Invited and Plenary Speakers
Keynote Speaker

Chris Field
Carnegie Institution for Science, USA

Chris Field is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University, and Faculty Director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Field's research emphasizes impacts of climate change, from the molecular to the global scale, integrating field, laboratory, and modeling approaches. Field has been deeply involved with national and international scale efforts to advance science and assessment related to global ecology and climate change. He is co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which led the effort on the IPCC Special Report on "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation" (2012) and Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (2014). He is a recipient of the Heinz Award, the Max Plank Research Award, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, and the Roger Revelle Medal. Field was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences (2001), and fellowships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010), the Ecological Society of America (2012), and the American Geophysical Union (2014). Field received his PhD from Stanford in 1981 and has been at the Carnegie Institution for Science since 1984.

Plenary Speakers

Paulo H.R. Calil
Institute of Oceanography, University Federal de Rio Grande, Brazil

S1 Plenary Speaker

Professional Experience

  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande–Rio Grande, Brazil
    Professor Adjunto (Mar 2012 - Present)
  • National Institute ofWater and Atmospheric Research Inc.–Wellington, New Zealand
    Physical Oceanography Research Scientist (Jan 2011 - Mar 2012)
  • Dept. of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution– Woods Hole, USA
    Post-Doctoral Investigator (Aug 2009 - Dec 2010)
  • Dept. of Oceanography – University of Hawaii at Manoa–Honolulu, USA
    Research Assistant (Aug 2003 - Mar 2009)



    Jean Pierre Gattuso
    Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche,
    CNRS and Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris,

    S2 Plenary Speaker

    Jean-Pierre Gattuso is CNRS Research Professor (Directeur de recherche) at the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, CNRS and Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6. He previously held positions in Australia, Perpignan, Monaco, the US and China.

    His main research activity relates to the cycling of carbon and carbonate in coastal ecosystems. In 1995, he began working on the response of marine organisms and ecosystems to ocean acidification. He was the Scientific Coordinator of the FP7 large-scale integrated project EPOCA (European Project on Ocean Acidification). Its overall goal was to advance the understanding of the biological, ecological, biogeochemical, and societal implications of ocean acidification. The EPOCA consortium brought together more than 160 researchers from 32 institutes and 10 European countries. He is a lead author of the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC.

    Jean-Pierre Gattuso is also the Founding President of the European Geosciences Union Biogeosciences Division (2001-2005) and the Founding editor-in-chief of the journal Biogeosciences (2004-2009). He received the Vladimir Vernadsky medal of the European Geosciences Union and the Blaise Pascal medal of the European Academy of Sciences (of which he is an elected member).

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    Micha Rijkenberg
    Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research,
    The Netherlands

    S3 Plenary Speaker

    Dr. Rijkenberg is a chemical oceanographer at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the international GEOTRACES programme. He has worked as a research fellow at the National Oceanography Centre (UK) and the National Institute for Water and Atmosphere (NZ). Micha’s research interests involve the distribution, chemical speciation and biological availability of trace metals. He is especially interested in iron because low concentrations of dissolved iron limit primary productivity, and nitrogen fixation, in large parts of the modern global oceans. Micha has organized and lead several GEOTRACES research cruises to the West Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea. He is involved in a major international GEOTRACES effort in the Arctic Ocean in 2015.


    Arne Biastoch
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research,

    S4 Plenary Speaker

    Arne Biastoch is senior scientist at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and adjunct professor at Kiel University. He studied physical oceanography, graduated in 1998. After a postdoc at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (La Jolla, U.S.A.), he worked at the Institut für Meereskunde, the predecessor of his current affiliation GEOMAR.

    Arne Biastoch is an ocean modeler, with focus on the mesoscale and large-scale ocean circulation. His fields of interest include the Agulhas circulation south of Africa and its interplay with the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). In the recent years he also worked on multi-disciplinary research questions, from the fate of methane hydrates due to seafloor warming to the Lagrangian spreading of passively drifting organisms due to the variable ocean circulation.


    Margareth Copertino
    Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil

    S5 Plenary Speaker



    Lynda Chambers
    Bureau of Meteorology, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Australia

    S6 Plenary Speaker

    Dr. Lynda Chambers, Principal Research Scientist, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, specialises in climate variability and climate change adaptation research, particularly as it relates to biodiversity; including over 20 years of research on southern seabirds with Phillip Island Nature Parks. In recent years she has focused on building southern hemisphere networks and capability, including the citizen science project ClimateWatch ( - a national network for phenology and distributional change.

