Plenary Speakers
Grégory Beaugrand
Université des Sciences et Technologies, France

Kendra L. Daly
University of South Florida, USA

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Kendra Daly is a biological oceanographer at the University of South Florida, College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has more than eight years of accumulated sea time, including more than 20 expeditions to polar regions. Her current projects include a Southern Ocean GLOBEC Pan-Regional Synthesis and Modeling project, an investigation of predator-prey interactions in the Ross Sea, a project in the eastern tropical north Pacific studying the effects of the oxygen minimum zone on food webs and biogeochemical cycles, an investigation of ecosystem response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and a project to develop a new generation of a zooplankton imaging system. In addition, Daly serves as a Project Scientist for the U.S. Ocean Observatories Initiative, as a member of the U.S. Comparative Analysis Marine Ecosystem Organization (CAMEO) Science Steering Committee, and is the Vice-Chair for the U.S. Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Science Steering Committee.

Roger Harris
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Roger Harris (R.Harris@pml.ac.uk) is a Senior Scientist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK. His main research interests are: the control of biological production by physical processes, the role of water column biology in global oceanic carbon flux and the ecology and physiology of calanoid copepods. He is past Chairman of the IGBP/SCOR/IOC GLOBEC Steering Committee and is currently Vice-President of the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science and an active member of the ICES Zooplankton Ecology Working Group. He has been involved in a number of editorial roles, currently principally as Editor of the Journal of Plankton Research and has also edited the Special Issues of ICES Journal of Marine Science for the Plymouth, Gijon and Hiroshima Zooplankton Symposia.

Torkel Gissel Nielsen
Technical University of Denmark

Plenary Speaker

Professor Torkel Gissel Nielsen (tgin@aqua.dtu.dk) is biological oceanographer based at Section for Oceanecology and Climate, Technical University of Denmark. He received his M.Sc. (in 1987), his PhD (in 1990) and Dr. scient (in 2005) from University of Copenhagen. His has conducted extensive field work in arctic, temperate and tropical ecosystems. His main interest is experimental plankton ecology with focus on structure and function of the pelagic food web. His current projects are focusing on the impact of climate change on the succession, composition and energy transfer in Greenlandic and North Atlantic pelagic ecosystems.


Deborah Steinberg
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Deborah Steinberg is a Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William and Mary. Her major areas of interest are zooplankton ecology and biogeochemical cycling, coastal and deep-sea food webs, effects of climate change on zooplankton community structure, and science education. She received her Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of California Santa Cruz, and was a Research scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences where she coordinated the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study program before coming to VIMS in 2001. Recent and current research projects include studies of mesopelagic zooplankton and particle flux in the subtropical and subarctic North Pacific, effects of climate change on zooplankton west of the Antarctic Peninsula, and zooplankton and nutrient cycling in the Amazon River plume. She is currently also an Associate Editor of Deep-Sea Research I, member of the Board of Trustees of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, and a University-National Laboratory System Council member.

Shin-ichi Uye
Hiroshima University, Japan

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Shin-ichi Uye, born in 1950, completed his bachelor and master degrees in Fisheries Science at Hiroshima University and was awarded his Ph.D. by Tohoku University in 1981. He initially studied the resting eggs of planktonic copepods, and expanded his research field to zooplankton production ecology through intensive studies on the population dynamics and productivity of major copepod species in Japanese coastal waters. Around 1990, he noticed a significant increase of unhealthy copepods coated in jellyfish mucus, and then gradually shifted his research interest to jellyfish biology. He is now involved in two jellyfish research projects, one is STOPJELLY (http://tnfri.fra.affrc.go.jp/kaiyo/POMALweb/e-pomal.html) as PI and another as a co-investigator in an international project studying the blooms of the giant jellyfish, Nemopilema nomurai. His tem has made great strides in understanding the life cycle and reproduction of this jellyfish species whose massive blooms cause severe damage to fisheries.

