PICES 2014 Annual Meeting
Toward a better understanding of the North Pacific: Reflecting on the past and steering for the future
Oct. 16-26, Yeosu, Korea
Last update - July 14, 2014
Invited Speakers
Session 1 (Science Board Symposium)
Toward a better understanding of the North Pacific: Reflecting on the past and steering for the future

Iris Hendriks
University of the Balearic Islands, Spain

Session 1 Invited Speaker

Iris Hendriks defended her PhD on dispersal of bivalve larvae and hydrodynamics at the University of Groningen working at NIOO-KNAW, CEME (now NIOZ), the Netherlands, in 2004. Since then she has been working in Spain, for the Spanish Research Council and the University of the Balearic Islands at IMEDEA (Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies), Mallorca. Moving south has not prevented her from tackling a wide range of subjects, over a wide range of latitudes. The main focus of her post-doctorate research has been on seagrass meadows, through their interaction with hydrodynamics; evaluating particle retention and wave attenuation. But she also examined the chemical ecosystem-engineering role of vegetation through modification of the carbonate system by primary production and possible facilitation of calcification for associated fauna under future scenarios of ocean acidification. This last subject has brought her to the Arctic to study the influence of coastal vegetation on the pH of the surrounding water as well as the direct influence of ocean acidification on the most sensitive life phase of bivalves: their larvae.


Akihide Kasai
Kyoto University, Japan

Session 1 Invited Speaker

Dr. Akihide Kasai is an associate professor of Field Science Education and Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan. His research interests and experience span a wide range of topics from physical oceanography to marine ecosystems in coastal areas and estuaries with observations and numerical modeling. Currently he gets involved in research groups in Coastal Ecosystem Complex project, which tries to clarify the structure of ecosystems, function of biological productivity, and mechanisms of their variability. He is also a core member of the Connectivity of Hills, Humans and Oceans (CoHHO) study, which is a new science focusing on the connectivity of marine ecosystems with forest, river and human activities, founded in the Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research, Kyoto University.



Jacquelynne King
Pacific Biological Station, Canada

Session 1 Invited Speaker

Dr. Jacquelynne (Jackie) King is a Research Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) in Nanaimo, British Columbia. She received her PhD in Limnology from the University of Toronto in 1997 and began her career in marine ecology as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Pacific Biological Station studying north Pacific regime shifts. Her current research includes climate change impacts on marine ecosystems and methods of incorporating climate variability into stock assessment advice.

She has published research on a suite of disciplines including marine fish life history strategies, statistical methodology, climate impacts on ecosystems, ageing methodology, stock assessment, fish population dynamics and behavioural ecology. She is also Head of the Canadian Pacific Shark Research Program and has published research on age determination, migration, stock delineation and assessment of chondrichthyans. Within PICES, she was Chair of the Study Group “Fisheries and Ecosystem Responses to Recent Regime Shifts", a member of the Climate Forcing and Marine Ecosystem Response Task Team of the CCCC Program, a member of Working Group 16 “Climate Change, Shifts in Fish Production, and Fisheries Management”, a member of the FUTURE Science Plan Writing Team, and a member of Joint PICES/ICES Working Group 25 “Forecasting Climate Change Impacts on Fish and Shellfish”. She is currently a member of the FUTURE COVE-Advisory Panel, the FIS Committee, the PICES/ICES Section on “Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems”, the Study Group on “Socio-Ecological-Environmental Systems” and Working Group 27 “North Pacific Climate Variability and Change”. Dr. King recently was a member of the PICES Evaluation Panel responsible for the midpoint review of the FUTURE Science Program and progress made towards the FUTURE goals.

Session 2
Strengths and limitations of habitat modeling: Techniques, data sources, and predictive capabilities

Hiroto Murase
National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries, Japan

Session 2
Invited Speaker

Dr. Hiroto Murase is a researcher of the Cetacean Resources Group at the National Research Institute of Far Seas, Japan. He received his BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University and PhD in Environmental Science from Hokkaido University. He has studied various aspects of ecology of cetaceans including spatial distribution, prey-predator relationship and ecosystem modelling. He has more than 10 years of experience in studying cetaceans both in the Antarctic and North Pacific. He has also studied various planktons and fishes using fisheries acoustics. He serves as a Japanese delegate/invited participant to the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission. He has involved in a number of Japanese domestic and international cetacean sighting survey projects. His current research interests include the basin-scale spatial distribution of cetaceans in the North Pacific, the circumpolar spatial distribution of cetaceans in the Antarctic and the behavior study of cetaceans.


