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Session 1
Science Board Symposium: Connecting Science and Communities for Sustainable Seas


Session 1 Invited Speaker

Session 2
Applications of Deep Learning Systems in Marine Science

Jean-Olivier Irisson Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, Sorbonne Université, France

Session 2 Invited Speaker

Jean-Olivier Irisson is a computational ecologist. After graduating from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, he studied the behaviour of tropical fish larvae and its implication for population connectivity for his Masters and PhD at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Perpignan (France) as well as for his post-doc at the University of Miami. Since 2009, he is an associate professor at Sorbonne Université, in the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (Southern France). He leads the plankton ecology team and is involved in long term monitoring programs as well as research on plankton ecology, at the interface between environmental and computer sciences.

Session 3
Responses of Small Pelagic Fish to Extreme Events in Pacific Ecosystems

Toru Miyama Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan

Session 3 Invited Speaker

Dr. Toru Miyama is a Senior Scientist in physical oceanography at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). He received his PhD from Kyoto University and previously worked at the University of Hawaii before joining JAMSTEC. His research interests include the dynamics of ocean current variability, marine heatwaves, and the development of ocean prediction systems. He is passionate about sharing achievements in oceanography with the general public. In line with this, he updates a website called Kuroshio-Oyashio Watch every week to explain ocean current predictions to Japanese citizens.

Session 4
The Oceanographic, Ecological and Societal Impacts Arising from Extreme Weather and Climatic Events in Coastal Regions

Guebuem Kim School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea

Session 4 Invited Speaker

Guebuem Kim is a professor of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Seoul National University, Korea. He studies marine and environmental biogeochemistry, specifically on the fluxes of chemical species through the atmosphere, groundwater, and rivers to the ocean, and on the transport, cycling, and sedimentation of chemical species in the ocean, atmosphere, and lake. He takes advantages of various radionuclides for tracing such environmental processes. His recent main research topics include (1) submarine groundwater discharge and associated fluxes of trace elements, organic matter, and nutrients, (2) biogeochemistry of trace elements, organic matter, and nutrients in the marginal seas of the northwestern Pacific Ocean, and (3) biogeochemical mechanisms regulating coastal health problems such as outbreaks of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) or red tides in coastal waters of Korea.

Jorge Mardones Center for Harmful Algal Studies, Instituto de Fomento Pesquero, Chile

Session 4 Invited Speaker

Dr. Jorge Mardones is a senior researcher at the Center for Harmful Algae Studies (CREAN)/Fisheries development Institute (IFOP) in Puerto Montt, Chile. He specializes in phytoplankton ecology, toxicology and taxonomy. His research interests lie on understanding bloom dynamics of toxic phytoflagellates in fjordic systems based on cell culturing, genetics, toxin chemistry and pigments biomarkers. Recently, he is particularly interested in fish-killing algae working with novel in vitro cell line assays. He produced the first complete manual for phytoplankton identification in the south of Chile. Currently, he is leading a citizen science initiative aiming to monitor toxic microalgae using low-cost technology and a project that seeks to eliminate the use of mice for the detection of paralytic shellfish toxins in southern Chile.

Session 5
Multi-scale ocean processes and their impacts on marine ecosystems

Amala Mahadevan Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), USA

Session 5 Invited Speaker

Amala Mahadevan is a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and faculty in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. After graduating in civil engineering from India, she joined Stanford University for a Ph.D. and consequently, the University of Chicago for a postdoctoral position. Her interests lie in exploring fluid dynamical processes that affect ecosystems and climate. As an oceanographer, she develops and uses models along with oceanic observations from research expeditions to examine how oceanic processes affect the carbon cycle and climate. Amala serves as the Faculty Dean of Mather House, one of twelve undergraduate houses at Harvard University that is home to 450 upperclassmen. She is a recipient of the Radcliffe fellowship in 2015, MIT’s Frank E. Perkins award for excellence in graduate advising in the School of Science in 2019, and the Arnold Arons award at WHOI for excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring in 2020.

