The CLIOTOP Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) consists of scientists from participating countries. Those currently represented include: Australia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Spain and USA. Previous SSC Chairs remain as ex-officio members. Two CLIOTOP Co-chairs are elected from the SSC members.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
Joel is part of the zooplankton and CTD team. He would love to find some late-stage fish larvae unfortunate enough to have to fend for themselves under such conditions. But he’ll likely have to settle for looking for appendicularians—aka, to him at least, the cooler-than-copepods zooplankton. An avid cyclist, he might also set the well-known record for riding a carbon fiber racing bike at the highest-ever latitude (though attached to a fluid trainer).
Fisheries Resources Institute, Fisheries Research and Education Agency, Japan
Yu has worked on many cetacean research projects at the Fisheries Resources Institute since 2007. His early work primarily focused on the processes of larval transport and spawning ground formation of pelagic fish species. His current research interest is how to manage and conserve marine animal populations in dynamic ocean environments. He uses a variety of ecological modelling technics, including habitat modelling, population dynamics modelling, and models to estimate population abundance, animal movement, and trophic relationships. He earned his PhD in Agricultural Science from the University of Tokyo in 2016.
Atmosphere & Ocean Research Institute (AORI), University of Tokyo, Japan
Takashi completed a PhD at the University of Tokyo (U-Tokyo). During his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), he participated in the Tagging of Pacific Predators program. He was Assistant Professor at U-Tokyo from 2005-2012, when he joined the International Coastal Research Center, AORI at U-Tokyo, where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Coastal Ecosystem Restoration.
Main research interests: Behavioural ecology and physiology of highly migratory fish such as tuna and salmonid species.
Guillermo Ortuño Crespo
Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Sweden
Guillermo’s research operationalizes biodiversity and ecological knowledge to improve decision-making by international corporations and management bodies. He is member of the SRC science team of the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) initiative and his work focuses on helping the initiative develop a strategy to reduce the impacts of member corporations on endangered species. He is also involved in a collaboration with the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, which is one of five regional management bodies for tuna fisheries. The project focuses on modelling the spatial ecology of target and non-target species to help develop a spatial management tool that is capable of adapting over time as environmental conditions change.
Main research interests: Marine science, Science-business collaboration, High seas, IUU fishing
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States
Barbara Muhling is a Project Scientist at the University of California – Santa Cruz, based at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, CA. She completed her PhD in Perth, Australia, and did her postdoc on the spawning dynamics of tunas in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, through the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, FL. Her current research focuses on the distribution and ecology of pelagic fishes in the California Current System, and the broader North Pacific. She is particularly interested in how these species may respond to environmental variability and climate change, as well as the potential impacts of shifting species distributions on fisheries and fishing communities.
CSIRO, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Heidi is a quantitative and applied ecologist working mainly on marine ecological energetics, ecogeochemistry, and food web dynamics. Heidi employs biochemical tracer techniques (lipid/fatty acids, stable isotopes and trace-metals), ecological and metabolic theory, and various numerical modelling approaches to better understand how marine organisms respond to natural variability and human pressures at multiple biological (individual to ecosystem), temporal (days to decades) and spatial (local to landscape) scales. She is also interested in improving how research scientists (i) design food web studies and (ii) use nutritional data on seafood to inform human health, ecosystem based management and provenance.
Center for Fisheries Research and Development, Indonesia
Lilis is a fisheries scientist and has been working at the center since 2003. She did her PhD at UTAS and her background is quantitative modeling. She has been involved in collaborative projects between Indonesia and Australia for marine fisheries for around 12 years. She is currently participating in the development process of harvest strategy for tuna fisheries in Indonesia and quantifying IUU fishing in the Indonesian region.
University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Kylie Scales is Associate Professor of Animal Ecology and Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Dr. Scales is a quantitative marine ecologist whose research seeks to understand and predict ecological responses to physical variability and change in the oceans. She has research interests in the spatial and movement ecology of highly mobile marine vertebrates such as seabirds, turtles, sharks and large teleost fish; fisheries sustainability; dynamic ocean management; ecological forecasting; and marine climate change. Her interdisciplinary research pursues real-world solutions for applications in the management of marine resources and conservation of marine biodiversity.
University Santiago de Compostela, Spain
His research focuses on assessing the economic and social contribution of the oceans at multiple scales. He has published more than 80 papers in scientific journals. Since early 2014, he is co-chair of the ICES Working Group on Resilience and Marine Ecosystem Services, and member of the EcoServices Group (Future Earth). He was visiting scientist at University of British Columbia (Canada), and The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (Sweden). He is Associate Editor of the Journal Frontiers in Marine Sciences (Marine Affairs and Policy).