    Dr. Chambers was a lead author on the National Marine Climate Change and Adaptation Report Card, on the Steering Committee of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, is a Field Editor for the International Journal of Biometeorology, and a member of the ISB Phenology Commission. Dr. Chambers was a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) and an expert reviewer of the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) and the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.


    Phillip Munday
    ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/
    School of Marine and Tropical Biology,
    James Cook University, Australia

    S7 Plenary Speaker

    Professor Philip Munday is a Professorial Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Australia. He has broad interests in the biology and ecology of marine fishes. His research program focuses on predicting the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on populations and communities of coral reef fishes. Using a range of laboratory and field-based experiments he is investigating the effects of increased temperature and ocean acidification on reef fish populations and testing their capacity for acclimation and adaptation to a rapidly changing environment. His research has been instrumental in showing that multi-generational history is critical for predicting the consequences of climate change for marine species. He has published over 160 scientific papers, including major reviews on evolutionary responses to climate change in the sea.


    Lisa Levin
    Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation,
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

    S8 Plenary Speaker

    Lisa Levin is Director of CMBC and Distinguished Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. Before moving to Scripps in 1992 she was Assoc. Professor in the Dept. of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Dr. Levin is a marine ecologist who studies benthic ecosystems in the deep sea and shallow water. Together with her students Dr. Levin has worked with a broad range of taxa, from microbes and microalgae to invertebrates and fishes. Her recent research has emphasized 3 major themes: (1) the structure, function and vulnerability of continental margin ecosystems, particularly those subject to oxygen and sulfide stress; (2) wetland biotic interactions as they mediate marsh function, invasion and restoration; and (3) larval ecology of coastal marine populations with emphasis on connectivity and response to ocean acidification and deoxygenation. The deep ocean covers over half of the planet but most of it is less well known than the surface of the moon. Dr. Levin’s research has been conducted over the past 3 decades on the margins of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans using ships, submersibles and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to sample and conduct experiments. She has participated in over 30 oceanographic expeditions around the world and served as Chief Scientist on 12 of these. She is the author or co-author of more than 160 scientific publications. Dr. Levin has served as North American editor of the journal Marine Ecology, as founding editorial board member of the Annual Reviews of Marine Science, as past contributing editor for Limnology and Oceanography and Marine Ecology Progress Series, and has edited 5 special volumes on aspects of deep-sea biodiversity.

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    Coleen Moloney
    University of Cape Town, South Africa

    S9 Plenary Speaker

    Dr Coleen Moloney is Director of the Marine Research Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests involve the variability and dynamics of marine food webs and ecosystems under global change. Locally, her research focus has been the marine ecosystems of the west and south coasts of southern Africa (the Benguela upwelling ecosystem) and the more oligotrophic ecosystems of the east coast. She is interested in the interplay among physical, chemical and biological processes spanning many time and space scales. A current research focus is trying to understand how these complex interactions and feedbacks influence living organisms throughout their life histories, ultimately affecting ecosystem dynamics. Much of her collaborative research focuses on pelagic ecosystems, and involves field and modelling studies. She has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications and (co)supervised 13 PhD and 25 Masters stuents. She has served on scientific committees and working groups for JGOFS, GLOBEC, SPACC and IMBER, and is currently on the editorial board of Environmental Research Letters.


    Patrick Lehodey
    Space Oceanography Division, CLS, France

    S10 Plenary 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.


    Eddie Allison
    School of Marine and Environmental Affairs,
    University of Washington, USA

    S11 Plenary Speaker

    Eddie Allison's research centers on the human connection to natural resources. He focuses on the contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to food and nutrition security and to coastal livelihoods, on governance of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture production and the human rights of fisherfolk, and on the vulnerability and adaptation to climate change of people dependent on marine and freshwater resources. His work spans the globe, holding past positions in the field of fisheries and aquaculture management and development in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America and Europe, as researcher or technical and policy advisor for various international organizations. He has held faculty appointments at the University of East Anglica, and was recently the director of Policy, Economics, and Social Science a the WorldFish Center in Malaysia prior to coming to the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.



    Laura Richards
    North Pacific Marine Science Organization

    S12 Plenary Speaker

    Laura Richards currently chairs the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), based at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sydney, BC, Canada. She began her career as a stock assessment scientist and modeler with Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. By later taking on a greater role in science management, she had the opportunity to work with leading scientists and explore a range of disciplines and approaches. She retired in 2014 after 15 years as the Science Director for Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific coast programs, overseeing fisheries stock assessment, oceanography and aquaculture research, along with the provision of scientific advice required for fishery management. She has represented Canada as Commissioner for the International Pacific Halibut Commission, Committee Co-chair for the Pacific Salmon Commission, and Head of Delegation to PICES. She now applies her experience to her long-term research interest in linking stock assessment with practical fisheries management advice. She holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia.

