PICES 2013 Annual Meeting
Communicating forecasts, uncertainty and consequences of
ecosystem change
October 11–20, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Last update - Jun 19, 2013
Invited Speakers
Session 1 (Science Board Symposium)
Communicating forecasts, uncertainty and consequences of ecosystem change

Richard (Dick) Beamish
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, DFO, retired

Session 1 Invited Speaker

I retired in June 2011, but still come to the Pacific Biological Station most days for a few hours unless it is good gardening weather. I am working with colleagues and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission to produce a book on the ocean life of Pacific salmon. A group of us are also finishing a book on the Strait of Georgia that is written for the general public. I have a list of papers that should be written and hope that somehow they will find their way into journals. I am still an Editor for Transactions of the American Fisheries Society where I deal with about 90 papers a year. I enjoy studying lampreys. This abundant group of fishes have survived for at least 360 million years with very little change in appearance. In 1982 I described a new species from a lake on Vancouver Island and I believe that there are one or two more new species in my collection of lampreys. The problem with all plans is that there are too many things to be interested in. I have many pleasant memories over the past 50 years of fisheries research, but one of the best was the work I did with Warren Wooster to convince governments that the North Pacific needed a PICES organization because climate and oceans were important in fisheries management. This is why receiving the Wooster award last year was such a highlight.


Alida Bundy
Bedford Institute of Oceanography, DFO, Canada

Session 1 Invited Speaker

Alida Bundy is a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Foremost her interest is in science to support the productivity, structure and functioning of our oceans, and sustainable human use. To this end, her research interests include the impact of fishing on marine ecosystems, the structure and functioning of ecosystems, ecosystem-based management and ecosystem based indicators of fishing impacts, adaptive management of fisheries and interdisciplinary approaches to fisheries science. She has led various projects on these themes within Fisheries and Oceans Canada; internationally she is currently vice-chair of IMBER, co-Chair of the IMBER Human Dimension WG, co-Chair of IndiSeas (Indicators for the Seas) and co-Chair of the IndiSeas Human Dimension WG.


Brian Helmuth
Northeastern University, USA

Session 1 Invited Speaker

Dr. Brian Helmuth is a Professor at the Marine Science Center at Northeastern University in Nahant, Massachusetts, with a School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.  He currently serves as Director of a new Sustainability Science and Policy Initiative.  Helmuth’s research and teaching focus on predicting the likely ecological impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems, and on the development of products that are scientifically accurate, understandable, and useful by a diverse array of stakeholders.  Specifically, he uses a combination of theoretical and experimental techniques to predict where, when and with what magnitude climate change is most (and least) likely to affect natural and human-managed ecosystems, including protected areas and aquaculture facilities.  While much of his work has focused on North American rocky intertidal ecosystems, his lab also collaborates with researchers on every continent.

Helmuth is a Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership program, which trains select scientists to interact with policy makers, journalists and the public and in 2011 Helmuth was named a Google Science Communication Fellow in the area of climate change.   He also served as a lead author on the Technical input document for the inaugural Oceans chapter of the US National Climate Assessment.


Mitsutaku Makino
National Research Institute of Fisheries Science, Japan

Session 1 Invited Speaker

Dr. Mitsutaku Makino is the Head of Fisheries Management Section of the Fisheries Research Agency, Japan. He is specializing in the fisheries and ecosystem-based management analysis. He is a Co-Chair of PICES S-HD and involved in many international scholarly programs such as IMBER Humand Dimension WG, IUCN Fisheries Expert Group (IUCN-FEG), etc. He teaches in several universities in Japan, and currently serves as an Editor of ICES Journal of Marine Sciencec. His recent book entitled "Fisheries Management in Japan" was published from Springer (http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/book/978-94-007-1776-3?detailsPage=testimonials).



