Stelios Katsanevakis is Associate Professor in Marine Ecology (University of the Aegean, Department of Marine Sciences, Lesvos, Greece).
His main research interests include (i) Marine Conservation, especially the development of transboundary marine conservation in the Mediterranean; (ii) Marine alien invasions and their impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services; (iii) Developing and applying novel methods for marine monitoring.
He is an author of >175 publications, of which 97 in peer-reviewed scientific journals
Peter Mackelworth is a geographer and conservation biologist with expertise in the development of marine conservation policies and sustainable development in small island environments.
He is conservation director at the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation in Croatia and adjunct lecturer on the University of Primorska, Slovenia.
His research focusses on two main fields of interest; marine protected area governance and its potential to enable broader change in the host society; and, the legal, political and socio-economic process facilitating marine transboundary conservation, with particular interest in the use of soft law mechanisms to integrate with maritime spatial planning.
He has authored and co-authored over 50 peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters and recently edited the book ‘Marine Transboundary Conservation and Protected Areas’ published by Routledge, a full list of his publications can be found HERE
Marta Coll is a researcher at the Institute of Marine Science (ICM-CSIC) in Barcelona, Spain.
Her research focuses on understanding patterns and processes that characterize marine ecosystems and, in particular, changes of, and threats to, marine biodiversity.
She studies community and food-web dynamics linked with human activities (such as fisheries, climate change, eutrophication, and invasive species), and how these translate into changes in ecosystem structure and functioning, and services that humans obtain from the ocean.
She develops and apply a variety of ecological analyses based on ecosystem modelling techniques and statistical tools, and uses historical data, fisheries statistics, experimental results and field data sets.
More information about research interests, projects, students and publications can be found HERE
Vanessa Stelzenmueller is heading the research unit on marine spatial management and integrated ecosystem assessment at the Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg, Germany.
Her research interests comprise the development of e.g. risk based models for trade-off analysis of spatial management options in socio-ecological systems, novel tools for marine spatial planning (MSP) with aquaculture and fisheries, methods for the integration of indicator assessments, and mapping approaches for demersal fish distributions.
She advised MSP projects in Israel and the Adriatic Sea, contributes to a number of ICES expert groups and chairs ICES expert workshops on probabilistic assessments for spatial management.
Simonetta Fraschetti is Associate Professor in Ecology (University of Salento, Italy).
She combines field descriptive research, manipulative experiments and spatial analysis techniques for gaining a better understanding of the pattern of distribution of marine biodiversity and of the processes, both natural and human driven, influencing marine communities.
Setting criteria and priorities for the implementation of the management and the conservation of the Mediterranean Sea is central in her research.
The quantification of changes in coastal marine communities under the effects of multiple stressors to inform marine spatial planning and the study of the recovery of disturbed assemblages are also relevant aspects of her research.
Author of 82 scientific articles on ISI journals and 12 international scientific books.
Valentina Todorova is associate professor at the Institute of Oceanology, the Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria, currently responsible for department with 15 people staff.
She has a PhD in Hydrobiology and 24 years of experience in the field of biodiversity and ecology of the Black Sea zoobenthos and seabed habitats; marine monitoring and assessment, development of classification systems for ecological status assessment and monitoring programs under WFD and MSFD, seabed habitats classification and mapping; invasive alien species; designation of marine protected areas (NATURA 2000 marine SACs in the Bulgarian Black Sea) and conservation status assessment.
She has extensive experience as a team leader and researcher in national and international projects (e.g. CoCoNet 7FP EC, MESMA 7FP EC, Knowseas 7FP EC, ISMEIMP Financial Mechanism EEA).
Co-author of the Red book of the Republic of Bulgaria, Vol. 3, Natural habitats, 2015.
Dr Vesna Mačić is biologist in the Institute of marine biology (Kotor), University of Montenegro and her field of expertise is phytobenthos.
She participated in many national and international projects focusing her research topics on marine biodiversity, protected and invasive species, habitat mapping, MPA planning and raising awareness of marine protection.
Paolo G. Albano is a senior researcher at the Department of Paleontology of the University of Vienna.
He is particularly interested in the historical ecology of ecosystems affected by alien species introductions and in environmental assessment when pristine controls are not available.
He is currently leading a project on the historical ecology of Lessepsian migration.
Sylvaine Giakoumi is a researcher and ANR fellow at the ECOMERS lab, CNRS - University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France.
She is also affiliated to the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Her research focuses on 1) understanding the processes that shape marine communities exploring species interactions and the impacts of human uses on marine ecosystems; and 2) developing marine conservation planning approaches and the spatial prioritization of conservation actions in the marine environment and across realms.
The two main axes of her research aim to inform policy and decision making on how to achieve effective and efficient conservation outcomes.
More information about research interests, projects, and publications can be found HERE
Silvia B. Carvalho is a postdoctoral researcher in Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO-InBio), in Portugal.
Her current research interests focus on the interface between ecological modelling, systematic conservation planning and evolution.