    Invited Speakers

    S1: Role of advection and mixing in ocean biogeochemistry and marine ecosystems


    Alexander Babanin
    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

    Session 1
    Invited Speaker

    Alexander V. Babanin is Professor of Physical Oceanography and Ocean Engineering, Director of the Centre for Ocean Engineering, Science and Technology, at the Faculty of Engineering of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Qualifications: BSc (Physics) (Moscow), MSc (Physical Oceanography) (Moscow), PhD (Physical Oceanography) (Russia). Worked as a Research Scientist in the Marine Hydrophysical Institute, Sebastopol, Russia, at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra and in the University of Adelaide, Australia. Since 2004 at Swinburne University. Areas of expertise and research are wind-generated waves, ocean engineering, air-sea interactions, ocean turbulence, ocean mixing, climate, including dynamics of surface ocean waves, wave breaking and dissipation, spectral and phase-resolving modelling of the wind-generated waves, air-sea boundary layer, wave climate, climate change, extreme oceanic conditions, extreme waves, wave statistics, wave-bottom interactions, wave-current interactions, coastal and ocean engineering topics, environmental measurements and instrumentation, ocean remote sensing. Competitive grant funding: $7M+, publications: ~190, citations: 1400+

    S2: Ocean acidification

    Ruy Kenji P. Kikuchi
    Geosciences Institute, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

    Session 2
    Invited Speaker

    I took my BSc in Geology at University of Sao Paulo (USP) and my doctorate at Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where I’m now Associate Professor. My primary interest is Coral Reef Geology and Ecology. I started to investigate Holocene reef growth during my PhD. At the moment I develop reef assessment and monitoring, evaluate climate/oceanographic proxies within coral skeleton and the use of corals as sea level indicators. I also develop experimental, field and lab, projects, including the effects of acidification on coral growth and on carbonate sedimentation. I’m one of the PIs of the National Institute of Science and Technology for the Research of the Tropical Marine Environment (INCT AmbTropic; a network of institutions of the Tropical Brazilian region, funded by the National Counsel for the Development of Science and Technology of Brazil (CNPq), coordinating the Reef Environment Working Group. In this project we are also dedicated to the study of the impact of ocean acidification in reef building organisms. The Tropical South Atlantic has been my study area.


    Nelson Lagos
    Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile

    Session 2
    Invited Speaker

    Dr. Lagos is a marine biologist, PhD in Ecology, full-time professor of the Faculty of Sciences and Director of the Centre of Research and Innovations for the Climate Change (CIICC) at Santo Tomás University (Santiago, Chile). Dr. Lagos develop research in the ecology of benthic ecosystems and has been PI and theme leader in research projects assessing biological responses of marine invertebrates to ocean acidification in the southern Pacific benthic ecosystem (Fondecyt 1090624 and Anillos ACT-132). In the present, he directed observational and experimental field studies assessing the variability in carbonate production and its implication upon the structure and function of benthic ecosystems along the Chilean coast (Fondecyt 1140938, 1140092 and MUSELS MINECON NC120086). He is member of SOLAS-IMBER working group on Ocean Acidification (SIOA) and the advisory board of the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OAICC).

    S3: Changing ocean chemistry: From trace elements and isotopes to radiochemistry and organic chemicals of environmental concern

    Maeve Lohan
    School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences,
    University of Plymouth, UK

    Session 3
    Invited Speaker

    Maeve Lohan is a marine biogeochemist at the University of Plymouth.  She is interested in trace metal distributions in the ocean in particular their chemical speciation and bioavailability and hence the interactions between trace elements and microbial organisms. Her research focuses on the bioactive trace metals with a particular emphasis on iron, zinc and cobalt. She is actively involved in the international GEOTRACES program, which has recently released a large data product of trace element distributions in the Atlantic Ocean These data allow in-depth basin scale analysis of the distribution of trace elements. She is a co-chair of a SCOR Working group 139 ‘Organic ligands a key control on trace metal biogeochemistry in the ocean.

    S4: Regional models for predictions of climate change impacts: methods, uncertainties and challenges

    Shin-ichi Ito
    FRA, Japan

    Session 4
    Invited Speaker

    Shin-ichi Ito a Professor at the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo. Dr. Ito completed his graduate work in Physical Oceanography at Hokkaido University. His main research interest the relation between ocean properties and circulation and marine ecosystems, particularly in the subarctic Oyashio Current and mixed water region where it collides with the warm Kuroshio Current east of Japan. He deployed more than 40 moorings and water gliders, and his research work includes the development of a fish growth model coupled to the lower-trophic-level ecosystem model NEMURO.FISH (North Pacific Ecosystem Model for Understanding Regional Oceanography For including Saury and Herring).