Muyin Wang
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Session 1 Invited Speaker

Muyin Wang is a research scientist at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO), University of Washington, stationed at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)/NOAA. She received her B. Sc and M. Sc from Peking University, China, and Ph. D from University of Utah. Muyin’s current research areas include climate change over the northern hemisphere; sea ice predictions; the role of sea ice in the climate system and impacts of changing Arctic sea ice conditions on the climate system as well as on the ecosystem.  She is interested in the ice/ocean/atmosphere interactions, and trying to understand the changing atmospheric circulations associated with reduction of Arctic sea ice. She has been intensively involved with assessments of CMIP3 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 3) and CMIP5 models in search for a better way to make predictions of the future climate with the available state-of-art climate models.


Session 2
Are marine ecosystems of the North Pacific becoming more variable?

Emanuele Di Lorenzo
Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Session 2
Invited Speaker

Dr. Emanuele Di Lorenzo is a Professor of Ocean and Climate Dynamics in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A. He received his Ph.D. in oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2003. His research interests and experience span a wide range of topics from physical oceanography to ocean climate and marine ecosystems. More specific focus is on dynamics of basin and regional ocean circulation, inverse modeling, Pacific low-frequency variability, and impacts of large-scale climate variability on marine ecosystem dynamics (http://www.oces.us). In PICES he is co-chair of the Working group on North Pacific Climate Variability & Change and member of the Climate Ocean Variability and Ecosystem Advisory Panel (COVE-AP). He also serves on the US Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem (CAMEO) Science Steering Committee.


Mike Litzow
University of Tasmania, Australia

Session 2
Invited Speaker

Mike is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania.  He has studied various aspects of marine ecology in Alaska for fifteen years, and formerly worked for the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Mike received a B.S. from the University of Alaska and a M.S. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  His current research includes empirical tests of model-derived indicators for incipient shifts in populations and ecosystems, and comparison of the statistical effects of anthropogenic climate change, fishing and natural climate variability on basin-scale community structure in the northeast Pacific.  Past research interests include changing demersal biogeography in response to sea ice retreat in the Bering Sea, the role of climate-forced changes in prey availability on seabird demographics, and changes in trophic control as a mechanism linking climate change to sudden reorganization in Gulf of Alaska communities.  In addition to his PhD work, Mike is a researcher at Blue World Research in Anchorage, Alaska, and the Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research in Petaluma, California.

Session 3
Status, trends and effects of pollutants in coastal ecosystems: Implications for wildlife and humans

Sandie O'Neill

Session 3
Invited Speaker

Sandie O'Neill is a Research Fisheries Biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife where she conducts contaminant studies on marine fish and salmon. She received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She has over 20 years expertise with environmental monitoring and assessment, fish ecology, and evaluating factors affecting contaminant exposure and accumulation in fish. Sandie is collaborating with researchers from NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center to use chemical tracers to elucidate the feeding ecology and marine distribution of southern resident killer whales.  In addition to her contaminant work, Sandie is working with the Puget Sound Partnership to select indicators to assess and track the condition of the Puget Sound.




Lorrie Rea
Alaska Department of Fish and Game, USA

Session 3
Invited Speaker

Lorrie Rea is a Wildlife Physiologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks, Alaska where she leads research on the health, diet and body condition of Steller sea lions. Lorrie has conducted physiological ecology research on a number of seal and sea lion species over the past 25 years, earning a B.Sc. Honors Marine Biology at University of Guelph, Canada, a M.Sc. in Marine Science at University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Lorrie’s recent research has focused on physiological and environmental factors that potentially impact the recovery of Steller sea lions in Alaska, including measures of total body fat, stable isotopes and total mercury in sea lions from the Aleutian Islands. Lorrie will be joining the Water and Environmental Research Center, Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a Research Associate Professor in September 2013 where she will focus her research on contaminant exposure of Steller sea lions and their prey, and how heavy metal and organochloride contaminants move through Alaska foodwebs.

