February 1st to 5th 2016
Olhão, Portugal
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Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Each scientific session will begin with an introductory talk on the session theme by an invited keynote speaker. The following keynote speakers have been confirmed for the Mares Conference 2016:

Opening Session - Professor Ferdinando Boero

Professor of Zoology at the University of Salento, Italy. Associate to CNR-ISMAR. President of the Scientific Council of the Zoological Station Anton Dohrn, Naples. Representative of CoNISMa in the European Marine Board. Member of EASAC for the preparation of two key documents: Marine Sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas; Future of the Ocean: impact of human activities on marine systems. Member of Faculty of 1000. Coordinator of the Ocean of Tomorrow project CoCoNet, on networks of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean and Black Sea and the feasibility of OWF (involving 22 states in 3 continents). Research interests: Marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. MPAs. Evolution. Citizen Science. Communication in science. Main honours: Prix Manley Bendall, Grand Medaille Albert 1er for Oceanography of the Institute Océanographique de Paris.

Publications: ResearchGate

Opening Session - Professor Sam Dupont

Sam Dupont is a Researcher and an Associate Professor in Marine Ecophysiologist at the University of Gothenburg and an Honorary Assistant Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, Hong Kong University. He is currently based at UC Berkeley for a sabbatical stay. His main research topic is on the effect of increased CO2 and related changes on marine species and ecosystems. He was published in more than 130 publications in journals including Nature, PNAS and TREE. His work aims at revealing the mechanisms behind species and ecosystem responses to environmental changes and at developing the needed unifying theory for large scale projections. Sam is in direct contacts with various stakeholders, both at local and global level. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC), the Executive Council of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) and the Steering committee of the EuroMarine consortium. He is an active partner in several science education projects, including “Inquiry-to-Insight” and “Inquiry-to-SEA“, collaborations between the University of Gothenburg and Stanford University, and the “VirtualLab project” which is a collaboration between the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Sciences at the University of Gothenburg.

Publications: ResearchGate

Future Oceans - Professor Jean-Pierre Gattuso

Jean-Pierre Gattuso is a research professor at the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, CNRS and Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6. His main research activity relates to the cycling of carbon and carbonate in coastal ecosystems. More recently, he focused on the response of marine organisms and ecosystems to climate change and ocean acidification. He was the Scientific Coordinator of the EPOCA (European Project on Ocean Acidification, 7 institutes from 9 European countries) and the eFOCE (BNP-Paribas Foundation, 7 institutes from Europe and the US) projects. He was a lead author of the Fifth Assessment report of the International Panel on Climate Change. Jean-Pierre Gattuso is also the Founding President of the European Geosciences Union Biogeosciences Division and the Founding editor-in-chief of the journal Biogeosciences (presently associate editor for the journal). He chairs the International Scientific Committee of the meeting The Oceans in a High-CO2 World to be held in Hobart (2016). He has been awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal in Earth and Environmental Sciences, European Academy of Sciences (2014) and the Vladimir Vernadsky Medal, European Geosciences Union (2012).

Source: Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

Publications: ResearchGate

Natural Resources - Dr Jake Rice

Jake Rice is Chief Scientist at the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Over the years he has participated in research on marine and terrestrial community structure and function, analytical methods for addressing uncertainty in ecological data, objective methods for selecting indicators and reference points for use in management, size- and species- based approaches to modelling community and ecosystem dynamics, species habitat relationships, and population based vs place-based approaches to management. Recently his work has focused on practical aspects of implementing an ecosystem approach to management, methods for integrated ecosystem assessments, and particularly the interfaces between science and policy and between natural and social sciences. Jake has over 170 publications, co-edited the book Governance for Marine Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation (2014), and has received the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence for Fisheries Management (2014), ICES Outstanding Achievement Award (2009), and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal of Recognition in 2012.

