Professor Gretta Pecl is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), and the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS), both based in Tasmania, Australia. She has broad interdisciplinary research interests and a passion for science engagement and communication with the public. Much of her current research centres around understanding climate change impacts in marine systems, and how our marine fisheries and aquaculture industries and coastal communities may best adapt to these changes. Gretta’s research has a particular focus on climate-driven species redistribution, including multi-faceted approaches to developing a mechanistic and process-based understanding of the high variation in rate and magnitude of species range shifts. She was the instigator and co-convenor of the ‘Species on the Move’ conferences and developed and leads the very successful National citizen science project Redmap Australia, the Range Extension Database and mapping project, which invites fishers and divers around the coastline to help monitor changes in species distributions in Australian seas. Together with a leadership team based at the Centre for Marine Socioecology, Gretta leads the Future Seas initiative which uses ‘foresighting’ techniques to develop interdisciplinary, evidence-informed plausible scenarios of the future by 2030, for key challenges in our oceans. The initiative then takes a broad and unique look at what processes and approaches have been and could be effective for leveraging change, across all levels of intervention, to achieve a more sustainable future by 2030. Gretta is on the editorial board for Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, is an Associate Editor for Ocean Solutions (specialty section of Frontiers in Marine Science), as well as a subject editor for Ecography.
Caroline Butler is the Manager of Planning and Community Research for the Gitxaała Nation in British Columbia. Caroline is a cultural anthropologist whose academic research has focused on indigenous fisheries, local ecological knowledge, fisheries privatization, and research processes and methods. She has worked with the Gitxaała Nation on both academic and community-based research projects since 2001, and has been an employee of the Nation since 2009. Caroline coordinates community-based and collaborative marine planning initiatives in Gitxaała Territory, and designs and facilitates community engagement in research and documentation to support cumulative effects monitoring, geographic response planning, environmental assessments, and heritage protection. Her primary focus over the last few years has the been the development and implementation of the Gitxaała Marine Use plan, which involves government to government negotiations with British Columbia and Canada. She is currently participating on behalf of Gitxaała in the design of a network of Marine Protected Areas for the Northern Shelf Bioregion, which is co-governed by Canada, British Columbia, and 17 indigenous governments.
Chris Lynam is a scientist at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). As a biodiversity and food webs adviser to government he supports the implementation of the UK Marine Strategy through evidence provision. His interest lies in understanding how fisheries and other human impacts might be best managed given the direct and indirect responses of species and ecosystems in a changing climate. His research aims to take an integrative approach and has included monitoring and modelling changes in primary production, zooplankton, fish, elasmobranchs and food webs in relation to changing environmental conditions, habitats, fishing pressure and the presence of man-made structures in the marine environment. Chris co-chairs the ICES Working Group on Biodiversity Science and contributes to numerous international working groups including the "Intersessional Correspondence Group on the Coordination of Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring" for The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR).
Dr. Sherry Pictou is a Mi’kmaw woman from L’sɨtkuk (water cuts through high rocks) known as Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia and is an Assistant Professor in the Women’s Studies Department at Mount Saint Vincent University with a focus on Indigenous Feminism. She is also a former Chief for her community and the former Co-Chair of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples. She is a member of the IPBES Task Force on Indigenous and Local Knowledge. Her research interests include decolonizing treaty relations, Social Justice for Indigenous Women, Indigenous women’s role in food and lifeways, and Indigenous knowledge and food systems.
Henrik Österblom has a PhD in Marine Ecology from the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University, and a Master’s Degree in Behavioural Ecology from the Department of Zoology at Uppsala University.
He is interested in ocean ecosystems and ways to improve stewardship of marine resources. Starting as a seabird ecologist, with a particular interest in social interactions between alcids, he has worked on understanding how the Baltic Sea is managed, how international collaboration emerged to address non-compliance in Southern Ocean fisheries, and how transnational corporations shape the present and future ocean. Ongoing work is focusing on the speed and role of science in society, global cooperation and altruism, and understanding cascading industry effects from novel sustainability approaches. He has worked at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and as Special Advisor to the Swedish Government in the Secretariat for the Environmental Advisory Council.
Henrik Österblom is leading the Keystone Dialogues, a global co-production project including major private actors in global seafood, which has resulted in the establishment of the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) initiative, aimed to transform global seafood towards more sustainable practices. He is principal investigator in the Nereus-Predicting the Future Oceans Program, and member of the IMBER Human Dimension Working Group, the Future Earth Knowledge Action Network and the Seas of Norden Network.
Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas is a Transdisciplinary Researcher and Knowledge Broker in the marine ecosystem modelling and risk assessment group based at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere in Hobart. With a background in ecosystem science and marine ecosystem modelling, her current role is focused on helping to bridge the science-user-policy divide, as well as understanding how people make decisions, how they use information, and how best to communicate and engage regarding change and management for marine social-ecological systems. Jess served as a Lead Author for the IPCC’s Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (2019) and co-founded the Homeward Bound program for women in science and leadership. She was recently named the 2020 TAS Australian of the Year for her work in climate change science and communication.