    Dr. Ito is Co-Chairman of the GLOBEC Ecosystem Studies of Sub-Arctic Seas Working Group on Modeling Ecosystem Response. Within the PICES North Pacific Marine Science Organization he has served as a member of the Physical Oceanography and Climate Committee (POC), FUTURE SOFE Advisory Panel, WG27 on North Pacific Climate Variability and Change, WG29 on Regional Climate Modeling and Section on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems (S-CCME).

    S6: Climate change in the seasonal domain: Impacts on the phenology of marine ecosystems and their consequences

    Sanae Chiba
    Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan

    Session 6
    Invited Speaker

    Current Job:
    Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of Global Change, JAMSTEC, Japan.

    Ph.D: Tokyo University of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, 2000
    Dissertation: “Zooplankton community structure in the eastern Indian Ocean sector, Antarctica"

    Expertised research area:

  • Biological oceanography
  • Retrospective analysis on long-term change in the lower trophic level ecosystem
  • Since being employed by JAMSTEC in 2000, I have been studying interaction among climate, upper ocean environment and lower trophic level ecosystem in annual to interdecadal time scales and in the western North Pacific using historically collected observational data set, such as the Odate Collection. Since 2009, my Japanese colleagues and I started participating in the North Pacific Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey, which has been operated by Sir Alister Hardy Foundation of Ocean Science (SAHFOS) and endorsed by PICES. Having been working in the international communities for basin to global scale comparison on marine ecosystem variation, my particular interest is to understand regionally specific ecosystem responses toward the global scale environmental perturbations, which are caused by natural and anthropogenic forcing.

    S7: Evolutionary response of marine organisms to climate change

    Robin Waples
    NOAA Fisheries, Seattle WA USA

    Session 7
    Invited Speaker

    Robin's early research involved taxonomy and population genetics of tropical and temperate marine fishes, but since coming to NOAA Fisheries in Seattle he has worked primarily with salmon. For over a decade, Robin headed a group charged with developing the scientific basis for listing determinations and recovery planning for Pacific salmon and steelhead under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Robin is also Director of his Center’s Internal Grants Program, which over the past decade has provided more than $2.4 million in seed-money grants for innovative research projects, especially by junior scientists. He serves on many scientific advisory panels in the US and abroad. Robin has a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

    Robin's research is motivated by the desire to use evolutionary and ecological principles to inform conservation and management of natural populations. Particular interests include: 1) adapting standard population genetics theory so that it can be applied to real-world problems for species in the wild; 2) combining diverse types of information (molecular genetics; life history; ecology) to characterize hierarchical levels of diversity in natural populations; 3) assessing viability of complex conservation units that include multiple independent populations and diverse ecotypes; 4) methods for analyzing gene flow and population structure in species with high dispersal capabilities; 5) adaptive responses by salmon to anthropogenic changes to their ecosystems; 6) the interaction of population demography and evolutionary processes in species with overlapping generations.

    S8: Climate change impacts on marine biodiversity and resilience

    Camilo Mora
    University of Hawaii, USA

    Session 8
    Invited Speaker

    Camilo Mora is assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.  His work combines different lines of research aimed to understand how biodiversity patterns are generated and modified by human activities; and, in the process identifying the conditions where suitable conditions for both, humans and biodiversity, are met. His work ranges from microbes to whales and from small laboratory experiments to the global scale; his work on the number of species on Earth was highlighted by Discovery Magazine as one of the top 100 discoveries of 2011. Camilo is author in over 40 publications including 8 papers in Nature and Science. He is also the editor of the new book by Cambridge Press on the Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs.

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    S9: Impact of climate change on ecosystem carrying capacity via food-web spatial relocations

    Jason Link
    NOAA Fisheries, USA

    Session 9
    Invited Speaker

    Jason Link, PhD, is the first-ever Senior Scientist for Ecosystem Management for NOAA Fisheries. In this role, Dr. Link is the agency’s senior-most authority on ecosystem science, conducting research and coordinating activities of NOAA Fisheries’ science support for effective ecosystem-based management. He leads approaches and models to support development of ecosystem-based management plans throughout the agency.

    During his career with NOAA Fisheries, Dr. Link's work has revolved around the scientific underpinnings for ecosystem-based marine resource management. His expertise in food web dynamics and his exemplary work with the Ecosystem Assessment Program at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole has led to his and NOAA’s acknowledgement around the world, resulting in comparable programs in other countries. While pelagic communities and predator-prey ecology remain important to him, Dr. Link’s work has moved more towards applied ecological modeling and practical fisheries science for management. Recent efforts have focused on essential fish habitat, multi-species models, ecosystem models, and developing resource management tools and systems with a strong ecological, and now climatological, basis.