Source: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Publications: ResearchGate

Biodiversity Effects - Professor Steve Widdicombe

Steve Widdicombe is a marine ecologist with over 25 years’ experience in using field observations and large manipulative experiments to address issues relating to benthic ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem function. In particular, he has an interest in quantifying the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on the diversity and function of marine benthic communities. He has participated in numerous national and European funded projects and programmes exploring the consequences of environmental impact and change on benthic organisms and biogeochemical cycling. Much of his recent research has concentrated on the impacts of ocean acidification and elevated temperatures on benthic organisms and ecosystems, in particular through his role as a principle investigator in a number of large NERC programmes; namely UK Ocean Acidification (UKOA), Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry (SSB) and Marine Ecosystems (MERP). He regularly provides advice to UK government departments (e.g. Defra), international organisations (e.g. ICES) and environmental NGOs on issues related to climate change, CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS), coastal ecosystems and Marine Protected Areas. Steve has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. In addition to his role as Head of Science for Marine Ecology and Biodiversity at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Steve also holds a visiting Professorship in Marine Ecology at the University of Plymouth, in recognition of his contribution to Climate Change research as well as to post-graduate student supervision.

Publications: ResearchGate

Biological Invasions - Professor Anna Occhipinti-Ambrogi

Anna Occhipinti Ambrogi is full Professor of Ecology at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Pavia. Since the 1980’s she has been working in marine and brackish water environments, focusing on the structure and dynamics of macrobenthos. Her main expertise is in the ecology of invasive species. She collaborates with major international organizations dealing with the issue of “Alien Species” in the Mediterranean (CIESM, Mediterranean Action Plan – UNEP RAC/SPA) and in Europe (ICES – WGITMO Working Group on Introduction, ERNAIS - European Research Network on Aquatic Invasive Species, MARBEF – Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning, EU Network of Excellence). She has been appointed as expert in a series of technical meetings on the implementation of EU regulations concerning alien species (708/2007 Council Regulation on “the use of alien and locally absent species in aquaculture”; “Alien Species descriptor Task Group” for the Marine Strategy Directive (2008/56/EC). She is coordinator (1999-present) of the working group on "Allochthonous Species" of the SIBM (Italian Society of Marine Biology). She authored or co-authored more than 200 papers in national and international journals.

Publications: ResearchGate

Ocean Noise - René Dekeling

René Dekeling is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment and Ministry of Defence. At the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, he is coordinator of the research programme on effects of underwater sound on marine life. The programme, conducted with European and US-partners, combines fundamental biological research with applied acoustic and oceanographic expertise. The results of the programme are used to update operational risk assessment and management by naval commanders, both at the planning level and at sea, to enable responsible use of sonar systems. In the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, René Dekeling is responsible for the national policy and research programming related to effects of underwater noise, and he is a member of the team coordinating the national implementation of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. International activities include co-chairing the expert group TG Noise that was tasked by the European Commission to assist European member states in making the step from legislation to operational monitoring and management and participation in the OSPAR group working on noise. René Dekeling is also a member of the JPI Oceans Strategic Advisory Board.

Source: JPI Oceans

Habitat Loss - Dr Tundi Agardy

Tundi Agardy is an internationally renowned expert in marine conservation, with extensive field and policy experience in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, North America, and the Pacific. Tundi specializes in coastal planning and assessment, marine protected areas, fisheries management and ocean zoning, and has published widely in these fields. She founded Sound Seas in 2001 as an independent group working at the nexus of policy and science to promote marine conservation. At Forest Trends, she is heading up the MARES initiative – a program looking to protect Marine Ecosystem Services through Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) markets. Tundi works with international think tanks, foundations, multilaterals, museums and academic institutions, environmental groups, and consortia with interest in solving local and regional coastal and marine conservation problems. She completed her undergraduate work at Wellesley and Dartmouth Colleges and then received her Ph.D. in biological sciences and Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and was postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She has served as Senior Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund and began Conservation International’s Global Marine Program, which she oversaw as Senior Director. She also led the coastal portion of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment – a 3-year global analysis released in 2005 that represents the consensus of over a thousand scientists on the state of the world’s ecosystems.

Source: Forest Trends

Publications: ResearchGate