Session 6
The complex reality of managing Non-indigenous Species (NIS) in the North Pacific

Session 6 Invited Speaker

Session 8
Session on the Occurrence and Ecological Impact of Emerging Pollutants in the Coastal Marine Environment

Hyo-Bang Moon Marine Science and Convergence Engineering, Hanyang University, Korea

Session 8 Invited Speaker

Dr. Hyo-Bang Moon is a Professor at the Department of Marine Science and Convergence Engineering, Hanyang University, Korea. He is an environmental analytical chemist with good knowledge in environmental chemistry, wildlife ecotoxicology, and human exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and emerging contaminants. He got a PhD degree from Pukyong National University in 2003. During 1999-2010, he had worked for the National Institute of Fisheries Science as a research scientist. Since 1999, he has published over 230 peer-reviewed articles (including 59 domestic journals) which are related to marine pollution, bioaccumulation, analytical method development, biomonitoring, and human exposure to POPs and emerging contaminants. His current research projects include an investigation on environmental fate and bioaccumulation processes of POPs and emerging contaminants in fresh/coastal waters, top predatory wildlife species (e.g., sharks, marine mammals, and birds), and human. He was selected as a POPs review committee (POPRC) under the Stockholm Convention of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) during 2020-2024. He is serving as associate editors in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (EES) and Frontiers in Marine Science (Marine Pollution), and editorial board members of Chemosphere, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (BECT), Journal of Emerging Contaminants, and several domestic journals.

Xiangrong Xu South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (SCSIO), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Session 8 Invited Speaker

Dr. Xiangrong Xu is now working as a Research Fellow at South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (SCSIO), Chinese Academy of Sciences. She obtained her doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences from The University of Hong Kong, and master degree in Environmental Chemistry from Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining SCSIO, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hong Kong and then the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, respectively. Dr. Xu received the outstanding Oversea Talent award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010. Her primary research interests focus on marine biogeochemistry and seawater-sediment interfacial chemistry of emerging pollutants. Her recent research mainly on the distribution and fate of (micro)plastics and plastics additives and their eco-environmental effects. She has published over 140 SCI journal articles, 12 book chapters, and 1 translated book, co-authorized 7 invention patents. She has been presented Highly Cited Researcher in interdisciplinary field in 2020 and 2021, respectively by Clarivate. Now she severs as co-editor-in chief of Marine Environmental Research.

Session 9
Understanding the implications of body size change for stock productivity and fisheries management

Max Lindmark The Institute of Marine Research, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Lysekil, Sweden

Session 9 Invited Speaker

Max Lindmark is an ecologist at the Institute of Marine Research, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Lysekil, Sweden, where he also was a postdoctoral researcher until 2022. He received his Ph.D. in 2020 from the Institute of Coastal Research at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and his M.Res. from the University of Aberdeen in 2015. Max studies how climate change affects aquatic organisms with the aim to contribute to sustainable management. In particular, he’s interested in understanding how warming affects the distribution, growth and body size of aquatic ectotherms, using experimental and observational data combined with mathematical and statistical models. Recently he started working on integrating species range shifts into models of body size changes in marine fishes in a statistical spatiotemporal modelling framework. He’s also interested in process-based food web modelling, and the combined impact of climate change and fishing on food web structure and fisheries yield.

Session 10
Improved detection and understanding of factors affecting changes in North Pacific forage communities and implications to ecosystems

Mayumi Arimitsu US Geological Survey Alaska Science Center, USA

Session 10 Invited Speaker

Mayumi Arimitsu is a research ecologist with the U. S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center in Juneau, Alaska, USA. She earned an M.Sc. and PhD in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She leads the Pelagic Ecosystem Component and the forage fish monitoring project within the Gulf Watch Alaska long-term marine ecosystem monitoring program. Her current work focuses on seabirds and forage fish ecology, marine predator-prey interactions, and climate change stressors on coastal marine ecosystems.

Tatsuya Sakamoto Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere), IPMA, Portugal

Session 10 Invited Speaker

Tatsuya Sakamoto is an isotope ecologist at the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere) in Lisbon, Portugal, and works as a JSPS Overseas Research Fellow. He was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at the Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency until 2022 and received his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 2019. His wish is to explain the mechanisms driving fluctuations in marine fish populations, particularly sardines and anchovies around the world. Using stable isotope ratios in incrementally growing tissues of fish and cephalopods (e.g. otoliths, eye lenses), he seeks to extract the history of their migration, environment and physiological state to understand how environmental fluctuations affect species' life history traits. He also develops interdisciplinary frameworks to interpret isotope chronology data, which is often noisy and influenced by variable factors, to better understand the life of marine organisms and support fisheries management.

