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Wayne A. O'Connor

Dr O’Connor is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Research Leader for Aquaculture at Fisheries New South Wales’ Port Stephens Fisheries Institute. His undergraduate studies were undertaken at Newcastle University and he received his PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney, working on aspects of scallop physiology and reproductive biology. He has 30 years experience in Aquaculture research and has worked on a variety programs including algal culture and the development of propagation techniques for a number of molluscs such as oysters (edible and pearl), scallops, mussels and clams. Currently, Dr O’Connor leads molluscan research programs that range from the development of selective breeding techniques and triploid induction to environmental impact and ecotoxicological evaluations. Dr O'Connor is a member of the editorial boards for the journals Aquaculture and Aquaculture Research. Molluscan Research and Water. He is a Conjoint Professor in Life Sciences at Newcastle University, an Adjunct Professor in Genecology at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University.

Andrew M Osborn

Professor, RMIT University, U.K. Previously. Professor of Biotechnology, University of Lincoln, UK; Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Hull, UK; Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology, University of Sheffield, UK; Lecturer in Microbiology, University of Essex UK; Postdoctoral Scientists, GBF National Research Centre for Biotechnology, Germany, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Liverpool, UK;
Ph.D. University of Liverpool, UK; B.Sc (Hons) Genetics & Microbiology, University of Sheffield, UK.

Claire B Paris

Claire Beatrix Paris is a Professor in the department of Ocean Science, University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Director of the Physical-Biological Interactions Lab, she focuses on biophysical dispersion at sea, as well as the transport and fate of pollutants and oil spills from deep-sea blowout. Paris has brought recognition to the key role of behavior of the pelagic larval stage in the connectivity of marine populations and the function of ecosystems.

Paris has developed numerical and empirical tools for her laboratory’s research, both used worldwide: the Connectivity Modeling System (CMS) is an Open-Source Software (OSS) that virtually tracks biotic and abiotic particles in the ocean, and the Drifting In Situ Chamber (DISC) is a field instrument used to track the movement behavior of the early life history stages of marine organisms and detect the signals they use to orient and navigate.

Ana Pavasovic

Dr. Pavasovic is an academic in the School of Biomedical Sciences at QUT. Her research interests are primarily in the area of physiological and functional genomics of marine invertebrates. Dr. Pavasovic uses molecular and bioinformatic approaches to answer questions relating to stress physiology and novel gene evolution in animal systems.

Xavier Pochon

Science Leader, Coastal & Freshwater Group, Cawthron Institute, New Zealand.
Senior Lecturer, Institute of Marine Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Honorary Research Associate, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

My research at the Cawthron Institute is highly applied and consist of developing multi-trophic metabarcoding tools for environmental monitoring of marine industries (e.g. aquaculture farms, deep-sea mining, and marine biosecurity in ports and marinas).

At the University of Auckland, I combine 'real-world' and 'blue-sky' research applications, including; i) investigating the functional underpinnings of symbiotic dinoflagellate communities in tropical soritid foraminifera, corals and giant clams, ii) characterizing the functional role of microbiomes in aquaculture settings (e.g. oysters, salmon), iii) unravelling the eDNA secrets of 10% (380) of New Zealand lakes (, iv) studying preferential settlement of marine invasive species associated with plastic polymers (microplastics), and v) exploring the diversity and dynamics of open-ocean plankton communities in the South-West Pacific.

Nichole N Price

Nichole Price is a Senior Research Scientist and Director of a new center focused on securing sustainable, nutritious, and safe seafood for generations to come at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. The center for Seafood Security seeks to translate cutting-edge marine science to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. Nichole’s research and partnerships with NOAA, the Nature Conservancy, the US Geological Survey, and US Fish and Wildlife have taken her SCUBA diving around the globe on coral reefs in Africa, Asia, and across remote islands in the Central Pacific. More recently, she has focused her work in Southern California and the Gulf of Maine where she has partnered closely with members of the seaweed and shellfish industries to develop remediation strategies for ocean acidification, nutrient loading, and low oxygen conditions.

Nichole earned her Ph.D. in marine ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and became a postdoctoral scholar and project scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography before moving to Maine. She has 10 years experience on the studying impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and uses this knowledge to help find evidence-based, local solutions to global challenges.

Pei-Yuan Qian

Chair Professor of Division of Life Science and Director of Environmental Science Programs of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Founding Director of Coastal Marine Lab of HKUST and Founding President of Pacific Institutes of Marine Sciences, Editor or Editorial Board Member of >10 international journals. Inventor of patents on marine bioactive compounts.

Federica Ragazzola

Lecturer in Marine Biology at Portsmouth University. My research focuses on understanding the effect of climate change on biomineralization processes and the modification in the ultra-structure of calcifying organisms, in particular in coralline algae.

Michael S Rappe

Mike is a tenured Research Professor at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, and is a member of the graduate faculty with the Departments of Oceanography, Microbiology, and the interdisciplinary Marine Biology Graduate Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The overarching theme of his research is to understand the impact of microbial genetic diversity on ocean ecology, and interpret this diversity through the lens of bacterial taxonomy and evolution. He investigates the ecology and evolution of marine microorganisms by combining surveys of natural microbial communities, nucleic acid sequence data, and studies with model systems in controlled laboratory settings.

Ginger A Rebstock

Staff researcher with the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels at the University of Washington since 2001. Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

James D Reimer

James Davis Reimer's research focuses on the biodiversity of understudied marine invertebrate groups (so-called "minor taxa"), primarily benthic cnidarians including zoantharians and their endosymbionts, as well as octocorals, from shallow tropical coral reefs to the deep sea. Recent research has also examined the impact of coastal development on marine diversity and ecosystems. Since 2007, he has been based at the University of the Ryukyus, where he is currently an Associate Professor.

In 2015, he was awarded the Okinawa Research Prize for science contributing to the well-being and understanding of the Ryukyu Islands.