    Dr. Link has extensive experience working in marine and Great Lakes systems around the world. He is an adjunct professor at multiple regional universities and serves on and chairs several national and international working groups, review panels, and committees dealing with fisheries ecosystem issues, being a commonly requested speaker at various fora and venues. He received his B.S. from Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University.  He received the Fisheries Society of the British Isles Medal for significant advances in fisheries science.

    S10: Forecasting climate change impacts on fish populations and fisheries

    V. Kripa
    CMFRI, India

    Session 10
    Invited Speaker

    Dr. Kripa was born in India. She received her Ph.D. in Marine Ecology at CUSAT and for the last 28 years has served in the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), New Delhi, presently as a Head of the Fisheries Environment Management Division. Her main area of research includes the climate change, anthropogenic impacts on habitats/ fisheries, validation of remote sensed advisories for fisheries, and ecosystem service evaluation.

    Dr. Kripa received grants from International Foundation for Science, Sweden, and was associated with four World Bank aided National projects on Fisheries and Aquaculture. She has served as the Principal Investigator of a National Project on Climate Change (NPCC) Impact, adaptation and vulnerability of Indian marine fisheries to climate change – Phase II. In overall, since 1986, she has been associated with more than 35 research projects on Fisheries, Mariculture and Environment. The results of her research are reflected in more than 130 publications. For 20 years Dr. Kripa has served as faculty for Post graduate programs of CMFRI.

    Awards: 2002 - National Rajya Bhasha from the Ministry of Home Affairs; 2007 - International recognition from Asian Fisheries Society for the work on Gender Mainstreaming in Fisheries; 2011 - TVR Pillay Aquaculture Award for outstanding contributions to the aquaculture research; 2012 and 2013 the National Science Popularization awards  Vigyan Prasar for two documentaries – 1) oyster farming and 2) ocean or plocean.

    National and International assignments: prepared a Report on the Assessments made under the theme Marine Food Security for the UN Global Marine Assessment Northern Indian Ocean Region and presented the same in UN -International workshop in 2014; presented a Status Report on Climate Change and Fisheries in the Third National Communication on climate Change at New Delhi during May 2014 organized by NATCOM (National Centre for Communication) under the Ministry of Environment and Forests.


    Elvira Poloczanska
    CSIRO, Australia

    Session 10
    Invited Speaker

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

    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.



    S11: Impacts on coastal communities

    Nesar Ahmed
    Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh

    Session 11
    Invited Speaker

    Nesar Ahmed is a Professor in the Department of Fisheries Management, Bangladesh Agricultural University. He is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the SA Water Centre for Water Management and Reuse, University of South Australia. He recently completed his Fulbright Visiting Fellowship at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, USA. Nesar received his PhD from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK through a Department for International Development scholarship and won the Endeavour Research Fellowship of the Australian Government for Postdoctoral Research at Charles Darwin University, Australia. Nesar also received Center for International Cooperation and Development Fellowship at the University of Pavia, Italy. Nesar has worked with a range of international organizations. His current research focuses on coastal aquaculture in relation to climate change with its social, economic and ecological issues.

    S12: Linking climate change to marine management objectives

    Kao Sochivi
    Fisheries Administration, Cambodia

    Session 12
    Invited Speaker

    Dr. Kao Sochivi is Deputy Director General of the Cambodian Fisheries Administration (FiA) and also A Professor of the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) and also a Senior Research Scientist too.

    In the FiA she responsible with many task such as: (1) the Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute (IFReDI); (2) Department of Fisheries Post-Harvest, Technology and Quality Control; (3) One Village One Fisheries Product/Services (FOVOP); (4) Vice Chief of Women Association; and (5) Climate Change in Fisheries Sector and also a member of the National Climate Change Technical Team of Cambodia too.

    Almost last 20 years of her engagement in the about works with her many experiences as the Senior Research Scientist, Professor, consultant and advisory to many graduate students for MSc. and Ph.D students in the country and oversee too.

    She was conducting and publishing a lot of researches related to community development, Fisheries postharvest, food safety, Gender, and Climate Change in fisheries Sector of Cambodia.

    One of her responsibility area is climate change. She is very active and leading a lot of activities since the starting point of climate change in her sector which their sector staff know nothing about climate change until she can help her sector to develop and mainstream of the CC policy and strategy to responses to climate change impacts. She also had led to conduct and develop of many researches on capacity building Need Assessment, Vulnerability assessment and also developing the communication strategy with an effective IEC tools and demonstration sites to testing the strategy with a good lesson learnt too.