Dr. Uye was formerly President of the Plankton Society of Japan (2001-2004) and also formerly President of the World Association of Copepodologists (2005-2008). He is currently wearing two hats: one for a university administrator as Executive Vice-President (Education Office) of Hiroshima University, and another as a jellyfish researcher. He will be one of co-chairs of the newly established PICES Working Group on Jellyfish Blooms around the North Pacific Rim: Causes and Consequence.
Invited Speakers  
S1 Session
Effects of climate variability on secondary production and community structure

Mark Ohman
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA

Session 1 Invited Speaker

Mark Ohman (mohman@ucsd.edu) is Professor, and Curator of Pelagic Invertebrates, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. He is also lead PI of the California Current Ecosystem LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) site. He first developed an interest in zooplankton ecology as an undergraduate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and carried out his PhD training at the University of Washington, Seattle. His current interests include applications of inverse models in zooplankton population dynamics, the mechanisms through which climate change impacts pelagic communities, and uses of autonomous measurement methods (ocean gliders, free-fall profilers, moorings) for resolving event-scale ocean phenomena of relevance to zooplankton populations.

S2 Session
Ecological interactions: Links to upper and lower trophic levels

Diana Stoecker
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA

Session 2 Invited Speaker


Diane Stoecker is a biological oceanographer and professor at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory. She received a Ph.D. from the Ecology and Evolution Program at State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1979. Her research interests shifted from benthic invertebrates to microzooplankton while at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a post- doctoral scholar and then scientist. She moved to UMCES in 1991. Her research interests include microzooplankton grazing, mixotrophy (plastid retention and acquired phototrophy by planktonic ciliates and grazing by photosynthetic dinoflagellates), mesozooplankton grazing on microzooplankton, and species interactions in the plankton. Her present projects are on the effects of climate variation on the microzooplankton link in sub-Arctic planktonic food webs (BEST-BSIERP Program), on the effects of seasonal hypoxia on the importance of microzooplankton as food for copepods in Chesapeake Bay, and on trophodynamics of the photosynthetic ciliate Mesodinium rubrum and its cryptophytes prey.
S3 Session
Zooplankton life histories: Spatial connectivity, dormancy, and life cycle closure

Don Deibel
Memorial University, Canada

Session 3 Invited Speaker

I am Professor (Research) at the Ocean Sciences Centre of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Since obtaining my Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1980, and a one-year hiatus at the College of Charleston, I have been in Newfoundland working on the ecology of cold ocean plankton. I have led collaborative projects focused on the carbon cycle in Newfoundland fjords, describing the formation and fate of the spring diatom bloom at sub-zero water temperatures. This research produced exciting spin-off projects, including the seasonal life cycle and lipid storage dynamics of benthic boundary layer zooplankton. I have also worked extensively on the role of planktonic copepods and tunicates in the carbon cycle of four arctic polynyas, the Northeast Water polynya, the North Water polynya, the Amundsen Gulf polynya and the St. Lawrence Island polynya. During this time I was fortunate to hold an NSERC University Research Fellowship for 10 years, and was a theme leader within the Northwater polynya program (NOW) and the Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES). After working on salps and doliolids as a graduate student, I continued to pursue my curiosity about pelagic tunicates in Newfoundland, examining the feeding behaviour, feeding rates and population ecology of appendicularians living in the Labrador Current. It appears that the fishers of Newfoundland have known about cold ocean appendicularians for centuries, as the abandoned mucous houses of oikopleurids foul their fixed fishing gear. They call this fouling 'slub'. Imagine my excitement on finding that I had arrived at a place where pelagic tunicates were part of the local culture and historical knowledge!
S4 Session
Small-scale biological-chemical-physical interactions in the plankton

John Dower
University of Victoria, BC, Canada

Session 4 Invited Speaker

S5 Session
Zooplankton in upwelling and coastal systems

Rubén Escribano
COPAS, Universidad de Concepción, Chile

Session 5 Invited Speaker

Ruben Escribano is a professor of biological oceanography in University of Concepción, Chile, Department of Oceanography. He received a Ph.D. in Biology in 1991 from the Dalhousie University, Canada. Between 1992 and 2002 Ruben developed research on population biology of pelagic copepods from the upwelling area of northern Chile working at University of Antofagasta, Chile. In 2002 he moved on to University of Concepción in the south of Chile and initiated studies on zooplankton ecology in the central/southern upwelling region of Chile, as one of the principal investigators of the Center for Oceanographic Research in the Eastern South Pacific (COPAS). His main research seeks to understand and establish the links between variability of the physical and chemical environment of coastal upwelling zones and zooplankton responses at population and community level. Ruben was during 2005 and 2009 a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of GLOBEC, and since 2002 an active participant of Census of Marine Life Program through the OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System) project and the Census of Marine Zooplankton (CmarZ) project. Current research involves a combination of field data and experimental approaches as to assess how environmental change can modify the size structure and species composition of metazooplankton communities.
S6 Session
Zooplankton in polar ecosystems and extreme environments