Session 4
The changing carbon cycle of North Pacific continental shelves and marginal seas

Miguel Goni
Oregon State University, USA

Session 4
Invited Speaker

My overall scientific interest is to better understand the cycling of natural organic matter in the earth's surface, mainly in aquatic environments such as oceans, estuaries, rivers, groundwater, and lakes. A key objective of my research is to elucidate the role that organic matter plays on the global biogeochemical cycles of major elements (e.g., carbon, oxygen, nitrogen). Specific areas of my on-going research include:

  1. Understanding the processes controlling organic matter cycling in river-dominated ocean margins, including deltas and estuaries.
  2. Investigating the factors that control the generation and export of organic matter from the surface ocean and its transport, cycling and preservation in marine sediments.
  3. Reconstructing the sources and compositions of organic matter in sediments over glacial - interglacial scales.
  4. Assessing the role of natural organic matter on the behavior of particle reactive contaminants in coastal environments.
  5. Developing and applying novel analytical techniques for the study of organic matter in the ocean.



Kon-kee Liu
Institute of Hydrological and Oceanic Sciences,
National Central University,

Session 4
Invited Speaker

Commonly known as KK, Kon-Kee Liu is a professor at the Institute of Hydrological and Oceanic Sciences, National Central University in Taiwan.  His current research focus is to explore biogeochemical cycles in continental margins using observational as well as modeling approaches.  Originally, KK trained at UCLA as an isotope geochemist, specializing in stable isotopes of nitrogen.  After returning to Taiwan in 1981, he had organized large field campaigns under the Kuroshio Edge Exchange Processes (KEEP) project and the South-East Asian Time-series Study (SEATS) exploring biogeochemistry in the East and South China Seas, respectively.  Basing on his research experiences, he advocated the significance of continental margins in global biogeochemical cycles, and led the editing of a book, “Carbon and Nutrient Fluxes in Continental Margins: A Global Synthesis”, which was published in the series of Global Change Books of IGBP by Springer in 2010.  He is currently a co-chair of the Continental Margins Working Group co-sponsored by IMBER and LOICZ, two core projects of IGBP, and contributes to planning of the Future Earth Initiative for global environmental change research.


Session 5
Marine ecosystem services and the contribution from marine ecosystems to the economy and human well-being

Leif Anderson
NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, USA

Session 5
Invited Speaker

Leif is an economist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC).  Leif received a B.S. in Business Economics from Willamette University.  He attended graduate school at the University of Washington's Department of Economics, where he received a M.S. and a Ph.D., specializing in natural resource economics.  Leif began working for the NWFSC as an intern through the National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Fellowship in marine resource economics before joining the NWFSC in 2009.  His current research focus is on recreational demand models, used to estimate the effects of management or ecological changes on economic values.  Current projects examine saltwater sport fishing in Washington and Oregon and recreational shellfish harvesting in Puget Sound.    


Kai Chan
University of British Columbia, Canada

Session 5
Invited Speaker

Kai Chan is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair (tier 2) at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Kai received his PhD from Princeton University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a concurrent certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. He subsequently did a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in Conservation Biology.

Kai’s research is interdisciplinary and policy-relevant, in four primary areas: (1) biodiversity and ecosystem services (the processes by which ecosystems benefit people, directly and indirectly), with a particular focus on cultural/intangible values; (2) sustainability science, connecting ecosystems to human producers and consumers; (3) models of social-ecological systems for ecosystem-based management; and (4) applied environmental ethics. In all, he strives to understand the workings of and values associated with social-ecological systems, in order to facilitate decision-making that promotes human well-being and social and ecological justice.