    W1: Addressing uncertainty in projecting climate change impacts in marine ecosystems

    William Cheung
    University of British Columbia, Canada

    Workshop 1
    Invited Speaker

    Dr. William Cheung is an Associate Professor at the Fisheries Centre, the University of British Columbia. He is the Principal Investigator of Changing Ocean Research Unit and the Co-Director of Nippon Foundation-UBC-Nereus Program. His main research area is on understanding responses of marine ecosystems and fisheries to climate change and other human stressors, developing future scenarios for global and regional fisheries and exploring their implications for management and conservation of living marine resources. William obtained his BSc in Biology and M.Phil. from the University of Hong Kong. He worked for WWF Hong Kong for two years, after which he completed his PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies in UBC. From 2009 to 2011, he was Lecturer in Marine Ecosystem Services in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia in the UK. Currently, He works on various interdisciplinary research projects with global collaboration networks including U.K., Australia, Kenya, China and USA. He participates in various high level international assessments, such as serving as Lead Author in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Coordinating Lead Author in Global Biodiversity Outlook and Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. He also serves as scientific advisors in a number of international and local organizations e.g., IUCN  and WWF Canada.  

    W2: First Brazilian Ocean Acidification Research Workshop

    Silvana Birchenough
    Cefas, UK

    Workshop 2
    Invited Speaker

    I am a marine ecologist and scientific advisor to UK government departments on issues related to benthic ecology and the effects of human activities. My research focuses on: i) studying long-term benthic changes resulting from climate change ii) in situ observations with Sediment Profile Imaging (SPI) for understanding benthic responses in relation to seabed integrity under the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Some of my current research is dedicated to understanding the impacts of ocean acidification on benthic species and their implications for benthic function in the North Sea ( My work has developed also on studying the potential impacts of co-stressors (e.g. temperature, pH changes and metals) on marine benthic organisms ( I am leading a 3-year goverment funded (Defra) project to understand how ocean acidification changes will affect shellfish and species of fisheries importance under the PLACID programme (MF1113: Placing Ocean Acidification in a wider Fisheries Context). I am also responsible for the co-stressos module of the Defra project MINERVA (Maritime Industries - Environmental Risk and Vulnerability Assessment), helping to provide evidence-based information ahead of the next UK Climate Change Risk Assessment.

    I have been the co-chair of the ICES study group on Climate Related Benthic Processes in the North Sea (SGCBNS). I am also the up-coming chair of the ICES Benthos Ecology Working Group (BEWG, 2015-2018). I am a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) for research developed on the application and image analysis of Sediment Profile Imagery (SPI).


    Rosane G. Ito
    Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil

    Workshop 2
    Invited Speaker

    Doctor in Sciences, obtained in the Chemical Institute of the University of São Paulo, São Paulo - Brazil in 1996.
    Permanent job at the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo, acting as a teacher and researcher in marine chemistry with emphasis on dissolved gases in seawater, from 1988 to 2011. Today, is currently collaborating in research programs with the Institute of Oceanography of the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG). The research program at FURG focuses on the study of carbonate system. Emphasis is given on the following subjects: measurement and modeling of air-sea CO2 fluxes and anthropogenic carbon in seawater.


    Christian Vargas
    Universidad de Concepción

    Workshop 2
    Invited Speaker

    Dr. Cristian Vargas is a marine biologist and an associate professor at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Universidad de Concepcion. He has been working extensively in the area of Biological Oceanography and Biogeochemistry, i.e. plankton ecology, biogeochemical processes, carbon fluxes and anthropogenic impacts. Dr. Vargas is involved in different international programs and committees related with Ocean Acidification (OA) issues. He is author of many scientific publications, and he was the PI of the first OA Program in Chile (Anillos ACT-132), and he has led pioneering studies in South America linking observational studies with directed experiments in micro and mesocosm facilities under multiple stressors. Dr. Vargas has a large OA network of international collaboration, including various international research groups in Europe and the United States. Recently, he is also an Associate Researcher of the “Millennium Institute for Integrative Oceanography (IMO -”, leading the research area of carbon biogeochemistry and multiple-stressors effects on marine communities in oceanic environments. Dr. Vargas is also the Director of the Centre for the Study of Multiple-Drivers on Marine Socio-Ecological System (MUSELS -, the leader OA program in Chile, dealing with effects of OA on shellfish farming industry. Dr. Vargas is actively working in the research area of ​​biogeochemistry of inorganic carbon and the effect of multiple stressors (e.g. temperature, oxygen, and pCO2) on target marine invertebrates and plankton organisms.