Martin Renner
University of Washington, USA

Session 2
Invited Speaker

Martin is a research scientist, working as a consultant for US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Geological Survey. He studied biology and Marine Science in Germany, New Zealand, and Canada. He received a PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland for a study on the behavioral ecology of seabirds in the Aleutians. Subsequently he was a postdoc at the University of Washington working on seabird ecology and distribution in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Archipelago. Martin is interested in advanced algorithms for distribution modeling, community ecology and quantitative methods in seabird ecology. Current projects include a risk assessment of oil spills to seabirds in the Aleutians and the effect of climate change on the distribution and abundance of seabird communities in the eastern Bering Sea. 

Session 3
Tipping points: defining reference points for ecological indicators of multiple stressors in coastal and marine ecosystem

Phillip Levin
NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center, USA

Session 3
Invited Speaker

Phillip Levin is a Senior Scientist and leads the Ecosystem Science Program and the Nearshore Ecology Team at NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA, USA. Dr. Levin is a community ecologist and conservation biologist who is interested In bridging the gaps between theory and practice in conservation biology and fisheries science, and developing modeling and statistical approaches to inform ecosystem-based management of marine systems.  The main focus of his current work is on developing scientific tools to inform Ecosystem-based Management in the United States (and beyond).  Levin has led the development of new analytical tools for characterizing ecosystem health and forecasting the cumulative effects of fisheries management and coastal zone management and climate change on living marine resources.  Dr. Levin received the Department of Commerce Silver Award and NOAA’s Bronze Medal for his work on marine ecosystems, and the Seattle Aquarium’s Conservation Research Award for his work in Puget Sound.  He has published over 140 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and technical reports, and his work has been featured in such news outlets as NPR, the BBC, MSBNC, The Economist, among others.  Levin served as the Senior Editor of the scientific journal, Conservation Letters, the President of the Western Society of Naturalists, and has served on numerous editorial boards and scientific advisory panels.  Before joining the National Marine Fisheries Service in 1999, Dr. Levin was an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University.  He received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of New Hampshire in and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina.



Tetsuo Yanagi
Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Japan

Session 3
Invited Speaker

Dr. Tetsuo Yanagi retired from the Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University in 2013 and he is a professor Emeritus of Kyushu University.  He was a SAP member of IGBP/START/SARCS from 1993 to 1997 and a SSC member of IGBP/LOICZ from 1993 to 1998.  He published “Coastal Oceanography” (1999) Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 162p, “Sato-Umi; A new concept for coastal sea management” (2007) TERRAPUB, Tokyo, 86p and “Japanese Commons in the Coastal Seas: How the Satoumi concept harmonizes human activity in coastal seas with high productivity and diversity” (2013) Springer, Tokyo, 113p.   

Session 4
Use of long time series of plankton to inform decisions in management and policy concerning climate, ecosystems and fisheries

Martin Lindegren
DTU National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Denmark

Session 4
Invited Speaker

Martin Lindegren is a research scientist at the Centre for Ocean Life, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Denmark. He received his basic training in biology, limnology and theoretical ecology at Lund University, Sweden and obtained his PhD in marine and fisheries sciences from Copenhagen University, Denmark for a modeling study on the joint effects of climate change, species interactions and fisheries on the food-web dynamics of the Baltic Sea. This work showed how climate induced changes have affected the level of fishing that fish stocks can sustain and was awarded the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America in 2010. Recently, Martin held a fellowship at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, where he presented novel insight on the underlying mechanisms of sardine-anchovy cycles, as well as key input to sardine management. Furthermore, Martin is an active member and previous chair of an ICES expert group developing holistic ecosystem-based management practices in the Baltic Sea and beyond.


Abigail McQuatters-Gollop

Session 4
Invited Speaker

Abigail McQuatters-Gollop is a political ecologist at the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS), which operates the Continuous Plankton Recorder survey. She completed her MA in Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Atmospheric Science, USA, and went on to receive a PhD from University of Plymouth, UK. She is a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow and is leading the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive for pelagic habitats for the UK and OSPAR. Abigail is leading development of policy-related research and science-policy integration at SAHFOS. Abigail’s work focuses on marine ecological responses to anthropogenic and climate change and the subsequent integration of results into the policy process. A key area of interest lies in the separation of climate responses in the plankton from those due to anthropogenic disturbances, and the linking of ecological state changes to manageable human drivers. Abigail is active in the ICES Working Group on Biodiversity Indicators and SCOR’s Working Group on Phytoplankton Time-Series.