Session 11
Anticipated and realized effects of climate change on predatory fish, birds, and mammals of the North Pacific

Brianna Abrahms University of Washington, Department of Biology, Center for Ecosystem Sentinel, USA

Session 11 Invited Speaker

Dr. Briana Abrahms is an Assistant Professor in the University of Washington Department of Biology’s Center for Ecosystem Sentinels and holds the inaugural Boersma Endowed Chair in Natural History and Conservation. Her research program integrates field ecology, animal bio-logging technology, earth observation, and big data analytics to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of wildlife responses to global change in marine and terrestrial systems. By bridging studies across ecosystems, scales, and taxa, her research enhances basic ecological theory while generating knowledge and tools that bolster capacity to conserve the natural world. Prior to joining UW, she received her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and was a Presidential Management Postdoctoral Fellow in the Climate and Ecosystems Group at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

Nick Bond University of Washington, Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES), USA

Session 11 Invited Speaker

Nick Bond is a principal research scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES) of the University of Washington (UW). He has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. His research focuses on the weather and climate of the Pacific Northwest and the linkages between the climate and marine ecosystems of the North Pacific and Alaskan Arctic. Much of this work has been carried out under the broad umbrella of the Ecosystems and Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (EcoFOCI) program of NOAA.

Kaoru Hattori Fisheries Resources Institute, Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA), Japan

Session 11 Invited Speaker

Kaoru Hattori is a Head of Pinniped Group, at Fisheries Resources Institute, Fisheries Research and Education Agency, Japan. She received her PhD through a study on conservation ecology of sea otters in Far East at the University of Hokkaido in 2003. Currently she is engaged in works related to the stock assessment and management of Steller sea lions (SSLs). Her recent studies include ecology of SSLs and interactions between pinnipeds and fisheries based on field works.

Barbara Muhling NOAA and University of California Santa Cruz, USA

Session 11 Invited Speaker

Barbara Muhling is a research scientist at the University of California – Santa Cruz, based at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, CA. She completed her PhD in Perth, Australia, and did her postdoc on the spawning dynamics of tunas in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, through the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida. Her current research focuses on the distribution and ecology of pelagic fishes in the California Current System, and the broader North Pacific. She is particularly interested in how these species may respond to environmental variability and climate change, as well as the potential impacts of shifting species distributions on fisheries and fishing communities. She is a member of the CLIOTOP Scientific Steering Committee, and has co-chaired working groups on climate change and species distributions through PICES and NOAA.

Yutaka Watanuki Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, Japan

Session 11 Invited Speaker

I’m working as professor of Division of Marine Environment and Resources, Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, for 17 years. My main research subject has been an understanding of the effects of climate change and human activities on seabirds. I explore mechanisms underlying the association between global/local climate and seabird’s foraging/breeding biology using long-term data set of phenology, diet, hatching/fledging success and chick growth of penguins, auklets, murres, gulls, and shearwaters in the Arctic, sub-arctic, boreal and Antarctic regions. As flexibility of foraging behavior is likely to be a key mechanism, I’m trying to relate foraging location, diving and feeding behavior and activity budget to the changes of prey availability by using bio-logging techniques. During the course of the study, I’m also interested in anthropogenic stressors at sea and impacts on seabirds. Collaborating with geochemists, I’m developing technics to monitor and map the level of offshore marine pollution (mercury, POPs and micro plastics) using seabirds as indicator. I’m also involved in the risk assessments for offshore wind farm on seabirds and in the arrangement of seabird colony database.

Session 12
Shining Light on Essential Fish Habitat in Data-Limited Pacific regions

Yun-Wei Dong Fisheries College, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China

Session 12 Invited Speaker

Dr. Yun-Wei Dong is a professor at Fisheries College, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China. He received his Ph.D. degree at Beijing Normal University in 2002. He is interested in investigating the impacts of climate change on the distribution and adaptation of intertidal species from different levels of biological organization, from individual physiology to biogeographical patterns, using both experimental approaches and modeling. Recently, his team is also working on the mapping of mariculture with the integration of physiological traits and species distribution models. These findings will be important for understanding the sensitivity of aquaculture to future climate change.