Øystein Varpe
Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway

Session 6 Invited Speaker

Dr. Øystein Varpe is a biologist at the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI). He received his M.Sc. from University of Tromsø and his PhD (in 2007) from University of Bergen. Varpe is part of the Centre for Ice, Climate and Ecosystems (ICE) at NPI. His main research interests are in the field of evolutionary ecology and his work aims at understanding how individual variation in life history strategies and behavior are selected for and influence interactions between species as well as their population dynamics. He works in highly seasonal environments where the scheduling of annual events such as reproduction, energy storage, dormancy and migrations are key traits. Most of his work is on the ecology of seabirds, fish and zooplankton using simulation models as well as statistical analyses of data.
More about Varpe’s research at http://npweb.npolar.no/english/person/varpe
S7 Session
Zooplankton physiology and bioenergetics

Robert Campbell
University of Rhode Island, USA

Session 7 Invited Speaker

Bob Campbell is an Associate Marine Research Scientist at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island where he also received his Ph.D. in Oceanography. His main interests are in zooplankton physiological ecology, primarily focusing on feeding, growth, and reproduction of key copepod species. He has employed laboratory and field studies to address important ecological topics in zooplankton ecology including quantifying the effects of temperature and food on zooplankton growth and development, the role of zooplankton grazing in the initiation and control of harmful algal blooms, the ecological importance of zooplankton in carbon cycling and transformation processes in Arctic and Subarctic seas, and using knowledge of the physiology and life history traits of a species to both explain current distributions and predict future distributions in a changing environment. He has worked in a variety of marine environments from Narragansett Bay, RI to the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank and from the Bering Sea to the Canada Basin and adjacent shelf seas in the Arctic Ocean. He conducts research from small boats to large icebreakers and has even worked from an ice camp on the Arctic Ocean.
S8 Session
The role of zooplankton in biogeochemical cycles

Santiago Hernandez-Leon
Universidad de Las Palmas de GC, Spain

Session 8 Invited Speaker

Dr. Santiago Hernández-León is a biological oceanographer at the Institute of Oceanography and Global Change in the Canary Islands. He obtained the degree in biology in 1980 and received a Ph.D in Oceanography in 1986 from the Universidad de La Laguna (Canary Islands). He is professor of zoology in the marine sciences school at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. His research interest is related to the effect of climate on the ecology and physiology of plankton communities. He has been working on the role of micro- and mesozooplankton in the oceanic carbon flux from the Arctic to Antarctica, but he is especially interested in the assessment of the active flux due to vertical migrants in subtropical waters. He is also interested in the study of trophic cascades and how they affect the ocean biogeochemistry.
S9 Session
The diverse role of meroplankton in the biology and ecology of marine systems

Jesús Pineda
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

Session 9 Invited Speaker

As a boy, Jesús Pineda traveled each summer from his home in Mexico City to his grandmother’s ranch in central Mexico, where he fished for catfish from a local river. That interest spurred a biology and oceanography career, and he quickly found barnacles, sea anemones, and other invertebrates more intriguing than fish. After earning BS and MS degrees in biological oceanography and marine ecology at Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, and CICESE in Ensenada, Mexico, he completed doctoral studies in oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He joined Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a postdoctoral scholar before becoming an associate scientist. For his research, he has explored coastlines in the West and East coasts of the United States, as well as Mexico, Panama, and Saudi Arabia. The main theme at Pineda’s lab is the study of recruitment of benthic invertebrates end to end, from spawning to settlement, and to survival to adulthood. In particular, he has studied how larvae of coastal invertebrates are transported back to adult habitats by internal tidal bores. He has also studied larval settlement, and the survival of these settlers to reproductive age. Pineda often studies barnacles “…because they are a model system for marine ecology, the same way fruit flies are a model system in genetics”. For more information visit Pineda’s lab website http://science.whoi.edu/labs/pinedalab/index.html
W1 Workshop
Zooplankton Individual Based Models