Session 5
Ecosystem considerations in fishery management of cod and other important demersal species

Kenneth Drinkwater
Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Session 5
Invited Speaker

Ken Drinkwater has been involved in research on physical oceanography and climate variability and their effects on the marine ecosystem including fish and fisheries for over 35 years.  The first 30 years were at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) in Dartmouth, Canada, where he worked closely with fisheries scientists and marine biologists to examine evidence for impact of climate variability on marine food webs and their processes.  For his work, he was awarded the Applied Oceanography Prize from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. In August of 2003, he joined the Institute of Marine Research and the Bjerknes Center for Climate Research in Bergen Norway where he has continued his work on ocean climate and its marine impacts.  During the International Polar Year (IPY) he led an interdisciplinary studying investigating the physical and ecological processes at the Arctic fronts in the Norwegian and Barents seas.  He is a former chair of the ICES/GLOBEC Cod and Climate Change (CCC) Program is presently co-chair of the Ecosystems Studies of Sub-Arctic Seas (ESSAS) Program under IMBER. He was co-author of the the Marine System chapter in the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) to assess possible consequences of climate change on the Arctic and is presently a review editor for the Ocean Systems chapter within Working Group II of the IPCC.  He also sits on the Scientific Steering Committee of IMBER and the Scientific Steering Group of CLIVAR.


Robyn Forrest
Pacific Biological Station, Canada

Session 5
Invited Speaker

Dr Robyn Forrest is a Research Scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Pacific Biological Station (PBS), Nanaimo. She obtained her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2009 and a BSc (Hons 1, University Medal) from the University of Sydney in 2000. She has published several papers on relationships between life history, selectivity, density dependence in recruitment and fishery reference points. She is currently leading projects on understanding drivers of productivity for Pacific Cod; use of feedback simulation models to evaluate the performance of alternative management procedures under structural uncertainty; and effects of individual quotas and 100% observer coverage on spatial distribution of fishing effort. Her PhD focused on estimation of productivity parameters for data-limited species and use of ecosystem models for evaluating trade-offs in multispecies fisheries (https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/3417). In February 2006, she visited the Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Hobart), where she collaborated with Drs Beth Fulton and Marie Savina on a project to compare the predictions of structurally-different ecosystem models. 

She is Canadian scientific advisor to the Commissioners of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (www.iphc.int), where she is also a member of the bilateral Scientific Review Board and the Management Strategy Advisory Board. She is program head for the Pacific Cod and Groundfish Statistics programs at PBS, where she has led stock assessments for Pacific Cod (Gadus macrocephalus) and Pacific Hake (Merluccius productus), and is currently a member of the technical committee for the 2014 assessment of Arrowtooth Flounder (Atheresthes stomias). She has been Adjunct Faculty at UBC since July 2011 and maintains links with UBC through the Canadian Fisheries Research Network (http://www.cfrn-rcrp.ca/Public-Home-EN) and through collaborations with Dr Murdoch McAllister and Dr William Cheung. She is currently co-supervising two students at Simon Fraser University and UBC.



Yasunori Sakurai
Hokkaido University, Japan

Session 5
Invited Speaker

Dr. Yasunori Sakurai (sakurai@fish.hokudai.ac.jp) is professor at Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. His research focuses on reproductive biology, strategy, and stock fluctuations of gadid fish (walleye pollock, Pacific cod, and Arctic cod), cephalopods (ommastrephid and loliginid squids) related to climate change, and the biology of marine mammals (Steller sea lion and seals). He has directed a number of national research projects and programmes focus on ecosystem-based management for sustainable fisheries in Japan. He has been member of Cephalopod International Advisory Counsel (CIAC), Ecosystem Study of Sub-Arctic Ecosystem (ESSAS) and PICES Programme. He is chair of Japanese Society of Fisheries Oceanography (JSFO) during 2009-2012.

Oct. 1997 - Oct. 2000 co-chairman of PICES MONITOR Task Team

Session 6
Climate change impacts on spatial distributions of marine fish and shellfish

Elvira Poloczanska
CSIRO, Australia

Session 6
Invited Speaker

Dr Poloczanska has expertise in climate change ecology, ecological modelling and coastal ecosystems.

Current activities:

Dr Elvira Poloczanska's focus is on the development of tools to assess vulnerability of species, habitats and regions to climate change, the direct and indirect mechanisms through which climate change impacts manifest on our marine biodiversity, and communication of impacts science.