Particularly, she is interested in developing methodologies and tools to integrate phylogenetic relationships and spatial patterns of genetic diversity into systematic conservation planning, and to optimize biodiversity conservation under dynamic threats, such as climate and land-use change.
Her research focuses in diverse geographic areas but particularly in the Mediterranean region and the Sahara, and she is currently interested in developing strategies to integrate conservation planning across terrestrial, freshwater and marine realms.
Dr. Portman holds a PhD in Public Policy with a focus on marine conservation,
She heads the MarCoast Ecosystem Integration Lab and is author of a new book entitled Environmental Planning for Oceans and Coasts: Tools, Methods and Technologies.
Over the past two years she has lead the recently completed Technion Israel Marine Plan.
In addition to Dr. Portmanís academic experience, she held leading positions in public sector environmental agencies and organizations for over 15 years.
Her main areas of research include: environmental planning; marine litter from land-based sources, water sensitive urban design, coastal resource management and marine protected areas, spatial analysis, marine spatial planning and green infrastructure.
David is a senior lecturer/researcher Marine Policy at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.
He is an environmental scientist by training who spent the first 15 years of his career on education and applied research on soil contamination, nature conservation and water quality management. Since 2002 he has been teaching courses on Coastal and Marine Management.
From 2009 till 2013 David worked for the Centre for Marine Policy as a senior researcher Maritime Spatial Planning on the EU funded projects MASPNOSE, MESMA and DAMARA. He has also advised on MSFD implementation in the Netherlands.
David is a member of two ICES expert groups and a strategic initiative.
His current teaching focusses on marine policy, marine spatial planning, sustainable island management, and sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.
His key research interest is on the science-policy-practice interface in marine conservation with emphasis on documenting and understanding marine governance.
Cristina is a researcher at the Department of Environment and Planning & Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.
She holds a PhD in Social and Environmental Sustainability and her research emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable use of marine resources and coastal governance.
Her research interests include coastal community development, marine protected areas, fisheries and coastal governance, especially in the context of small-scale fisheries.
She contributes to several ICES expert groups (WGRMES, WGCEPH and SIHD).
She has participated and collaborated in several EU and national projects focused on fisheries, MPAs and conservation (FP5 AQCESS, FP6 INCOFISH, FP7 KNOWSEAS, INTERREG Cheps&chefs, DGMARE ORFISH, GOBAMP II, MCES). She has authored and co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters.
Joanna Piwowarczyk is a researcher in the Marine Ecology Department of the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Her research focuses on participatory approaches to marine governance, stakeholdersí roles in decision-making processes, and behavioural change to support sustainability in marine and coastal areas.
She has been involved in several EU-funded projects, and co-authored so far 15 scientific papers on interactions between people and the sea.
She is a member of the EuroMarine Steering Committee and Marine Board Communication Panel.
Dr Athanasios Evagelopoulos is a Research Associate at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of the Aegean.
He is a marine community ecologist and his research has focused mainly on the responses of marine and transitional waters phytoplankton, macrofauna and fish communities to environmental stress gradients.
His current research interests include the monitoring of invasive species, the study of the impacts of invasive species on native marine food webs and the assessment of cummulative pressures and impacts on marine ecosystems.
He has published 13 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, while he has been involved in 24 research projects, including nature conservation projects implemented in MPAs and marine areas of the Natura 2000 network.
Dr. Gil Rilov is a Senior Researcher at the National Institute of Oceanography, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR), where he heads the Marine Biology Department and the Marine Community Ecology Lab.
Gil has been studying the ecology of coastal communities (coral reefs, rocky shores and recently, seagrass) in many biogeographic regions (Mediterranean, Red Sea, Pacific and Atlantic and Caribbean coasts) and published 52 papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as 3 book chapters, and he edited a Springer book on Marine Bioinvasions.
He is also a senior lecturer at the Marine Biology Department in Haifa University.
The Rilov lab currently runs the National Monitoring Program on Israelís rocky shore biodiversity, and investigates the ecology and biodiversity of Mediterranean coastal communities.
A major focus is on the effects of bioinvasions, climate change (warming, acidification, sea level rise and extreme events) and marine protected areas on these communities and their functions.
The lab has several innovative experimental setups (including a large mesocosm facility) to test the effects of warming and acidification on species, communities and ecosystem functions.
More info can be found in the lab website www.rilovlab.com and on ResearchGate.
Noam Levin is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He studies geographical and environmental patterns and processes of land cover changes in the face of human and climate induced changes using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools.
He combines field work, remote sensing using satellite images, spatial analysis of GIS layers, statistical analyses and modeling.
His current research focuses on land cover changes, light pollution, biodiversity and conservation planning over spatial scales from local to global.
Carlo Pipitone is a researcher at the Institute for Coastal Marine Environment in Castellammare del Golfo, Italy.
He has worked on several research topics in marine biology and ecology.
His field experience includes underwater sampling and experimental trawl surveys.
In recent years his research has focused on the effects of fishery exclusion zones on the abundance, composition and structure of demersal fish populations.