Nerea Lezama-Ochoa University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) and Environmental Research Division (NOAA, Monterey), USA

Session 12 Invited Speaker

Nerea is a marine ecologist and a project scientist at the UCSC and the Environmental Research Division (NOAA, Monterey, USA) specializing in the conservation of large pelagic species. She has a PhD in Fisheries and Conservation from AZTI (Spain) and completed her first postdoc at the Inter- American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) (San Diego, USA) and the second one at UCSC-NOAA. Her research focuses on the conservation and management of pelagic species taken incidentally on diverse fisheries. Her main research interests are ecological modeling, spatial ecology, oceanography, and ecosystem-based management approaches for the conservation of marine top predators. Her current research aims to describe future spatial distribution of Highly Migratory Species (HMS) under different climate change scenarios in the California Current System (CCS) and using Species Distribution Models (SDM). Nerea collaborates with different marine institutes from Europe and assist PhD students working on fisheries and habitat use of elasmobranchs. She is co-founder of the mobulaconservation project NGO ( working for the protection of mobulid rays in the Gulf of California.

Jessica Perelman Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (CIMAR) and the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC)

Session 12 Invited Speaker

Jessie is a marine ecologist working with the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (CIMAR) and the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC). Jessie has a primary background in pelagic and midwater ecology, and more recently reef ecology. She is interested in how oceanographic processes and human factors influence community dynamics and species distributions, and has expertise in quantitative modeling, satellite and ocean model data, and fisheries acoustics. Jessie is particularly interested in better understanding scales of ecosystem variability in the face of a changing climate, and using this knowledge to inform management of living marine resources.

Xu Zeng School of Oceanography, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Session 12 Invited Speaker

Dr. Xu is a research assistant in School of Oceanography, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her research focuses on fish habitat assessment, fisheries resource conservation, and marine protected area effectiveness assessment. Her current research focuses on addressing the effects of habitat and conservation measure interactions on biological communities and providing recommendations for the design and optimization of marine protected areas. She has also published a series of research papers, including habitat selection of rocky reef fishes and marine protected area effectiveness assessment. She is also the leader of several Chinese Ministry of Natural Resources Key Laboratory Open Fund projects. She is responsible for assessing the impacts of marine protected areas on fish communities.

Session 13
Operational forecasts to improve recruitment prediction in fish stock assessments

Carrie Holt Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, DFO, BC, Canada

Session 13 Invited Speaker

I am a Research Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Nanaimo, BC. The goal of my program is to develop tools to facilitate communication and decision-making at the interface between science and management for Pacific salmon. My research interests focus on the development of reference points for Pacific salmon, run-size forecasting methods, decision-support tools that integrate harvest, hatchery and habitat impacts for salmon, and assessment approaches that pair Indigenous Knowledge with Western science. Recent projects include the evaluation of assessment methods that account for time-varying population parameters in stock-recruitment relationships and the provision of management advice that considers these changes, and the development of analytical tools for evaluating extinction risk for species with patchy or limited data (with Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, COSEWIC). I started my research career studying zooplankton in freshwater lakes in eastern Canada, followed by a PhD in salmon assessment and management at Simon Fraser University, and post-doctoral research at the University of Washington incorporating climate variables into groundfish assessments.

Session 14
Seamount biodiversity: Vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) and species associated with seamounts in the North Pacific Ocean

Ashley Rowden Victoria University of Wellington, School of Biological Sciences, New Zealand

Session 14 Invited Speaker

Ashley Rowden is a Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, and a Professor of Marine Biology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests are largely focused on examining the drivers and processes that control and maintain biodiversity in the marine environment. Specifically, he’s interested in exploring the relationship between the biodiversity of seafloor fauna and habitat heterogeneity, productivity, and disturbance. To understand these relationships, he has been involved in research in a range of marine habitats from the intertidal to the deepest depth of the ocean. Some of his research has concerned applied aspects of marine science: such as determining the effects of fishing, aquaculture, and seabed mining on seafloor fauna, and the production of habitat suitability models, environmental classifications, and ecological risk assessments for conservation and management purposes. Ashley is currently working on projects looking at the impact of disturbance by seabed mining and turbidity currents on seafloor communities in the deep sea, and those that involve the development of species distribution models for the management of trawling impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystems, including on seamounts.

IPHC Special Session
The International Pacific Halibut Commission: 100 years of science-based fishery management

Piera Carpi Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Bergen, Norway

IPHC Special Session Invited Speaker

Dr. Piera Carpi is a fisheries scientist, with a M.Sc. in marine biology and a Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. She has worked in a variety of international institutes and her focus over the years has been on the stock assessment and management of mostly pelagic species, for both data-rich and data-poor stocks. She is currently working at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen (Norway) where she is part of the sustainable development team. Here, under the umbrella of the EAF-Nansen Program of FAO, she provides support to fisheries scientists in developing countries to help them with the data collection, data analysis and stock assessment of key commercial species. Before joining IMR, Piera was a postdoctoral researcher at the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) in Seattle. Her role within the Commission was to help in the development of an area-based Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE). This MSE allowed the definition of harvest strategies directly related to the movement and dynamics of the stock of Pacific Halibut as well as to the need of the fishery. During her time there she also compiled all the research available on Pacific Halibut since the beginning of the Commission and produced a comprehensive review of the ontogenetic migrations of this species.