Dr Poloczanska has expertise in climate change ecology, ecological modelling and coastal ecosystems.

Her current projects are:

  • Coastal ecosystem responses to climate change
  • iClimate: a database of climate change facts for Australia
  • Global meta-analysis of climate change impacts on marine ecosystems
  • Review of ocean acidification knowledge and research.


Session 7
Recent assessments of climate change impacts on marine ecosystems

Richard Feely
Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, NOAA, USA

Session 7
Invited Speaker

Dr. Richard A. Feely is a NOAA Senior Fellow at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification processes. He received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, in St Paul, Minnesota in 1969. He then went onto Texas A&M University where he received both a M.S. degree in 1971 and a Ph.D. degree in 1974. Both of his post-graduate degrees were in chemical oceanography. He is the co-chair of the U.S. CLIVAR/CO2 Repeat Hydrography Program. He was a past member of the Steering Committee for the U.S. Carbon and Biochemistry Program and he is presently a member of the U.S. Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification. He is also a member of the International IMBER-SOLAS Ocean Acidification Group. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Oceanography Society. Dr. Feely has authored more than 240 refereed research publications.  He was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Award in 2006 for research on ocean acidification. In 2007, Dr. Feely was elected to be a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. In 2010 he was be awarded the Heinz Environmental Award for his pioneering research on ocean acidification.


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

Session 7
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


Meryl J. Williams
AsiaPacific-FishWatch, Australia/Malasia

Session 7
Invited Speaker

Dr. Meryl Williams current interests center on delivering comprehensive public information on fisheries and aquaculture through AsiaPacific-Fishwatch, which she initiated through the Asian Fisheries Society. She is also a leader in the Society’s long running activities on improving gender equality in aquaculture and fisheries.

Currently also, she is involved in several non-executive positions, including Chair of the Australian Common Languages Custodian Group on seafood sustainability, member of the Governing Board of the Institute for Crop Research in the Semi-Arid Tropics, and Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation. In 2013 and 2014, she was a member of the team of the United Nations High Level Panel on of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition responsible for the report “Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition.”

From 1994 to 2004, she was the Director General of the WorldFish Center, concentrating the Center focus on eradicating poverty, improving people’s nutrition, and reducing pressure on the environment. Prior to that, she worked in fisheries research in the Queensland State Government (Australia) and the Australian Government, and for the Tuna Programme of the Secretariat for the Pacific Community.

Dr. Williams was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Technology and Engineering in 1993, and awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003 for her contributions in marine science to Australian society and government. In 2004, she was elected an Honorary Life Member of the Asian Fisheries Society. She has also written over 100 research papers, technical reports, conference proceedings and books.

Dr. Williams holds a B.Sc. from the University of Queensland and James Cook University, a Diploma in Education from the University of Queensland, a PhD in both Zoology and a Masters in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Queensland.

Session 8
Marine debris in the Ocean: Sources, transport, fate and effects of macro- and micro-plastics

Marcus Eriksen
5 Gyres Institute, USA

Session 8 Invited Speaker

Marcus Eriksen is currently the Executive Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Science Education from University of Southern California in 2003, months before embarking on a 2000-mile, 5-month journey down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft. His experience on the river led to a career studying the ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing 35,000 miles through all 5 subtropical gyres to discover new garbage patches of plastic pollution in the Southern Hemisphere.

Still rafting, his most recent adventure sent him and a colleague across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii on JUNK, a homemade raft floating on 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessina airplane fuselage as a cabin (junkraft.com). The journey, 2,600 miles in 88 days, brought attention to the work of the 5 Gyres Institute, the organization he co-founded with his wife Anna Cummins. Together, they co-founded 5 Gyres, which is committed to marine conservation through continued research, education and adventure, studying and lecturing about the plague of plastic waste in our watersheds and in the sea.

His first book, titled “My River Home” (Beacon Press, 2007) chronicled his Mississippi River experience paralleled with his tour as a Marine in the 1991 Gulf War. The experience of war, sailing across the gyres with diverse crews, and long rafting voyages, have led to a strong conservation ethic worth fighting for. “We must understand and define conservation as self-preservation – a rationale that crosses all boundaries between all people.”



Francois Galgani
Institut Fran¸cais de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), France

Session 8 Invited Speaker

Dr. F Galgani  is project Manager at IFREMER and Head of the IFREMER laboratory in Corsica/France. He has 30 years of Research with over 100 peer reviewed articles in Scientific journals and many reports/ book chapters, posters/symposium papers And one book on marine litter. 