Kai leads CHAN’S lab (www.chanslab.ires.ubc.ca), Connecting Human and Natural Systems; he is a director on the board of the BC chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), a Leopold Leadership Fellow (2013), a member of the Global Young Academy, and a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. In 2012, Kai was the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Shang Chen
First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, PR China

Session 5
Invited Speaker

Dr. Chen is Senior Scientist, Leader of Marine Ecological Assessment Group, First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration of China (SOA). His research areas focus on marine ecosystem services, ecological capital and compensation. He was awarded Ph. D in Marine Ecology by Ocean University of China in 2002. He is member of PICES S-HD sub-committee and Editorial Committee of Acta Ecologica Sinica. He led and drafted 2 China national standards, including “Technical Directives for Marine Ecological Capital Assessment” and “Guidelines of Marine Ecological Survey”.  He led a six-year national assessment project on ecosystem services of China coastal waters funded by SOA in 2005. Because of his innovative findings in marine ecosystem services, he was granted Second Class Award of Innovation in Marine Science and Technology, awarded by SOA. His presentation on coastal wetland ecosystem services was granted Best Oral Presentation of 2008 PICES annual meeting. During 2013 annual meeting he will share with us his new findings on ecosystem services of Yellow Sea, East and South China Seas.

Session 6
Recent trends and future projections of North Pacific climate and ecosystems

Jason Holt
National Oceanographic Centre, UK

Session 6
Invited Speaker

Jason Holt is associate head of the Marine Systems Modelling group at the National Oceanography Centre, based in Liverpool. He specialises in the synthesis of model and observations to develop our understanding of shelf-sea physical and coupled physical-biological systems. He was one of the principle architects of the POLCOMS-ERSEM coupled hydrodynamic ecosystem modelling system. Particular areas of interest include the impact of climate change/variability on shelf-seas, shelf sea fluxes and budgets of carbon and nutrients, and ocean-shelf exchange. He has worked in close collaboration with the UK Met office for over 10 years on developing and assessing shelf sea models for operational oceanography and climate downscaling (e.g. UKCP09). He leads the ‘re-analysis, prediction and evaluation’ sub-theme in the UK National Centre for Earth Observation Carbon theme and the modelling component in a new UK ocean-shelf exchange programme (FASTnet). Previous projects included the Global Coastal Ocean Modelling System, to develop a system to deploy multiple coastal-ocean models in seas around the world and the QuestFish project to use this to explore the effects of climate change on contrasting shelf sea regions. He sits on the ICES/PICES Expert Group on Climate Change effects on Marine Ecosystems (SICCME).


William Merryfield
Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Environment Canada

Session 6
Invited Speaker

Bill Merryfield is a research scientist at Environment Canada's Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (CCCma) in Victoria, BC. He received his B.Sc. in physics from Stanford University and Ph.D. in Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research interests have included double diffusive phenomena, geophysical turbulence, numerical methods in fluid dynamics, ocean and climate modeling, climate dynamics, and climate prediction. Recently he led development of the Canadian Seasonal to Interannual Prediction System, which uses CCCma climate models initialized with observational data to predict climate phenomena up to a year in advance and provides Environment Canada's official seasonal forecasts. He serves on the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction (WGSIP).


Session 7
Science needs for offshore oil and gas development in the North Pacific


Session 8
Ecosystem indicators to characterize ecosystem responses to multiple stressors in North Pacific marine ecosystems

Isabelle Côté
Sir Simon Fraser University, Canada

Session 8 Invited Speaker

Isabelle Côté is a professor of Marine Ecology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her group pioneered the use of meta-analyses of large datasets to reconstruct the trajectories of change on coral reefs over the past half century, measure the global effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs) in protecting fish and their habitats, and assess the impacts of multiple stressors on natural ecosystems.  Although much of her work has focused on tropical habitats, she is actively involved in MPA research and establishment on the coast of British Columbia.  She was part of the core group of experts advising Parks Canada on National Marine Conservation Areas and on the Royal Society of Canada panel on ocean climate change and marine biodiversity, and currently serves on the Bowie Seamount MPA advisory board.  She was awarded the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology of the Zoological Society of London in 2009, for contributions of fundamental science to the conservation of animal species and their habitats.