Barbara Hutniczak International Pacific Halibut Commission, Seattle, WA, USA

IPHC Special Session Invited Speaker

Dr. Barbara Hutniczak is a Fisheries Policy Branch Manager at the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). In this role, she serves as the primary assistant and advisor to the IPHC’s Executive Director on all fisheries policy matters and provides advice and expertise on socio-economic aspects of Pacific halibut fisheries. In doing so, she provides advice, consultation, guidance, and review of fishery regulations and policies proposed to, or implemented by, the IPHC. Before taking the policy lead role, as the IPHC's economist, she developed a multiregional economic impact assessment of Pacific halibut fisheries along the Pacific coast.

Prior to joining the IPHC, Dr. Hutniczak worked as a policy analyst for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where her focus was on best policies and practices in combating IUU fishing at the national and regional levels. She got her PhD in Economics with a focus on natural resources from the University of Southern Denmark in 2014.

Workshop 1
Creating Concise and Compelling Fact Sheets to Amplify your PICES work

Julie Claussen Science Communicator, Fisheries Conservation Foundation, USA

Workshop 1

Julie Claussen is a research biologist that has worked in the areas of sustainable fisheries management and the conservation of native fish populations. Recognizing the need for scientist to engage with natural resource constituents, Julie was one of the founding partners of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation where she now serves as Director of Operations. Her work focuses on effective ways to share science-based research with stakeholders so that decisions can be made for the long-term health of aquatic ecosystems. Julie is serves on the advisory council for Randy Olson’s ABT Narrative Training Course and has taught why this form is vital to effective communication. Her most recent communication endeavor has been serving on the development team for the American Fisheries Society Climate Communication Programs, that works with professional aquatic scientists on how to adjust their messaging to engage and stimulate their intended audiences.

Sayaka Sogawa Fisheries Research and Education Agency of Japan (FRA) Japan

Workshop 1 Invited Speaker

Dr. Sayaka Sogawa is a senior research scientist at Fisheries Research and Education Agency of Japan (FRA). She was a fixed-term researcher at FRA until 2021, a postdoctoral researcher until 2018 and received her Ph.D. in 2013 at Yokohama National University. Her previous research focused broadly on marine ecosystems, biological oceanography and fisheries oceanography from the coast to open sea and from the surface to deep sea. Her recent interests are in socio-ecological systems and working on coastal ecosystems that are closely related to human social activities and how these changes affect fisheries and aquaculture. She’s also a member of the non-profit organization Discover Blue since graduate college which aims to build a society where we can live with the sea by helping more people understand the marine ecosystem based on professional and academic knowledge. She was a member of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers of JICA in 2007-2009, and worked on coral reef surveys and public awareness of marine ecosystems at Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

Workshop 2
Sharing Capacity and Promoting Solutions for Marine Ecosystem Sustainability within the UN Decade of Ocean Science

Hakase Hayashida Application Laboratory, JAMSTEC, Japan

Workshop 2 Invited Speaker

Hakase is a Researcher at the Application Laboratory, JAMSTEC. Hakase specializes in ocean biogeochemical modelling and he has contributed to the development and implementation of ocean and sea-ice biogeochemical modules into global models such as ACCESS-OM2 and CanESM5. Currently, Hakase aims to explore the short-term predictability of ocean biogeochemistry in the western North Pacific by developing a new operational ocean biogeochemical forecasting system within the framework of the Japan Coastal Ocean Predictability Experiment (JCOPE). Previously, Hakase did a postdoc at the University of Tasmania, Australia, where he contributed to better understanding of projected changes in marine heatwaves and their impacts on ocean biogeochemistry. In 2019, Hakase obtained his PhD in Earth and Ocean Sciences from the University of Victoria, Canada, where he contributed to better understanding of oceanic emission of dimethylsulfide (DMS) originating from sea-ice algae and phytoplankton in the Arctic. Hakase actively participates in several ongoing international research projects such as BEPSII, IAMIP2, OceanPrediction, and the two SCOR working groups, CICE2Clouds and DMS-PRO.

