Dr. Susana Agusti is Professor of Marine Science at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) at the Red Sea Research Center, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tromsø (Norway).
She holds Bachelors and Ph.D. degrees from the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Formerly she was Research Professor with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and Professorial Fellow with the UWA Oceans Institute and the School of Plant Biology at the University of Western Australia (Australia).
Canada Research Chair in Global Change Ecotoxicology, professor of biological sciences, Université de Montréal. Director of NSERC CREATE network Mine of Knowledge.
Professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University. Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2005. Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES) by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists.
Professor for Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, with a main interest in regulatory (eco)toxicology and risk assessment of complex exposure situations.
Research Scientist in the Water Science & Technology Directorate of Environment and Climate Change Canada, Visiting Research Professor in the Biology Department at the University of New Brunswick and Science Director of the Canadian Rivers Institute.
His primary research interests include the study of watershed patterns in aquatic biodiversity and the influence of landscape stressors on resident biota. Current research concerns freshwater invertebrates, with dragonflies as a particular focus. He has previously worked on a variety of taxa groups from flatworms to fish, and in a variety of habitats from wetlands, lakes and rivers to coastal marine systems.
Professor Teri Balser is Dean of Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University, where she came after having been Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. She received a Ph.D. in soil microbiology came from the University of California at Berkeley, and she completed postdoctoral research in ecosystem ecology at Stanford University. She is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, and was recently named to the Australian Research Council College of Experts.
Her research centers on understanding microbial community-level ecophysiological responses to stress, disturbance, and change, and the consequences of these for ecosystem functioning. She has worked in countries worldwide studying restoration, carbon sequestration, invasive species, biodiversity, and land use/land cover.
In addition to international recognition as an accomplished research scholar, Dr. Balser is widely known in higher education as a change agent and leader in Science, Technology Engineering and Math education (STEM). She is a co-founder of the Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), a National Vision and Change Fellow with the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE), and was a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair to India in 2015 to help build capacity at the national level for pedagogically advanced and responsive STEM education.
Giovanni Benelli got an International Ph.D. in Agrarian and Veterinary Sciences at University of Pisa and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. He worked in several international institutions, including University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA) and University of Jaén (Spain). Giovanni serves as a research entomologist at University of Pisa. He has been also appointed as Affiliated Researcher at The BioRobotics Institute, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. His research focuses on entomology, with a major focus on insect behavior. He serves as editor for various international journals and cooperates with more than 100 researchers worldwide on various research projects, including FP7 Collective Cognitive Robots and H2020 subCULTron. Giovanni has been awarded with several prizes from international and national organizations.
Dr Julian Blasco received his Ph.D. from the University of Seville (Chemistry). He is Scientist in the Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia (ICMAN), belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Currently he is Director of ICMAN-CSIC and responsible of research group "Ecotoxicology, Ecophysiology and Biodiversity of Aquatic Systems". He has published more than 160 articles and has been editors of several books. He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals in marine and environmental sciences.
Dr. Susanne Brander studies the responses of aquatic organisms to environmental stressors across biological scales, with a focus on discerning mechanisms of toxicity and linking results of laboratory experiments and field data to population-level responses. Recent work examines the impacts of endocrine disrupting compounds on gene and protein expression, fecundity, and sex ratio. Current projects include an evaluation of multi-generational responses to toxicants in the context of global climate change and a study on the trophic transfer of microplastics. Brander has recently published in Scientific Reports, Environmental Science & Technology, Aquatic Toxicology, and Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry.
Graduated in chemistry at the Univ. of Santiago de Compostela. 1991-1993 researcher in ecology of the marine environment at Spanish Institute of Oceanography. Developed PhD Thesis on chemical processes taking place during water disinfection. Obtained the PhD in Chemistry at the University of A Coruña, 1994.
In 1994 he obtained a position as Assistant Lecturer at UDC amd since enjoyed research stays at different institutions: Dept of Chemistry, University College of Dublin, with Prof. R.A.M. O'Ferrall; Dept of Chemistry, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, with Prof. H. Maskill; Marie-Curie staff researcher, Max-Planck Institut Strahlenchemie, with Prof. S. Steenken; Dept. of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, with Prof. H.D. Burrows; and the Institute for Basic Research in Organic Chemistry of Fukuoka, with Prof. S. Kobayashi.
In 2001, he obtained a position as a tenured Prof of Physical Chemistry at UDC. He has been a visitor and lectured at Newcastle upon Tyne, Coimbra, Padova, Bragança, and Zagreb.
Served as Coordinator of a Master in Environmental & Fundamental Chemistry, and Vice-Dean of Chemistry. Currently Dean of the Faculty of Sciences.
Author of ca. 140 publications.
Main research interests:
- mechanisms of degradation of persistent organic micropollutants
- mechanisms of oxidation reactions involved in inflammation and aging
- developing sustainable technologies for degradation of persistent organic pollutants.
- scientific communication.
Associate Professor, Bioengineering, University of California, Merced.
Dr. Costa-Lotufo is a full professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of São Paulo. Her lab is focused on the discovery of new anticancer compounds from Brazilian marine biodiversity and studies on their mechanisms of action. She coordinate a multidisciplinary project to access marine microorganisms diversity and biotechnological potential along the Brazilian coast and islands. Dr. Costa-Lotufo’s activities include the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. She has published book chapters, review articles and more than 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals. On 2010, Dr. Costa-Lotufo was nominated as a young scientist of the Brazilian Academy of Science (2010-2014).