Yunne Shin
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France

Session 8 Invited Speaker

Yunne Shin is a Director of Research at the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and is currently based at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her research is focused on the integrated functioning of marine ecosystems, its response to the combined pressures of fishing and climate, and the development of biodiversity scenarios. Yunne Shin developed the ecosystem model OSMOSE which is currently being used in several ecosystems from European, African, North and South American waters. The model OSMOSE has recently been coupled to different hydrodynamic and biogeochemical models to build so-called end-to-end models, allowing the simulation of diverse scenarios that combine bottom-up and top-down ecosystem effects of fishing and climate change. She is also involved in the research on indicators for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and co-leads the international IOC/UNESCO/Eur-Oceans/MEECE "Indicators for the Seas" (IndiSeas) program to which more than 40 research institutes contribute.


Mingyuan Zhu
First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, PR China

Session 8 Invited Speaker

I retired but still work at First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, China. I am a biological oceanographer and marine environment scientist with 35 years of experience in the field of marine biology, ecology and marine environment investigation and research. I undertaken more than 40 projects and published more than 60 papers and two books. I was principal investigator of many key national projects, such as chief scientist of National Basic Research project " Study on Ecology and Ocenography of Harmful Algal Blooms in Chinese Costal waters (CEOHAB I)". I was vice chairman of IOC- FAO Intergovermantal panel on Harmful Algai Blooms from 1992-1996 and chief scientist of Chinese side for three international cooperative projects, e.g. China-Japan Cooperative project “Study on Carrying Capacity in Yangtze River Estuary”, EU INCO-DC project “Carrying Capacity in Chinese Bays and impacts of aquaculture on marine environment” EU INCO-DEV project" Options for People, Catchment and Aquitic Resources" and chair and member of regional working group for investment and ecosystem components of GEF/UNDP project “Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem”. I was a member of SINO-US Joint Panel for Cooperation in Marine living resources from 1995-2004.

Session 9
Cost-effective, cooperative ocean monitoring

Sonia D. Batten
Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, UK/Canada

Session 9 Invited Speaker

Dr Sonia Batten (soba@sahfos.ac.uk) is a biological oceanographer with the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science which operates the Continuous Plankton Recorder survey. After completing her PhD at Southampton University (UK) and then spending 7 years in Plymouth working with the Atlantic CPR survey Sonia moved to Nanaimo, Canada, and began coordinating the North Pacific CPR survey. Her research interests include the role of zooplankton in large-sale oceanic ecosystems; the effects of the physical environment on their dynamics and the interactions between zooplankton and higher and lower trophic levels. She contributes to the PICES CPR Advisory Panel and Technical Committee on Monitoring.


Session 10
Banking on recruitment curves; returns on intellectual investment

Louis Botsford
University of California at Davis, USA

Session 10
Invited Speaker

Louis W. Botsford has been a professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology at the University of California in Davis since 1980.  He teaches classes in population dynamics and estimation.  One of his research areas is the response of upper trophic level populations to climate variability.  Current work involves how population variability and the sensitivity of population to different frequencies of variability in the environment (e.g., the frequencies of ENSOs) change with fishing.  A second research area is the population dynamic responses of marine metapopulations to the implementation of marine protected areas (MPAs).  Current work involves characterizing transient responses of populations to implementation of MPAs for the purpose of analyzing monitoring data for adaptive management of MPAs.  He has served on the Scientific and Statistical Committee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and on the Science Advisory Team for implementation of MPAs under the State of California’s Marine Life Protection Act.  He spent the spring of 1998 with the FAO in Rome.



Jon Brodziak

Session 10
Invited Speaker

Jon Brodziak is a senior stock assessment scientist at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu. Jon leads stock assessments and conducts related management analyses for insular fishery resources and highly-migratory pelagic fish stocks in the Pacific Ocean. He is currently the Chairman of the Billfish Working Group of the International Scientific Committee on Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific. Jon received a B.A. in Mathematics, Magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Davis. An itinerant scientist, Jon’s research spans topics in statistics, mathematical modeling, and stock assessment, including applied studies of the population ecology of squid, groundfish, billfish, and salmon. He enjoys going to sea and has logged over 150 days on research and commercial vessels in the Atlantic and Pacific. His current research interests include ecosystem-based fishery management, stock assessment, applied Bayesian modeling, and evaluating the impacts of humans and the environment on fish and fishing communities.