    W3: Effects of climate change on the biologically-driven ocean carbon pumps

    Thorsten Dittmar
    University of Oldenburg, Germany

    Workshop 3
    Invited Speaker

    Focus of my research is a better understanding of global element cycles by using molecular tools. At least ten thousands of different organic molecules, known as dissolved organic matter (DOM), exist in each liter of seawater. DOM has persisted in the ocean for thousands of years and has accumulated to one of the largest pools of reduced carbon on earth's surface. DOM could provide an important feedback mechanism in the climate system, because minor changes in the DOM pool would considerably impact atmospheric CO2 and the radiation balance on earth. Yet the cycling of DOM in the ocean is not well understood. Recent progress in analytical chemistry has allowed the characterization of DOM at the molecular level in unprecedented detail, revealing new insights into its source and history.



    Marion Gehlen
    Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de L'Environnement, France

    Workshop 3
    Invited Speaker

    Marion Gehlen is a senior scientist at LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement), Gif-sur-Yvette, France. She holds a PhD in Earth Sciences (1994). Her research focuses on understanding and predicting changes in marine biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems in response to climate change and ocean acidification. Marion Gehlen is/was a lead scientist in major EU funded large-scale projects targeting the marine carbon cycle (CarboOcean, CarboChange) and ocean acidification (EPOCA). She is the co-chair of the GODAE OceanView task team on ‘Marine Ecosystem Analysis and Prediction’.


    Phoebe Lam
    University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

    Workshop 3
    Invited Speaker

    I am a “marine particle geochemist” interested in the role that marine particles play in the biogeochemical cycling of major and minor elements in the ocean such as carbon, iron, and other trace elements.  This includes the factors affecting the efficiency of the biological carbon pump; the past and current role of iron in stimulating primary production; the chemical speciation and bioavailability of marine particulate iron; the role of major particle composition on particle export (the ballast hypothesis) and on trace metal scavenging; and much more!  I am actively involved in the International GEOTRACES program, which is greatly expanding our understanding of the cycling of trace elements in the ocean, and revealing new questions about the role of particles every day.


    W4: Upwelling Systems Under Future Climate Change

    Enrique Curchitser
    Rutgers University, USA

    Workshop 4
    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).


    William Sydeman
    Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research, USA

    Workshop 4
    Invited Speaker

    Dr. William J. Sydeman is a veteran marine ecologist with 30 years of experience studying the California Current and other North Pacific marine ecosystems. As President and Senior Scientist with the Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research in northern California, Sydeman currently manages a non-profit scientific organization dedicated to the understanding and preservation of healthy marine ecosystems, as well as conducts original research designed to provide the scientific basis for ecosystem management practices and policy reforms consistent with a productive marine world. Sydeman’s specialities include investigations of natural and human-based climate change and the broad implications and influences of ocean currents, weather patterns, fishing practices and coastal development on marine food webs and ecosystem processes. Originally cross-trained in oceanography, quantitative population biology, and ecology at University of California, Sydeman now works on physical-biological interactions on a variety of taxa from seabirds and marine mammals to krill and forage fish. From 2003 to 2010, Sydeman served the PICES community as co-chair of the Advisory Panel for Marine Birds and Mammals.

    W5: Moving Towards Climate-Ready Fishery Systems:
    Regional comparisons of climate adaptation in marine fisheries

    Manuel Barange
    Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

    Workshop 5
    Invited Speaker

    Professor Manuel Barange is the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Science at PML, and Honorary Professor at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK.

    From 2010-2013 he was Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and from 1999-2010 he was Director of the International Project Office of the IOC-SCOR-IGBP core project GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics).

    Manuel's expertise includes physical/biological interactions, climate and anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems, fish ecology, behaviour and trophodynamics, and fisheries assessment and management. In recent years, he has increasingly focused his research on the impacts of climate change and economic globalization on marine-based commodities, and on the interactions between natural and social sciences in fisheries, ecosystems and climate change, in the developed and developing world.

    Manuel was awarded the 2010 UNESCO-IOC Roger Revelle Medal for his accomplishments and contributions to ocean science. Manuel has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has recently edited books on "Climate Change and the Economics of the World's Fisheries" (Elgar Publishers) and "Marine Ecosystems and Global Change" (Oxford University Press).



    Jason Link
    NOAA Fisheries, USA

    Workshop 5
    Invited Speaker

    Jason Link, PhD, is the first-ever Senior Scientist for Ecosystem Management for NOAA Fisheries. In this role, Dr. Link is the agency’s senior-most authority on ecosystem science, conducting research and coordinating activities of NOAA Fisheries’ science support for effective ecosystem-based management. He leads approaches and models to support development of ecosystem-based management plans throughout the agency.