Khushboo Jhugroo Hakai Institute and University of British Columbia, Canada

Workshop 2 Invited Speaker

Khushboo will be joining Hatch Ltd as an Aquatics Environmental Consultant in July 2023 after completing a two years postdoctoral contract with the Hakai Institute and University of British Columbia. In her new position at Hatch Ltd, Khushboo will be looking at the social and environmental benefits/impacts of projects related to infrastructural developments, sustainable urban designs, renewable energy amongst others. She enjoys connecting information and people to make change, solve problems and find sustainable solutions. Khushboo has a PhD from the University of Auckland and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand, where she studied the interaction between terrestrial and oceanic environments. Khushboo earned her MSc from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Growing up on the island of Mauritius where she is originally from, she developed a big interest in ocean risks in Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries. She is passionate about the environment, human-ocean interactions and sustainability.

Workshop 3
GlobalHAB International Workshop on Solutions to Control HABs in Marine and Estuarine Waters

Nobuharu Inaba Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region, Public Works Research Institute, National Research and Development Agency in Japan

Workshop 3 Invited Speaker

Nobuharu Inaba is a research scientist in the Fisheries Engineering Research Team at Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region, Public Works Research Institute, National Research and Development Agency in Japan. He has vigorously studied environmental-friendly biological control of harmful algal blooms (HABs), focusing on the interaction between HAB species and bacteria mainly inhabiting seagrasses and macroalgal beds. He earned his Ph.D. in Fisheries Sciences from Hokkaido University in 2016, and during his Ph.D., he worked as an invited researcher at NOAA Fisheries (Northwest Fisheries Science Center: NWFSC), USA. He was selected for full membership in Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society (USA), in 2023 for his scientific contribution to marine sciences. He now serves as a science committee member of the 20th International Conference on Harmful Algae (ICHA 2023) in Hiroshima, Japan.

Jorge Mardones Center for Harmful Algal Studies, Instituto de Fomento Pesquero, Chile

Workshop 3 Invited Speaker

Dr. Jorge Mardones is a senior researcher at the Center for Harmful Algae Studies (CREAN)/Fisheries development Institute (IFOP) in Puerto Montt, Chile. He specializes in phytoplankton ecology, toxicology and taxonomy. His research interests lie on understanding bloom dynamics of toxic phytoflagellates in fjordic systems based on cell culturing, genetics, toxin chemistry and pigments biomarkers. Recently, he is particularly interested in fish-killing algae working with novel in vitro cell line assays. He produced the first complete manual for phytoplankton identification in the south of Chile. Currently, he is leading a citizen science initiative aiming to monitor toxic microalgae using low-cost technology and a project that seeks to eliminate the use of mice for the detection of paralytic shellfish toxins in southern Chile.

Tae Gyu Park National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS), Korea

Workshop 3 Invited Speaker

Tae Gyu Park is a harmful algal bloom (HAB) biologist at National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS) in Korea. He earned a Ph.D. in HAB biology from the University of Tasmania, researching morphotaxonomy, genetic affinities and ecology of toxic dinoflagellates. He specializes in dinoflagellate ecology, monitoring methods and HAB management. His research is focused on bloom mechanisms of toxic dinoflagellates, early warning technique and mitigation of red tide. His particular interests are the spatio-temporal dynamics of fish-killing/toxic dinoflagellates using molecular detection methods and nation-wide HAB monitoring system including inshore and offshore waters for mitigation and management of HAB.

Kaytee Pokrzywinski Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Forecasting Branch, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), NOAA, USA

Workshop 3 Invited Speaker

Kaytee Pokrzywinski is a Research Scientist in the Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Branch at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). Kaytee received her PhD in Marine Biosciences from the University of Delaware in 2014, with a specific focus on characterizing a novel, environmentally benign, bacterial algicide for the control of harmful dinoflagellates (red-tides). Kaytee also holds a BS in Biology and Minor in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to joining NCCOS in 2020, Kaytee served as a Research Biologist at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center where she led interdisciplinary teams from diverse technical backgrounds in the areas of HAB monitoring, detection and management; water quality monitoring and historic data analysis; and algal biomaterials development. Her primary focus was on investigating novel detection and control methods for cyanobacteria, ranging from molecular and remote sensing-based detection approaches to chemical, physical, and biological cyanobacteria control strategies.

