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.
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.
Charles is a doctoral student at State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science at Xiamen University, China. He is a chemical oceanographer, and his research focuses on the carbon biogeochemical cycle and mechanisms controlling its variability in the open and coastal oceans. He is also a member of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the Organization of African Academic Doctors (OAAD).
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.
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. Twitter handle @biaocean
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.
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.
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