He has been involved for a long time in research and Monitoring  in the Mediterranean Sea with more than 60 cruises covering All european regions with special focus on chemistry/ecotoxicology And marine 
litter. He was Scientific coordinator of various europeann projects   
dedicated to monitoring.

He is Chairman of the EC/ DG Env/MSFD technical group on marine litter,  National referent for the French ministry of the Environment (MSFD Descriptor 10) , coordinating the PERSEUS task 2.3.5 on marine litter and member of various International Committees (member of the UNEP/MEDPOL Cluster group on pollution/litter/ ECAP, Expert for the MEDPOL regional action plan on marine litter, NCEAS/Univ. of California  group on Marine Litter).


Sunwook Hong
Our Sea of East Asia Network (OSEAN), Korea

Session 8 Invited Speaker

Dr. Sunwook (Sunny) Hong is a research scientist and President of Our Sea of East Asia Network (OSEAN) which is a non-profit organization in South Korea, dedicated to research, education, policy development, and international cooperation to protect marine environment from marine litter. OSEAN is a network hub for cooperation of scientists, governments, citizens, and private sectors.

She received her BS and MS in Oceanography from Seoul National University and PhD in Ecological Engineering from Pukong National University. She began her career in marine debris issue as a researcher at Korea Maritime Institute in 2001 and has served as a country coordinator of International Coastal Cleanup since 2002. She worked for an NGO, Korea Marine Rescue Center and then founded OSEAN in 2009.

Major themes of her work are seeking solutions to marine debris problem in Korea and Asian region and implementing efficient strategies: (1) understanding pollution state, sources, and abundant items through nationwide beach debris monitoring and citizen science, (2) understanding impacts on wildlife, economy, etc, (3) finding solutions of main contributors on the basis of decision-making process and community participation, (4) planning national and local government policies for prevention at sources, (5) educating and training  stakeholders, NGOs, and school teachers, (6) cooperating with Japanese and East Asian NGOs to solve regional issues, (7) organizing International Coastal Cleanup and promoting for public awareness, and (8) encouraging private sectors to raise recycling of abundant items found on Korean beaches and to develop technical alternatives.


Hideshige Takada
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

Session 8 Invited Speaker

Position : Professor, Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry, Tokyo

Hideshige Takada was born in 1959. He received his Ph.D. from the Tokyo Metropolitan University (Environmental Organic Geochemistry) in 1989. He has been working in Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology as an assistant professor, an associate professor, and a professor for 28 years. His speciality is a trace analysis of organic micropollutants. The target compounds include persistent organic pollutants (POPs; e.g., PCBs, DDTs, PAHs), endocrine disrupting chemicals (e.g., nonylphenol, bisphenol A), pharmaceuticals (e.g., triclosan, sulfamethoxazole) as well as anthropogenic molecular markers (e.g., linear alkylbenzenes, coprostanol, artificial sweeteners, benzothiazoles, crotamition). His research field encompasses from Tokyo Bay and its vicinities to Southeast Asian to Africa.

In 2005, Hideshige Takada started International Pellet Watch, global monitoring of POPs by using beached plastic resin pellets (http://www.pelletwatch.org/). He has been working with ~ 50 NGO and individuals who have concern about marine plastic pollution. International Pellet Watch tells us the risk associated with chemicals accumulated in plastic debris in marine environments and their potential adverse effects on marine ecosystem.

Hideshige Takada is an author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and more than 20 invited conferences.

Session 9
Variability in advection and its biological consequences for Subarctic and Arctic ecosystems

Georgina Gibson
International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Session 9 Invited Speaker

Professional Interests
I am interested in how changes in the physical ocean influence biological production. My research centers on using computational approaches to explore and predict marine ecosystem dynamics in high latitude seas. I specialize in lower trophic level food web models and individual based transport models.

I am involved in a number of marine ecosystem modeling projects in the Arctic, Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska...


Session 10
Regional climate modeling in the North Pacific

Enrique Curchitser
Rutgers University, USA

Session 10
Invited Speaker

Enrique Curchitser is an oceanographer based at Rutgers University in New Jersey, U.S.A. His main interests are the intersection of climate and ecosystems, regional climate impacts and numerical modeling. His current projects range from understanding the role of boundary currents in the global climate system to downscaling climate scenarios in the Bering Sea to trying to understand the low-frequency fluctuations in the global sardine populations. Some of his professional appointments include U.S. representative to the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) Physical Oceanography and Climate Committee, Co-chair of PICES Working Group on Regional Climate Modeling, and U.S. representative to the International Climate Variability working group on ocean model development (CLIVAR-WGOMD), the newly formed CLIVAR panel on upwelling and the U.S. CLIVAR panel on Predictability, Predictions and Applications Interface (PPAI).