Wendy C. Gentleman
Dalhousie University, Canada

Workshop 1 Invited Speaker

Wendy Gentleman is an Associate Professor in Engineering Mathematics with a cross-appointment in Oceanography at Dalhousie University, Canada. She received her Ph.D. from Dartmouth College/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA, and did a post-doc at the University of Washington, USA. Her research uses models to understand how environmental variability affects zooplankton population dynamics, as well as trophic links between primary producers, zooplankton, and their predators. This work includes analyses of assumptions inherent in model equations, improving characterization of biological processes and physical-biological coupling, and investigation of the factors controlling observed variations in zooplankton density and production. Wendy collaborates with researchers across North America and Europe, and has recently demonstrated the critical roles of the grazing functional response and mortality for copepod demography and ecosystem structure. She has been actively involved with interdisciplinary research programs (e.g. GLOBEC, JGOFS), and has served as reviewer for a host of international journals and funding agencies.
W2 Workshop
Advances in genomic and molecular studies of zooplankton

Carol Eunmi Lee
Center of Rapid Evolution (CORE), University of Wisconsin, USA

Workshop 2 Invited Speaker

W3 Workshop
Updates and comparisons of zooplankton time series

Jenny Huggett
Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Workshop 3 Invited Speaker

Jenny Huggett is a biological oceanographer at the Department of Environmental Affairs, in Cape Town. She has studied zooplankton ecology in the southern Benguela upwelling system and on the Agulhas Bank for over 20 years, and did her PhD on the comparative ecology of the copepods Calanoides carinatus and Calanus agulhensis. She also ran a monitoring line programme to explore variability in the transport of clupeoid fish eggs and larvae in the Benguela jet current, from their spawning grounds on the Agulhas Bank to the west coast nursery area. More recently she has become involved in zooplankton research in the southwest Indian Ocean, with a particular interest in the communities associated with mesoscale eddies in the dynamic Mozambique Channel, as part of a multidisciplinary ecosystem study with colleagues from la Réunion and France.
W4 Workshop
Impacts of ocean acidification

Brad Seibel
University of Rhode Island, USA

Workshop 4 Invited Speaker

Brad Seibel is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Rhode Island. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998. He studies physiological adaptations of marine animals to extremes of temperature, oxygen and carbon dioxide. He studied the impacts of purposeful carbon sequestration on deep-sea animals, the metabolism and locomotion of polar organisms at low temperature and the effects of carbon dioxide on organisms thought to be sensitive to ocean acidification. Most recently he has focused on the hypoxia tolerance of animals in oceanic oxygen minimum layers. He has shown that many species suppress metabolism during diel forays into the oxygen minimum layer, which alters the biogeochemical cycles that are dependent on these organisms.
W5 Workshop
Automated visual plankton identification

Cabell Davis
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

Workshop 5 Invited Speaker

Cabell Davis is a scientist in the Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His general research area is plankton ecology with a focus on zooplankton. He did his PhD research in Woods Hole on the copepods of Georges Bank, a rich fishing ground east of Cape Cod. He has used a combination of biological-physical modeling, field sampling, and laboratory experiments to determine the underlying mechanisms controlling observed distributions of zooplankton species. His research has revealed predatory control of copepod populations and that fall is more productive than spring. He co-developed the Video Plankton Recorder, an underwater video microscope with automatic image identification, and has used it to obtain high-resolution data on fragile and robust plankton, on scales from the individual to ocean basin. The data reveal microscale monospecific aggregations of zooplankton and high concentrations of important fragile plankton and marine snow. He recently collaborated with MIT engineers in developing a small underwater digital holographic camera for imaging plankton. He is currently modeling the impact of climate change on the fisheries ecosystem on Georges Bank as part of the U.S. Northwest Atlantic Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics program.

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