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John F Bruno

John Bruno is a marine ecologist and Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research is focused on marine biodiversity, coral reef ecology and conservation and the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems. John earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University in disease ecology. He is currently working primarily in Belize, the Bahamas, Cuba, and the Galapagos Islands.

Moisés Canle

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.

Rita Castilho

Assistant Professor of Evolution and Marine Biogeography at the University of Algarve and researcher at the Center for Marine Sciences.

My research is principally question-driven, instead of model driven and I am interested primarily in understanding evolutionary principles. Therefore I am not confined to a particular type of organism, habitat or region.

Perran L. M. Cook

Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry, Monash University. Previously at CSIRO Land and Water in Brisbane, and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany.

The main focus of my research is nutrient cycling in coastal environments.

Mark John Costello

B.Sc. (NUI Galway); Ph.D. 1987 (NUI Cork). Involved in World Register of Marine Species, International Association for Biological Oceanography, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Ocean Biogeographic Information System, Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network, Species 2000.

Carlos Eduardo De Rezende

Dr. Carlos Eduardo de Rezende is a Full Professor in the Environmental Sciences Laboratory of the Biosciences and Biotechnology Center at the North Fluminense State University (UENF). Prof. Rezende is a senior researcher from the Brazilian National Council for Science and Technology (CNPq) (Level 1B), Scientist of Rio de Janeiro state from Foundation for Science Development (FAPERJ) and coordinator of the Future Earth Coasts in South America. Dr. Rezende has a professional experience including studies on the dynamics in continental aquatic environments (e.g.: rivers, lakes), terrestrial and coastal ecosystems (e.g., estuaries, mangroves and lagoons) and ocean. At UENF, Prof. Rezende held various institutional leadership roles (e.g., Vice-Rector, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Center Director and Head of Environmental Sciences Laboratory), and he has participated in several boards and councils. Actually, Prof. Rezende is conducting studies on Hg and inorganic (e.g.: Al, Fe, Mn, carbonate) and organic geochemical supports (e.g. elemental and isotopic composition) as well as their ecosystem interactions; use of molecular markers (e.g., lignin phenols, carbon black) as geochemical tools to enhance the understanding on the alterations of biogeochemical cycles in the transition between terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Martina A Doblin

Professor of Oceanography and Team leader of Productive Coasts program, C3 research institute. Member College of Experts, Australian Research Council; Past leader of NSW-IMOS (Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System); Past Secretary Australasian Society of Phycology and Aquatic Botany; Chief Scientist for Marine National Facilty.

Maria Dornelas

I am MASTS lecturer at the University of St Andrews. My research focuses on quantifying biodiversity and understanding the processes that shape it. I combine ecological theory, synthesis of existing data, and fieldwork in my research, and most of the research questions I’m interested in fall under the disciplines of community ecology, macroecology and biogeography.

Antonina Dos Santos

Antonina dos Santos has over 20 years of scientific work in taxonomy and ecology of larvae of marine invertebrates. She graduated in Marine Biology and Fisheries at the University of Algarve and has a PhD in Biology (Ecology and Biosystematics) at the University of Lisbon in 2000.

Her main area of work has been the study of the larval phase of living resources, focusing her studies on larval dispersal and recruitment to the origin population. Besides working on the dispersal and recruitment of larvae of crustaceans she has also done some important work on the taxonomy of adults having already described four new species of shrimp to science. She has been involved in many scientific projects subject to competitive tendering national and European multidisciplinary, some of which as coordinator and has been chief scientist on more than 15 multidisciplinary oceanographic campaigns off the Portuguese coast.

David Emerson

Senior Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences since 2007, geomicrobiologist focused on the iron cycle and how it impacts microbial ecology and physiology, as well as other biogeochemical cycles in both marine and freshwater systems.

Jorge MO Fernandes

Professor in Genomics and Molecular Biology. My main research interests are antimicrobial peptides, microRNAs and the epigenetic regulation of myogenic gene networks by environmental factors, such as temperature and photoperiod. ERC grantee with the project EPIFISH: Innovative epigenetic markers for fish domestication. ERC Consolidator Grant, European Research Council (Ref. 683210). Academic editor of PLoS One and Scientific Reports.

Blanca Figuerola

Blanca Figuerola is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI; She received her PhD in Biodiversity from the University of Barcelona. Her research sits between the established disciplines of biodiversity, ecology, chemical ecology, mineralogy and conservation palaeoecology using understudied marine invertebrate groups (e.g bryozoans and microgastropods) from tropical to cold waters as models for environmental change. She has received a number of awards for research, including SENACYT & STRI, Juan de la Cierva and COMNAP Antarctic Research fellowships.