Workshop 1
Comparison of size-based and species based ecosystem models

Julia Blanchard
University of Sheffield, UK

Workshop 1
Invited Speaker



Villy Christensen
University of British Columbia, Canada

Workshop 1
Invited Speaker

Villy Christensen is professor at the UBC Fisheries Centre, and his research is focused on one key question: will there be seafood and a healthy ocean for our children and grandchildren to enjoy? The work is conducted through the Nippon Foundation – UBC Nereus Predicting the Future Ocean Program, where a suite of global models are coupled to evaluate impact of notably fisheries and climate change on marine populations globally. This work is done in cooperation with Princeton, Duke, Cambridge and Stockholm universitites, and UNEP WCMC, and contributes to global initiatives focused on evaluating future scenarios for the oceans. Further, Villy Christensen is the lead developer of the Ecopath with Ecosim approach and software, which is being used extensively throughout the world for ecosystem-based management of marine areas. There are more than 400 derived models and publications, more than 6000 registered users in 155 countries, and more than seventy degrees using this form for modeling as a central element have been awarded at universities globally. Through this he has worked with numerous colleagues internationally and gained considerable experience with the ecology and management of marine ecosystems.

Workshop 2
Identifying mechanisms linking physical climate and ecosystem change: Observed indices, hypothesized processes, and "data dreams" for the future

Jürgen Alheit
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Germany

Workshop 2 Invited Speaker

Jürgen Alheit received his BSc in Marine Biology from Liverpool University (England) and his PhD in Fisheries from Kiel University (Germany). He has worked inter alia at the Peruvian Fisheries Institue (IMARPE) in Peru, for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in Paris and the Alfred-Wegener-Institut in Bremerhaven. His current position is at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde, Germany. He was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of GLOBEC, a co-founder and co-chair SPACC/GLOBEC and the chair of the German GLOBEC project. His main interest are comparative studies of the impact of climate variability on marine ecosystems in which small pelagic schooling fish are important. His hobby is introducing his colleagues to German Riesling wine.

Jürgen holds the bottle

Bryan Black
University of Texas, USA

Workshop 2 Invited Speaker

Bryan in an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute, U.S.A.  He received his Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Pennsylvania State University in 2003, after which he worked as a research faculty member at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center.  Bryan applies tree-ring techniques to annual increments of marine and freshwater organisms including fish, mollusks, and corals to describe long-term growth patterns over decades, and in some cases, centuries. 
These time series are particularly useful for hind-casting climate prior to the start of instrumental records and quantifying relationships between environmental variability and growth.  Moreover, relationships between productivity and climate can be addressed at the ecosystem level by integrating multi-species networks of chronologies with other annually-resolved biological times series of growth, phenology, or community composition.


Carolina Parada
Instituto de Investigación Pesquera, Chile

Workshop 2 Invited Speaker

Dr. Carolina Parada is a research scientist at Fishery Research Institute (INPESCA) at Talcahuano-Chile. Her work focuses on biophysical modeling and links to population dynamics and the environment, transport and connectivity of marine populations. She has been using biophysical models since 1999 and applying these models to study larval drift, connectivity and pre-recruitment variability for various pelagic and benthic species in different regions. Prior to his current position, she worked as a postdoc at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, and University of Washington. Her main research were focused on studying larval transport and connectivity between spawning and nursery areas for pollock at GOA, snow crab at Bering Sea and green Crab invasive potential in California System. Carolina holds a PhD in Oceanography fom the University of Cape Town (SouthAfrica). Her ongoing research interest is related to modeling impact of climate variability and change on biophysical compartments, marine ecosystems and fisheries.

Dr. Parada has been one of the lead organizers of the South Pacific Integrated Ecosystem Studies Program (SPICES).