    During his career with NOAA Fisheries, Dr. Link's work has revolved around the scientific underpinnings for ecosystem-based marine resource management. His expertise in food web dynamics and his exemplary work with the Ecosystem Assessment Program at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole has led to his and NOAA’s acknowledgement around the world, resulting in comparable programs in other countries. While pelagic communities and predator-prey ecology remain important to him, Dr. Link’s work has moved more towards applied ecological modeling and practical fisheries science for management. Recent efforts have focused on essential fish habitat, multi-species models, ecosystem models, and developing resource management tools and systems with a strong ecological, and now climatological, basis.

    Dr. Link has extensive experience working in marine and Great Lakes systems around the world. He is an adjunct professor at multiple regional universities and serves on and chairs several national and international working groups, review panels, and committees dealing with fisheries ecosystem issues, being a commonly requested speaker at various fora and venues. He received his B.S. from Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University.  He received the Fisheries Society of the British Isles Medal for significant advances in fisheries science.


    Leif Nøttestad
    Institute of Marine Research, Norway

    Workshop 5
    Invited Speaker

    Leif Nøttestad, PhD, is a principal scientist at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Norway. Dr. Nøttestad took his academic Dr. scient degree in marine systems ecology, primarily on Norwegian spring-spawning herring, at the University of Bergen, Norway in 1999.  He works on marine ecosystem processes with special focus on pelagic fish. Dr. Nøttestad has a wide field of interest including schooling behaviour, predator-prey interactions in using modern sonars and echosounders, as well as behaviour and ecology on whales and dolphins. Dr. Nøttestad is an international survey coordinator on mackerel-ecosystem surveys in the Nordic Seas. He is IMR’s responsible head scientist on Northeast Atlantic mackerel, horse mackerel and tuna species including Atlantic bluefin tuna. He is also Norway’s scientific representative in international coastal states negotiations for these fish species. Dr. Nøttestad is represented in ICES and ICCAT including on basic and applied science, advice and management of several key fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic. He has published more than 60 international peer-reviewed publications, and he is also very active in popular science and outreach work, interviews in national and international press and media as well as involved in scientific information to the fishing industry, NGO’s and managers. He has been invited to many countries for his scientific contributions, including USA, Canada, France, Spain, the Netherlands and China. Dr. Nøttestad has received awards for both scientific achievements and popular science.


    John Pinnegar
    Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science, UK

    Workshop 5
    Invited Speaker

    John Pinnegar is Programme Director for Marine Climate Change at Cefas, the UK government fisheries lab in Lowestoft, United Kingdom. His research interests include the impact of climate change on marine animal populations, marine food-webs and ecosystem modelling. He has published widely on trophic interactions and the relative importance of fishing and climatic factors in determining fish stock status. He has an interest in future scenarios and public perception of maritime climate issues.

    He plays an active role in many EU and national research programmes, and regularly provides advice to the UK government and industry. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia on fisheries and conservation biology. He was awarded the Fisheries Society of the British Isles ‘FSBI Medal’ in July 2009, in recognition of younger scientists who are deemed to have made exceptional advances in the study of fish biology and/or fisheries.


    Éva Plagányi-Lloyd
    CSIRO, Australia

    Workshop 5
    Invited Speaker

    Dr. Éva Plagányi leads research on the development of models to support the sustainable management of marine systems.

    She maintains an international reputation in stock assessment modelling, ecosystem modelling and management strategy evaluation (MSE).

    Dr. Éva Plagányi joined CSIRO in 2009. Before moving to Australia, she lectured at the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she is an Honorary Research Associate.

    Her research focuses on the biological modelling of marine and other renewable biological resources, and the application of stock assessment and ecosystem modelling approaches to fisheries management.

    This work applies both mathematics and zoology to extend single-species approaches in population assessments to more complex models of multi-species interactions in marine ecosystems.


    W6: Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS):
    Panorama on Air-Sea Flux of CO2 and Other Long-lived Radiatively-Active Gases Studies

    Arne Körtzinger
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Germany

    Workshop 6
    Invited Speaker

    Arne Körtzinger is a Professor of Marine Chemistry at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany (since 2001). He holds a Ph.D in Marine Chemistry from the University of Kiel (1995). He has previously held scientific positions at the Institute for Marine Research, Kiel (1996-1999), the School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A. (1999-2000), and the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany (2000-2001).

    His research activities focus on the natural and perturbed marine carbon and oxygen cycles, method and sensor development, and the use of innovative ocean observing systems (floats, gliders, profiling moorings, voluntary observing ships etc.) in marine biogeochemistry. He has participated in nearly 20 research cruises to all major oceans.




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