Session 2 Invited Speaker
I am an Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography in the Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. My research interests involve ocean and climate variability across a range of time and space scales including extreme events (marine heatwaves, storms), the predictability of climate variations, the influence of modes of variability (such as the Madden-Julian Oscillation) on the ocean, and the role of climate change on the mean state, variability and extremes of the climate system. In addition, I am of Inuit descent with roots in Nunatsiavut (northern Labrador) and I aim to contribute to northern and indigenous communities through my research and teaching.
Session 3 Invited Speaker
Michael Foreman (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Scientist Emeritus at the Institute of Ocean Sciences (Fisheries and Oceans Canada). Though past research has included coastal biophysical modeling, regional climate change m odeling and analyses, data assimilation, satellite altimetry analyses, and the analysis/prediction and modeling of tides, recent work has largely focused on developing and using coastal models to help address aquaculture issues. He has been active in PICES for many years, serving as Chair or Co-Chair of the Physical and Oceanographic and Climate (POC) committee, Co-Chair of Working Groups 20 (Evaluations of Climate Change Projections) and 27 (North Pacific Climate Variability and Change), and a member of the Section on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems (S-CCME) and Working Group 29 (Regional Climate Modeling).
Session 9 Invited Speaker
Eric Peterson is the president of the Hakai Institute (hakai.org). The Hakai Institute conducts long term ecological research on the coastal margin of British Columbia, Canada, ranging from “icefields to ocean”. Among other avenues of science, the Hakai Institute shares responsibility with Ocean Networks Canada for the Pacific node of the new Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS), which is part of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). The Hakai Institute has a particular interest in foundation species in the nearshore—kelps and seagrasses—which are candidates for essential biological ocean variables within GOOS.
Workshop 9 Invited Speaker
Emily Grason is a Marine Ecologist at Washington Sea Grant at the University of Washington, where she is the program manager for Crab Team, a citizen science-based early detection and monitoring program program for European green crab. She earned a master’s degree in Biology at Western Washington University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington, researching behavior and population dynamics of invasive marine snails. In addition to her background as an invasion biologist, Emily draws on her experience in administration of non-profit organizations and science communication to support a collaborative, multi-institutional network of volunteers, Tribes, agencies, and managers in tackling a regional invasion threat.
Workshop 15 Invited Speaker
Dr. Debra Peters is a Research Scientist and the Acting Chief Science Information Officer with the US Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service. She is also the lead Principal Investigator for the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Program in Las Cruces, NM, USA. She is a landscape ecologist with interests in the drivers of alternative states, and pattern-process relationships interacting across spatial and temporal scales to create surprising system dynamics. She is also interested in comparative analyses of long-term studies across ecosystem types, and the application of machine learning and big data-model integration to address complex ecological problems. She is a co-lead on an inter-disciplinary Grand Challenge project within the USDA to develop and apply big data-model integration strategies for predictive disease ecology using an infectious disease as a model system. Her interests in catastrophes and cross-scale interactions are reflected by her recent research on the historic Dust Bowl in the 1930s from an ecological perspective.