Hans-O. Pörtner
Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Germany

Workshop 2 Invited Speaker
Invited Speaker

Education: University of Münster and Düsseldorf,
PhD in animal physiology, 1983, Habilitation 1990;
Research fellowship, German Research Council, Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, Nova Scotia;
Heisenberg fellow, German Research Council, Lovelace Medical Foundation, Albuquerque, NM;
Current Position: Professor and Head, Div. of Integrative Ecophysiology,
Alfred Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Research, Bremerhaven, FRG,

Research interests:
Effects of climate scenarios, ocean acidification, hypoxia on marine animals and ecosystems:

  1. Physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms limiting tolerance and biogeography in invertebrates and fish. Cellular and whole animal energy budgets in various climate regimes. Molecular mechanisms of adaptation and limitation.
  2. The concept of oxygen and capacity limited thermal tolerance (OCLTT) as a matrix integrating temperature, oxygen and CO2 effects on marine animals and ecosystems,
  3. Roles of climate oscillations in evolutionary history

More than 250 publications in peer reviewed journals, several invited contributions and keynotes, h-index 44(+), appr. 7000 lifetime citation

Workshop 3
Marine bird and mammal spatial ecology

Martin Renner
Tern Again Consulting, USA

Workshop 3
Invited Speaker


Workshop 4
Tools, approaches and challenges for accessing and integrating distributed datasets

Roy Mendelssohn

Workshop 4
Invited Speaker

Roy Mendelssohn is a Supervisory Operations Research Analyst at the Environmental Research Division (ERD), Southwest Fisheries Science Center. For over thirty years he has researched climate change in the ocean and its effects on marine populations. For the last 15 years he has been leading a group at ERD that provides an array of environmental data to researchers, managers, and students through web services and web pages. He is either presently or has been a member of numerous groups developing data management and transport standards for NOAA, inter-governmental committees, and for the Open Geospatial Consortium.


Rich Signell
Woods Hole Science Center, USA

Workshop 4
Invited Speaker

Rich Signell is a research oceanographer at the US Geological Survey in Woods Hole. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Engineering with a B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in 1983, obtained a MS in Physical Oceanography from MIT in 1987, and a PhD from the WHOI/MIT Joint Program in Physical Oceanography in 1989.
Early work at the USGS focused on dispersion and transport in coastal waters, and included the hydrodynamic simulations for the relocation of Boston’s sewage outfall to clean up of Boston Harbor.  He has worked on a number of environmental sediment issues, including
Massachusetts Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, and Long Island Sound.   He
also worked for the NATO Undersea Research Center in La Spezia, Italy
from 2001-2004.    Rich has a long-standing interest in data
management, analysis and visualization, promoting standards and standards-based modeling tools for the last 20 years.

Workshop 6
Economic Impacts of harmful algal blooms on fisheries and aquaculture

Daniel Huppert
University of Washington, USA

Workshop 6
Invited Speaker

Dr. Huppert is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington in Seattle, having retired from his Full Professor position in June 2011. After earning a PhD in economics from the UW in 1975, he worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service in San Diego for 15 years, exploring economic aspects of tuna policy and leading efforts to develop management plans for anchovy, mackerel, and squid fisheries. He participated on anchovy management plan team and the Scientific and Statistical Committee (1981-1989) for the Pacific Fishery Management Council. In 1989 he joined the School of Marine affairs faculty at the University of Washington. He taught courses in marine resources management and economics at the School of Marine Affairs. He served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s SSC from 1898 through 1994. His research interests include ocean fisheries management, marine aquaculture, watershed planning and management, and coastal management. He participated on research projects involving coastal impacts of climate change in Washington State and economics of razor clam beach closures due to hazardous algal blooms. He has performed research for the National Marine Fisheries Service, including developing a report on the economics of salmon recovery, and participated on National Research Council Committees.  Currently, he serves on the Independent Economic Analysis Board for the Pacific Northwest Power and Conservation Council and the PCMC SSC.



Workshop 7
Traditional seafoods of coastal aboriginal communities in the North Pacific: Insight into food, social and ceremonial uses at Snuneymux’w First Nation in Nanaimo, British Columbia


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