Eun Soon Im
Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Singapore

Session 10
Invited Speaker

Dr. Im is a research scientist at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). Her work at SMART mostly focuses on the development of the MIT Regional Climate Model (MRCM) and the improvement of the regional climate simulation over the Maritime Continent.

During almost 10 years including PhD degree, post doctoral experience, and current position, she has studied the regional climate change and variability using a dynamical downscaling technique. The overall goal of her research is to investigate the potential change in regional climate due to global warming and to produce higher quality regional climate information for comprehensive impact assessment.


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Hyun-Suk Kang
National Institute of Meteorological Research, Korea

Session 10
Invited Speaker

Hyun-Suk Kang is working at National Institute of Meteorological Research (NIMR) of Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA). His expertise is in development of a regional climate model and its application for land-atmosphere interaction. Since 2008, he has been involved in CORDEX program and led the CORDEX-East Asia activity as a coordinator for East-Asian regional climate modelling community. He is also responsible for the research of seasonal forecast of KMA. He plays a role as a manager of International Coordination Office (ICO) of WMO Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) project since 2014.


Hyoun-Woo Kang
KIOST-PML Science Office, UK

Session 10
Invited Speaker

Hyoun-Woo Kang is working at the KIOST-PML Science Office hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), United Kingdom since October 2011. His research background is ocean circulation modelling and is interested in the topics such as “interactions between global to regional models”, “The response of the ocean to the tropical cyclones and the role of it”, and   “the climate projection of ocean state”. Hs is, in principle, a research scientist in Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) since 2003 but is now working for the coordination of research collaboration between the two institutes as well as with European marine institutes. Before joining in the KIOST, he spent a couple of years dealing with Indo-Pacific ocean circulation model focusing on the Indonesian Throughflow and the low latitude western boundary currents as a post-doctoral fellow at the International Pacific Research Center in Hawaii after he got Ph.D. with the coupled tide and wind driven circulation modelling in the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea in Seoul National University, 2001. The key collaborative theme between the KIOST and PML is the ecosystem modelling and satellite remote sensing as well as observation of the biogeochemical variables in regard with climate change and ocean acidification. Besides the coordination of these collaborative work, he himself actively involves in the marine ecosystem modelling and drives the application and improvement of the POLCOMS-ERSEM coupled marine system model to the Northwestern Pacific Marginal Seas which is originally developed at PML.


Kei Sakamoto
Meteorological Research Institute, Japan

Session 10
Invited Speaker

I am a researcher of Meteorological Research Institute in Tsukuba, Japan. I received my PhD in physical oceanography from the Kyoto University in 2008. My research interests are coastal ocean dynamics such as coastal currents, turbulent mixing processes, and tides. Currently, I focus on developing a high-resolution Japanese coastal ocean model for operational monitoring and forecasting by Japanese Meteorological Agency.


Hyodae Seo
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

Session 10
Invited Speaker

Dr. Seo is an Assistant Scientist at the Physical Oceanography Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of California San Diego. His research interests span a broad range of areas including the ocean, atmosphere, sea-ice and land, and their interactions relating to climate. He is particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of air-sea coupled feedback on the oceanic mesoscale (10-100km) and submeso-scale (1-10km) regimes. He is the lead developer of a high-regional ocean-atmosphere coupled modeling system known as the Scripps Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Regional model (SCOAR). SCOAR is designed to advance dynamical understanding of multi-scale ocean-atmosphere-land coupling and to assess the influence on the regional weather system and climate variability. Insights gained from process-oriented coupled modeling studies are used for physically-motivated scalings and empirical parameterizations to benefit coarse-resolution models. Efforts for understanding regional climate process using SCOAR model also lead to developing regional climate change scenarios using projection and uncertainty information from global climate models to study practical regional-to-local impacts of the large-scale climate changes. 

