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Georg Umgiesser

Georg Umgiesser has two masters degrees in oceanography and physics and a PhD in biomedical sciences. He is working at the CNR as a senior scientist.

Principal fields of investigation are hydrodynamic modeling, circulation and sediment transport. He has developed a series of finite element models for shallow water bodies (SHYFEM) for the study of hydrodynamic processes, water quality and transport phenomena. He has participated in various EU projects dealing with the North Sea and the Mediterranean, turbulence studies and application of 3D models. He was a visiting professor at the Kyushu University, Japan. He is also lead researcher at the Open Access Center of Klaipeda University. He is the Italian coordinator of the ESFRI project Danubius-RI dealing with study on river-sea systems.

Scott Veirs

Oceanographer and bioacoustician facilitating the recovery of endangered regional icons of the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), particularly southern resident killer whales and Pacific salmon. I helped design and was the first major in the Earth Systems program at Stanford University, then earned a M.S. and PhD in Oceanography at the University of Washington. In 2003 I founded Beam Reach and taught ~50 undergraduates and recent graduates to ask and answer their own marine field science questions during 10-week field courses from 2005-2012. During the same period I helped create the Salish Sea Hydrophone Network -- -- which I continue to administer.

Adriana Vergés

Dr Adriana Vergés, Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology at the Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation, UNSW Australia. President, Australian Marine Science Association NSW.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Marine Science from the National University of Ireland (Galway); MSc in Science Communication from Dublin City University (Ireland); PhD in Ecology from the University of Barcelona (Spain).

Jianjun Wang

Dr. Jianjun Wang is Professor of Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He studies microbial biogeography and global change. His main topics are related to the questions on how microbial diversity and community composition varied within Earth’s surface and subsurface, especially aquatic environments. He is using self-obtained large microbial data sets, in-situ experiments, as well as modeling methods to achieve these answers.

Tom Webb

Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK. Marine macroecologist, interested in applying computational methods to mobilise data and to visualise and analyse the distribution and dynamics of marine biodiversity at large spatial scales.

Ingrid M Weiss

Head of Biomineralization at INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany and Private Lecturer "Biochemistry" at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

Chris M. Wood

Adjunct Professor of Zoology at University of British Columbia, Emeritus Professor of Biology and Lifetime Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University. Research Professor at University of Miami. Recipient of the Miroslav Romanowski Medal in Environmental Science, Royal Society of Canada (2007), the Lifetime Award for Mentoring in Science (Canada)from Nature (2010), and lifetime achievement awards from the Canadian Society of Zoologists, the American Fisheries Society, and the Society for Experimental Biology.

Mark T Young

Dr Mark Young received his BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh in 2005, and his MSc (distinction) in Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity from Imperial College London in 2006. Mark completed his PhD in Earth Science from the University of Bristol, in collaboration with the Natural History Museum London in 2009.
Currently, Mark is a post-doctoral researcher at the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. Specialising in the taxonomy, biomechanics, anatomy, and phylogeny of crocodylomorphs and marine reptiles. His current work is focused on the land-to-sea transition of marine crocodylomorphs - examining their palaeoneuroanatomy and sensory systems. Two additional active research areas are: (1) the crocodylomorph SuperMatrix Project, and (2) the fossils of Scotland.

Natalia V. Zhukova

Since 2009 to present time Leading Researcher of the Laboratory of Comparative Biochemistry, National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Far Eastern Federal University.
1992-2009, Senior Researcher
1987-1992, Researcher
1980-1987, Junior Researcher
1978-1980, Probationer Researcher