argo floats, air-sea fluxes, carbon and oxygen biogeochemical cycles, and mechanisms controlling their variability in the open and coastal oceans. He is also a member of the Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS) and the Organization of African Academic Doctors (OAAD).
Gabriella Akpah Yeboah
Gabriella Akpah Yeboah is a PhD student at the University of Ghana, specialising in oyster sclerochronology. She also has expertise in marine-related fields like plastic pollution and remote sensing. Gabriella also serves as the National Coordinator for Early Career Ocean Professionals in Ghana, and is a passionate advocate for underrepresented professionals and champions climate change awareness and marine conservation.
Bia Dias (she/her) is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Fisheries, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her current research explores the effects of regime shifts in the Gulf of Alaska marine food webs, and how that will persist in future climate change scenarios. Bia is also interested in climate adaptation of small pelagic fishes and socio-economic systems.
Sara Garcia-Morales Hurtado
Sara is a research fellow at the OCEANPLAN Project at the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE) at the University of Lisbon. She is a passionate biologist and marine ecologist trying to understand the variety of connections in marine social-ecological systems. Her current research explores how marine spatial plans can be adapted to climate change by understanding the complexity of the effects of climate change in biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human societies. Following an ecosystem-based management approach that focuses on ocean conservation and environmental justice, her work tries to improve adaptation capacity in such systems, guarantee more adequate planning responses and promote sustainable use of the ocean.
Ignacio is a doctoral student at the EqualSea Lab at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He is interested in marine social-ecological systems, fisheries management, the human dimension of fisheries, and the role of distal and proximate drivers in shaping human-oceans relationships. During his Ph.D., Ignacio will explore and foster transformative changes in marine social-ecological systems, particularly in small-scale fisheries. Using case studies in Uruguay and Spain, he will analyze how institutional factors and emergent processes from innovative sustainability initiatives in small-scale fisheries contribute to more sustainable trajectories for ocean-dependent communities. He aims to co-create transformative spaces in which to envision plural, possible and desirable futures for small-scale fisheries. His research involves epistemological agility, transdisciplinary networking, and the use of diverse tools to promote sustainability transformations in marine social-ecological systems.
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.
Kat Maltby is a postdoc at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Maine, US. Her research focuses on understanding adaptation and resilience of fisheries and their associated fishing communities facing climate change and other key challenges. As an interdisciplinary scientist she has experience of using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine marine climate impacts, adaptation pathways and resilience strategies and attributes in a range of fisheries around the world. She is passionate about working with communities to co-develop solutions to complex ocean challenges. Before moving to the US, Kat obtained her PhD in fisheries science at the University of Exeter (UK) and then worked as a marine climate change scientist at the UK government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.
Juliano Palacios Abrantes
Juliano Palacios Abrantes is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries of the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on how climate change is shifting the distribution of marine species generating uncertain feedbacks on ecosystems and dependent human communities. He is particularly interested in how these shifts affect international shared fish stocks, threatening their sustainability and accentuating sources of conflict, ultimately highlighting the need for adaptive, collaborative, equitable and ecosystem-based management strategies. While Juliano’s research spans global to local studies, having been born in Brazil and raised in Mexico, he has a special interest in supporting marine research and governance in Latin America.
Priyatma is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Fiji. She previously taught at the University of the South Pacific (also located in Fiji). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Science from Linkoping University in Sweden. Her thesis focuses on Marine Spatial Planning and its impact on Small Island Developing States. Her research interests include ocean governance, coastal resilience and ecosystem-based adaptation. She is engaged in several international projects in collaboration with regional and international donors. Her current project focuses on goal conflicts between the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with emphasis on SDG 10 (Reduced inequalities: Reduce inequality within and among countries).
Ariel Smith is Project Coordinator at the Ocean Frontier Institute in Halifax, Canada
She has a Masters of Environmental Assessment (MEnv) and over 8-years’ experience in project development, leadership, and data collection, specifically focused on plastic pollution in the coastal and marine environment. Ariel has led over 10 research projects, facilitated partnership management, and published research, including microplastic results in Elsevier’s Marine Pollution Bulletin in 2022. Ariel is currently a board member at the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE) and previously chaired a Microplastic Working Group from 2019 to 2023, consisting of Atlantic Canadian stakeholders across all sectors. Throughout her career, Ariel has worked to bridge the gap between research and action by working with coastal communities across Atlantic Canada to better understand our changing oceans.
Mia is a marine social scientist at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. Her research focuses on equity in ocean governance, knowledge co-production processes, marine cultural heritage and children’s rights to a healthy ocean. She is a researcher with the One Ocean Hub, and an Ocean Nexus fellow starting January 2024. Prior to her PhD, Mia worked with non-governmental organisations and international development agencies in South Africa and Mozambique, and her passion for research with local coastal communities as co-researchers stems from first-hand seeing inequity in access to the ocean and opportunities in informing ocean decision-making. Mia is also a member of the UN Ocean Decade South Africa Node and the Africa Node’s Ocean Literacy Task Team.