Weblink: http://www.whoi.edu/science/PO/people/hseo/
Session 11
Ecological and human social analyses and issues relating to Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture

Thierry Chopin
University of New Brunswick, Canada

Session 11 Invited Speaker

Dr. Thierry Chopin was born and educated in France. He obtained his Doctorate from the University of Western Brittany, Brest, France. He moved to Canada in 1989 and is presently Professor of Marine Biology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.
Dr. Chopin’s research focuses on the ecophysiology and biochemistry of seaweeds of commercial value and the development of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) systems for environmental sustainability (ecosystem services and green technologies for improved ecosystem health), economic stability (product diversification, risk reduction and job creation in coastal communities) and societal acceptability (better management practices, improved regulatory governance and appreciation of differentiated and safe products).

Dr. Chopin has published 107 refereed papers, 20 book chapters, 39 non-refereed publications, 349 abstracts (presented at 214 scientific meetings in 36 countries on 6 continents), 1 English/French DVD, 1 YouTube video and has frequent contacts with the media (magazine articles, newspapers/radio/TV interviews and documentaries).
Dr. Chopin is the Scientific Director of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN).

He is Past President of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, the Phycological Society of America and the International Seaweed Association. He is an advisor to the International Foundation for Science, in Stockholm, and a member of the Editorial Boards of the journal Aquaculture International and the professional magazine Fish Farming International.

Dr. Chopin is the recipient of the NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, the Aquaculture Association of Canada Research Award of Excellence, the New Brunswick BioSciences Achievement Award, the R3 (Research, Results, Recognition) Award of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation and the Simply the Best Award of the UNB Associated Alumni.

Dr. Chopin is also Honorary Consul of France and Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.



Mark Flaherty
University of Victoria, Canada

Session 11 Invited Speaker

My research focuses on the social and environmental impacts that the development of coastal aquaculture has on rural communities in tropical developing countries.  I have recently been involved in aquaculture projects in Thailand, India and Brazil.  Currently I am Director of the Southern Oceans Education and Development (SOED) project (2007-2013), which is being undertaken in collaboration with Universidade Eduardo Mondale (UEM) in Mozambique and the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil. Other partners involved are Empresa de Pesquisa Agropecuária e Extensão Rural de Santa Catarina (Epagri), Brazil,Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvimento da Pesca de Pequeno Escala (IDPPE) Mozambique, Instituto Nacional de Investigação Pesqueira (IIP) Mozambique, Ministério das Pescas, Departamento de Aquicultura Mozambique. The main goal of SOED is draw upon Canadian and Brazilian expertise to increase teaching and research capacity at UEM’s School of Marine and Coastal Sciences, in the areas of coastal zone management and aquaculture. Training is being provided in Mozambique, Brazil and Canada. The project is also developing a coastal aquaculture extension program that will help improve food security and promote sustainable livelihoods in coastal communities. Funding is provided by the Canadian Development Agency (CIDA) through its University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development (UPCD) Tier 2 program. Total project budget is $2,142,000.

I presently sit on the Board of Directors of the Pacific SEA-Lab Research Society. This is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the development of Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture (SEA) systems www.pacifcsea-lab.com

I am also one of the directors of the Coastal Aquaculture Research and Training (CART) Network (Tropical Initiatives) along with Dr. Stephen Cross who is Director of CART Temperate Initiatives, which is being developed at UVic.




Susanna Nurdjaman
Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Session 11 Invited Speaker

Dr. Susanna Nurdjaman is an assistant professor of Oceanography Department, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. She completed her doctor degree at Kyushu University with supervisor Prof. Tetsuo Yanagi in ecosystem modeling. Her research interests and experience span a wide range of topics from physical oceanography to marine ecosystems in coastal areas and estuaries with observations and numerical modeling. Some research project about environmental modeling such as water quality modeling, sediment transport, plankton dynamic and so on. Currently she gets involved in research groups in SATO UMI implementation at aquaculture in Indonesia.



Suhendar I Sachoemar
Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Indonesia

Session 11 Invited Speaker

Suhendar I Sachoemar
Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Indonesia

Dr. Suhendar I Sachoemar is a Professor of Coastal Oceanography and Marine Science at Center for  Agriculture Production Technology, Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) in Jakarta, Indonesia. He currently serves as Deputy Director of Center for Agriculture Production Technology, the Division of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry.  He also currently serves as national Group Leader of physical oceanography of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Asian Core Program to establish research and education network on coastal marine science in Southeast Asia, and as coordinator of  Indonesian Sato Umi research group to establish sustainable development of aquaculture model within Indonesian coastal area, and doing a research collaborate with the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES). He also engage on the research of coastal and marine environment assessment using remote sensing satellite oceanography and field observation data for fisheries and hydro dynamics oceanography study, and research on creating new strains of fish that can adapt to the environmental changes.  All research are dedicated to support national food security, increasing fisheries productivity,   optimizing the utilization of both marginal idle brackishwater pond and marine resources, anticipate the impact of climate change and global warming, and promotion of national and international collaboration research of the Indonesian coastal marine tropical area.   Dr. Suhendar holds a B.Sc. and a Master from Bogor Agriculture University, Indonesia in Fisheries, Environment and Natural Resources Management. He completed his Doctor of Science (D.Sc) in Coastal Oceanography and Marine Science from Kyushu University, Japan.

