Study Group: Early Career Ocean Professionals
Motivation / Rationale
For several years, PICES has provided support for the participation of early career ocean professionals (ECOPs) in workshops and symposia and has recognized excellence of presentations by ECOPs at its annual meetings. It has been suggested that the success of the PICES relies on the explicit inclusion of Early Career Ocean Professionals, so that they can develop the essential skills and relationships they will need to further develop and expand PICES science and its contributions to ensuring sustainable connections with our global ocean. Their involvement means: 1) the retention of valuable institutional knowledge, 2) a greater sense of shared ownership and buy-in of the initiatives affecting their generation, and 3) insurance that solutions are crafted with the innovation that comes with a diversity of perspectives. In addition, it has been suggested that ECOPs should help PICES play a leading role in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade) by bringing fresh ideas, relevant contributions, and diverse perspectives to the next chapter of scientific discovery. Efforts are needed to explicitly define the role of ECOPs in PICES to ensure the lasting legacy of PICES. Therefore, the PICES ECOP Study Group (hereinafter, SG-ECOP) aims to utilize input from the PICES community, through workshops and surveys, to develop an engagement plan for ECOP in PICES and within the context of relevant partner organizations and international processes, such as the Ocean Decade.
Terms of Reference
The main objectives of the proposed SG-ECOP are to:
  1. Consult the PICES community to better understand priorities, gaps, and opportunities for engagement within PICES.
  2. Develop an engagement plan for ECOPs within PICES using consultations from the PICES community and by reviewing mechanisms used by other international or intergovernmental organizations, which may include a mission, vision, structure, alignment and synergies with expert groups.
  3. Identify and cultivate the development of a diverse and representative ECOP community within PICES to ensure community participation and feedback.
  4. Identify opportunities for PICES mentorship and knowledge sharing between experienced PICES members, ECOPs, and emerging ECOPs (e.g. youth).
  5. Develop Terms of Reference for a PICES expert group to implement SG recommendations on ECOP engagement and retention.
  • Study Group ECOP Membership (Russia): Ms. Anna Kurnosova (Vazhova) is a new member of the SG-ECOP.
    4/26/2021 11:02:49 AM PST
  • Study Group ECOP Membership (China): Mr. Di Qi and Dr. Pengbin Wang are newly appointed members of the SG-ECOP.
    3/29/2021 3:01:25 PM PST
  • Study Group ECOP Chair: Dr. Erin Satterthwaite has been appointed as a Chair of the SG-ECOP.
    2/26/2021 4:21:33 PM PST
  • New Study Group ECOP Membership (USA): Drs. Erin Satterthwaite, Hannah LaChance, Taylor Goelz, Matt Savoca, Steven Bograd and Vera Trainer are the members of newly established Study Group.
    1/8/2021 11:43:48 AM PST
  • New Study Group ECOP Membership (Japan): Drs. Raphael Roman, Aoi Sugimoto, Hiroaki Sugino, and Yanhui Zhu are newly appointed members of the SG-ECOP representing Japan.
    11/25/2020 12:39:03 PM PST
Dr. Alexandra C.D. Davis (SG-ECOP)
Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
c/o Biological Sciences CW 405, Biological Sciences Bldg. University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2E9
(780) 492-3308
Dr. Cameron Freshwater (SG-ECOP)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
3702 Caldwell St.
Nanaimo , BC
Canada V9T 3X7
778 350 1767
Mr. Raphael Kevin Roman (SG-ECOP)
Faculty of Agriculture
Iwate University
3-18-8 Ueda, Morioka-shi
Iwate, Japan 020-8550
+81 07026660475
Dr. Aoi Sugimoto (HD, SG-ECOP, SG-SciCom, WG-41)
SG-SciCom Co-Chair
Socio-Ecological Systems Division, Fisheries Stock Assessment Center, Fisheries Resources Institute
Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA)
2-12-4 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa
Japan 2368648
Dr. Hiroaki Sugino (SG-ECOP)
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
The University of Tokyo
Yayoi 1-1-1
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Japan 113-8657
Ms. Yanhui Zhu (SG-ECOP)
Hokkaido University
Nanaehama 3-11-2 Vesna1 205
Hokuto, Hokkaido
Japan 0490111
Mr. Di Qi (SG-ECOP)
Third Institute of Oceanography, MNR
178 Daxue Rd., Siming District
Xiamen, People's Republic of China 361005
Dr. Pengbin Wang (HAB-S, SG-ECOP, SG-SciCom)
S-HAB Co-Chair
Key Laboratory of Marine Ecosystem Dynamics
The Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)
No. 36 Baochubei Rd.
Hangzhou, Zhejiang
People's Republic of China 310012
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Seoul National University
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu
Seoul, Republic of Korea 08826
Dr. Bum Soo Park (SG-ECOP, SG-SciCom)
Marine Ecosystem Research Center
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology
385 Haeyang-ro, Yeongdo-gu
Busan, Republic of Korea 49111
Ms. Anna Kurnosova (Vazhova) (SG-ECOP)
Fisheries Oceanography Lab
Pacific Scientific Research Fisheries Center (TINRO)
4 Shevchenko Alley
Vladivostok, Primorsky Kray
Russia 690091
(8-4232) 400-805
Environmental Research Division
99 Pacific St., Suite 255A
Monterey, CA
U.S.A. 93940
(1-831) 648-8314
Ms. Taylor Goelz (SG-ECOP)
The Aspen Institute
2300 N Street, NW
Washington D.C., U.S.A. 20037
Ms. Hannah Lachance (SG-ECOP, SG-SciCom)
ECS in support of NOAA Fisheries
1315 East-West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD
U.S.A. 20910
(845) 857 4302
Dr. Erin Vera Satterthwaite (SG-ECOP, SG-UNDOS)
California Sea Grant & Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr., #0232 La Jolla, CA 92093-0232
La Jolla, California
U.S.A. 92093
(858) 534-4440
Dr. Matthew Savoca (SG-ECOP, WG-42)
Department of Biology, Hopkins Marine Station
Stanford University
120 Ocean View Blvd.
Pacific Grove, CA
U.S.A. 93950
Dr. Vera L. Trainer (HAB-S, SB, SG-ECOP, SG-SciCom, SG-UNDOS)
SB Chair
Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, NOAA
2725 Montlake Blvd. E
Seattle, WA
U.S.A. 98112
(1-206) 860-6788
(1-206) 860-3335
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