Heather Raymond College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University, USA

Workshop 3 Invited Speaker

Heather Raymond is the Water Quality Initiative Director for The Ohio State University’s College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In this role she helps coordinate applied interdisciplinary water quality research that addresses the needs of local, state, and federal partners and integrates research findings into extension outreach. Prior to accepting her position at OSU, Heather served as the State of Ohio Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Coordinator where she led development of the nation’s first HAB monitoring and reporting rules, assisted public water systems and lake managers respond to HABs, conducted applied research on HAB treatment in coordination with U.S. EPA and University partners, and taught webinars and workshops on HAB response. She serves on the GlobalHABs Scientific Steering Committee, National HAB Committee, Great Lakes HABs Collaborative Steering Committee and is a contributing author to state, federal, and international HAB guidance. She has over twenty years of water quality related experience and earned master’s degrees in science and public administration from Ohio University.

Workshop 4
Changing social-ecological-environmental system of the North East Asian Marginal Seas: New challenges for integrative marine science

Hiroaki Saito Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institure (AORI), Tokyo University, Japan

Workshop 4 Invited Speaker

Hiroaki is Professor at Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo. He is studying the role of marine organisms on food-web dynamics and biogeochemical cycle. The main targets are phytoplankton and zooplankton but covering from virus to whales. He has been led inter- and transdisciplinary projects such as Deep-Sea Ecosystem and Exploitation (GLOBEC), Population Outbreak of Marine Life (IMBER), Study of Kuroshio Ecosystem Dynamics for Sustainable Fisheries (IMBeR). He’s also keen for scientific contribution of ocean-related social issues and engaging national/international activities related to UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and UN SDG14 “Life under Water”. One of the activities is a research and education project CREPSUM (Collaborative Research and Education Project in Southeast Asia for Sustainable Use of Marine Ecosystems, JSPS). He served as Chairperson of PICES Science Board from 2016 to 2019.

Workshop 5
Bio-indicators of meso to global scale marine pollution: techniques for integration and standardization

Jennifer Hoguet National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

Workshop 5 Invited Speaker

Jennifer Hoguet is a Research Biologist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is stationed at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. As a member of the Biospecimen Science Group, her efforts focus primarily on standard reference material (SRM®) production and the standardization of protocols pertaining to tissue collection, processing and cryogenic archival into the NIST Biorepository. Of the many distinct collections housed within the Biorepository, Jennifer is the west coast regional POC for the federally mandated National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank (NMMTB), and the Project Lead for the Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP). Established in 1992 and 1999, respectively, NMMTB and STAMP collections are valuable resources for long-term retrospective research. In support of NIST’s Biochemical and Exposure Science Group, Jennifer conducts organic contaminant analysis in tissues from a multitude of marine organisms (i.e., cetaceans, pinnipeds, seabirds, sea turtles and invertebrates) in attempts to elucidate temporal and spatial trends. Additionally, she is the Technical Project Lead responsible for measurement verification in several environmentally relevant SRMs (e.g., fish oil and mussel tissue).

Workshop 6
Developing an integrative conceptual framework of urban impacts on marginal ocean ecosystems

Angela Danyluk City of Vancouver, BC, Canada

Workshop 6 Invited Speaker

Angela Danyluk is the Senior Environmental Specialist at the City of Vancouver. As the senior biologist for the City, Angela works across disciplines on projects and programs related to ecology, adaptation and sea level rise. Her practice includes systems thinking, creating policy, project management, engagement, and bringing people together. Angela has a BSc in marine biology and an MSc in ecological restoration and governance. She is a Registered Professional Biologist with the BC College of Applied Biology. Angela lives on the unceded traditional homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations where she enjoys arts & culture, hiking and taking photographs of wildflowers.

Workshop 7
Integrating biological research, fisheries science and management of flatfish species in the North Pacific Ocean in the face of climate and environmental variability

Philina English Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, DFO, BC, Canada

Workshop 7 Invited Speaker

Philina English is a biologist at the Pacific Biological Station with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. She received her PhD from Simon Fraser University in 2017. Her dissertation explored the conservation ecology of an elusive nocturnal bird, the whip-poor-will. For her postdoctoral research she shifted her focus to the marine environment and explored the impact of local climate velocities on the distributions and abundance of demersal fishes. Her current research focuses on the application of hierarchical and geostatistical models to ecology and conservation problems. Specifically, she is working on identifying relationships between the environment and productivity of important Canadian demersal fish stocks and on developing tools for quantifying the corresponding risks from a rapidly changing climate.