Workshop 1
Dynamics of pelagic fish in the North Pacific under climate change

Patrick Lehodey
Space Oceanography Division, CLS, France

Workshop 1
Invited Speaker

Dr Patrick Lehodey holds a PhD in Marine Biology (1994). He joined the Oceanic Fisheries Program (OFP) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (Nouméa, New Caledonia) and became the Principal Fisheries Scientist of the OFP tuna ecology/biology section in 2002. He joined CLS in 2006, a subsidiary of French Institutes CNES and IFREMER, based in Toulouse, France, to lead the Marine Ecosystem Modeling activities and became Head of the new CLS Marine Ecosystem Department in 2010. His areas of interests include the modeling of ocean ecosystems and fish population dynamics, and the management of marine resources under the combined impacts of fisheries, climate variability and climate change. He is the main contributor to the development of a spatial numerical model (SEAPODYM), driven by physical-biogeochemical ocean models and integrating knowledge on micronekton and large oceanic predators (e.g. tuna) biology and ecology, with a quantitative approach to estimate key parameters of energy transfer and population dynamics. This model is currently integrated in an operational system to propose real time monitoring of exploited tuna stocks. Patrick Lehodey was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of GLOBEC (2000-05) and co-chair of the GLOBEC/CLIOTOP (Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators) program until 2010.

Workshop 2
Linkages between the winter distribution of Pacific salmon and their marine ecosystems and how this might be altered with climate change

Katherine (Kate) Myers
University of Washington, USA

Workshop 2 Invited Speaker

Katherine W. Myers is Principal Investigator of the long-term (1953-present) High Seas Salmon Research Program at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington.  The overarching goal of her research is to increase scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of Pacific salmon and steelhead trout in the open ocean of the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea through retrospective, field, laboratory, and computer modeling research in cooperation with other scientists in Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United States. 




Hiromichi Ueno
Hokkaido University, Japan

Workshop 2 Invited Speaker

Hiromichi Ueno is an associate professor of Faculty of Fisheries Science, Hokkaido University, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Tokyo in 2003. His research includes (1) temperature inversions in the subarctic North Pacific, (2) intermediate-water circulation in the North Pacific, (3) physical properties of mesoscale eddies including eddy-eddy interaction, (4) relation between mesoscale eddies and biological production, (5) physical environment of Chukchi Sea and (6) physical environment affecting growth of Pacific salmon. He worked at Argo group, JAMSTEC from 2004 to 2009 as a research scientist studying temperature structure and mesoscale eddies in the subarctic North Pacific from the view point of physical oceanography. After moving to Hokkaido University, he studies the relation between physical environment and biological production in the subarctic North Pacific as well as physical environment in the Chukchi Sea and in the global ocean. Last year he started studies on physical environment affecting growth of Pacific salmon.



POC Committee
Best Poster Award

Workshop 3
Mitigation of harmful algal blooms: Novel approaches to a decades long problem affecting the viability of natural and aquaculture fisheries

David Kidwell
National Ocean Service, NOAA, USA

Workshop 3
Invited Speaker



Workshop 4
Networking ocean observatories around the North Pacific Ocean

Holger Brix
Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany

Workshop 4
Invited Speaker

Holger Brix is the Lead Scientist of the COSYNA (Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas) project, one of the largest integrated measurement systems worldwide. He received his PhD in physical oceanography from the University of Bremen and the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. His work as an Assistant Researcher and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of California Los Angeles, USA in marine biogeochemistry focussed on global carbon and oxygen cycles. In cooperation with colleagues from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, USA he developed a high-resolution global biogeochemical model for use in NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System Flux Project. Since January 2014, he works at the Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Germany, leading the integrated measurement and modelling efforts in COSYNA. His research interests include the study of physical and biogeochemical exchange processes between coastal regions and the open ocean and the applicability of regional coastal models on a global scale.

Workshop 5
SOLAS into the Future: Designing the next phase of the Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study within the context of the Future Earth Program



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