Allan Hicks International Pacific Halibut Commission (IHPC), Seattle, WA, USA

Workshop 7 Invited Speaker

Allan Hicks is a quantitative scientist at the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Seattle, WA and is currently conducting a Management Strategy Evaluation for the Pacific halibut fishery. This involves conducting simulations to investigate various potential management procedures and working with stakeholders and managers that make up the IPHC Management Strategy Advisory Board in a stakeholder-guided process to provide advice to the Commission. Allan previously worked at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center and before then at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand conducting stock assessments and research for various fish stocks. He received a Ph.D. degree in fisheries from the University of Washington.

Noëlle Yochum Fishing Innovation and Sustainability, Trident Seafoods, Seattle, WA, USA

Workshop 7 Invited Speaker

Dr. Noëlle Yochum is Senior Manager of Fishing Innovation and Sustainability at Trident Seafoods, with a Ph.D. from Oregon State University, M.S. from the College of William and Mary (VIMS), and B.S. from the University of California, San Diego. Her field and laboratory research is focused on finding innovative ways to mitigate and understand incidental impacts of fishing, including bycatch, discard mortality, and effects on fish habitat. This work is done through understanding fish behavior and improving fishing gear design and practices. Important to her work is collaboration, especially involvement by fishing industry partners, and technology development. Her projects include evaluating the effect of artificial light on fish behavior to increase fishing gear selectivity and catchability; using artificial intelligence to identify fish by species in video footage; and developing bycatch reduction devices. While her current research is focused on U.S. west coast and Alaska fisheries, she has conducted related work on the U.S. east coast and abroad.

Workshop 8
Nurturing future generation in fisheries and marine environment science: Collaboration with PICES and Asia Fisheries and Marine Environment Leaders Program (AFIMA Leaders Program)

Nadiah Wan Rasdi Faculty of Fisheries and Food Science, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Malaysia

Workshop 8 Invited Speaker

Nadiah Wan Rasdi is an Associate Professor at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu's Faculty of Fisheries and Food Science (UMT). Universiti Malaysia Terengganu awarded her a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology in 2009 and a Master of Science in Aquaculture in 2010. Her first job was as a tutor at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (KUSTEM) from 2011 to 2012. She pursued her PhD in Aquaculture/Planktonology Live Feed Culture at Flinders University, Australia, under the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu Academic Staff Training Scheme, and graduated in 2016. Nadiah was offered a position as a University Lecturer (DS51) in UMT's Faculty of Fisheries and Food Sciences in October 2016. She has been a senior lecturer at FPSM UMT for approximately 4 years (since 2 October 2016 to date). Plankton as a ‘living capsule' that can deliver nutrients to larval fish and shrimp in the aquatic ecology and aquaculture is her study focus. This includes studying the effects of climate change on plankton biology, variety, abundance, growth, and reproduction. Besides that, she hopes her research will help improve live food nutrition for larval fish and shrimp. Her work will significantly improve aquaculture production and management, as well as bring fresh results to applied science. Her research aims to help maintain food security. Nadiah's current WoS and Scopus H-index is 10 with a total of 378 citations. As an academician, her research work and knowledge transfer were presented at various national and international level. Furthermore, she has presented 8 oral presentations in her research field, where seven (7) presentations were presented at international level and one (1) at national level. Nadiah gained administrative experiences when appointed as the Head of Aquatic Research Programme in Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, UMT (2020-2022), as well as the Academic Club Coordinator for Revolution of Fisheries Club (REVOF) in Faculty of Fisheries and Food Sciences, UMT from 2020 until 2025. Nadiah believed that these two administrative roles in faculty and institute are the essence of her contributions throughout the 6 years and 9 months as academician, and she hope to serve and contribute more for UMT growth and development. Nadiah hopes to become a nationally and regionally recognized academic leader in the field of Planktonology Live Food Culture in the near future, through extensive research, knowledge transfer, and mentoring activities.

Workshop 9
Indigenous and Community-Led Approaches to support climate change adaptation and Ecosystem Resilience in the North Pacific and Arctic

Workshop 9 Invited Speaker

Workshop 10
Towards climate-informed ecosystem-based fisheries management by building international collaborations and standardizing indicators

Workshop 10 Invited Speaker

Workshop 11
Science advances needed to understand our “new ocean”

Workshop 11 Invited Speaker