Future Earth Ocean Development Team

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The DevelopmentTeam gives advice and feedback on activities, documents and the development process of the Ocean Knowledge-Action Network until the formal Steering Committee has been established.

Mitsuo Uematsu 
University of Tokyo - Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, Japan


Emanuele Di LorenzoGeorgia Institute of Technology, USAedl@gatech.edu
Rachel Dawn CavanaghBritish Antarctic Survey, UKrcav@bas.ac.uk
Lora Elderkin FlemingUniversity of Exeter Medical School - European Centre for Environment and Human Health, UKl.e.fleming@exeter.ac.uk
Alice NewtonUniversity of Algarve, Portugalanewton.ualg@gmail.com
Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger 
(executive team)
Brazilian Future Ocean Panel - PainelMar / University of São Paulo - Oceanographic Institute, Brazilleocavaleri@gmail.com
Henrik Gustav ÖsterblomStockholm Resilience Centre, Swedenhenrik.osterblom@su.se
Ruben Veloso EscribanoUniversidad de Concepción, Chilerescribano@udec.cl
Martin Visbeck 
(executive team)
GEOMAR, Germanymvisbeck@geomar.de
Patrick ChristieUniversity of Washington - School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, USApatrickc@uw.edu
Simon Francis   ThrushInstitute of Marine Science, New Zealandsimon.thrush@auckland.ac.nz
Regina FolorunshoNigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, Nigeriarfolorunsho@gmail.com
Annadel CabanbanSustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia, Phillipinesannadel.cabanban@gmail.com
Mona SamariEarth Journalism Network - Internews, UKsamarimonaocean@gmail.com
Georgia Anne Bayliss-Brown 
(executive team)
AquaTT, Irelandgeorgia@aquatt.ie
Anna Milena Zivian 
Ocean Conservancy, USAazivian@oceanconservancy.org
Christopher OghenechovwenWorld Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council, USAkevwe.chovwen@childrenyouth.org
Françoise Gaill 
(executive team)
Ocean & Climate Platform, Francefrancoise.gaill@cnrs-dir.fr
Michelle MarteleiraCanadian Red Cross (International Operations), Canadamichelle.marteleira@redcross.ca
Kalpana  ChaudhariInstitute For sustainable Development and Research, Indiaisdrklc@hotmail.com

Development Team Bios

Mitsuo Uematsu

Mitsuo Uematsu is professor and director at the Center for International Collaboration at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in geochemistry from Hokkaido University, Japan, and looks back at more than 30 years of experience in the field of atmospheric chemistry and marine biogeochemistry. He is chair of the Japanese National Committee for Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and vice-chair of the subcommittee of Sustainability Initiative for Marginal Seas in South and East Asia (SIMSEA) in Japan.

Mitsuo’s current research focuses on the Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), an investigation of the dynamic processes occurring across the sea surface. The goal is "to achieve quantitative understanding of the key biogeochemical-physical interactions and feedbacks between the ocean and atmosphere, and how this coupled system affects and is affected by climate and environmental change."

Emmanuel Di Lorenzo

Emanuele Di Lorenzo gained his Ph.D. in Climate Sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, USA, in 2003 and is now professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA.  He is the founding director of the Program in Ocean Science & Engineering (OSE) at Georgia Tech and member of the U.S. CLIVAR Science Steering Committee. Further, Emanuele serves as chairman of the PICES Physical Oceanography and Climate Committee, as co-chair at the U.S. CLIVAR Phenomena, Observations, and Synthesis Panel, and he is vice-chairman of the Science Board of North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES).

His research interests are in the field of multi-scale climate and ocean dynamics (large-scale, regional and coastal), climate impacts on marine ecosystems and social-rcological system modeling of coastal ocean systems. In his position as director of OSE, Emanuele has actively pursued partnerships with international NGOs and private industries to establish new training and research programs in the areas of ocean sustainability, ocean technology, marine living resources, coastal ocean systems and ocean and climate.

Rachel Cavanagh

Rachel Cavanagh is a marine ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK. She has a PhD. in population ecology from the University of Liverpool, UK, and over 15 years of postgraduate experience in ecological research, international programme coordination and the provision of technical advice for policy. Much of her work involves integrating the knowledge and views of diverse stakeholders to develop multidisciplinary approaches for the conservation and management of marine ecosystems.

Previously the Executive Officer of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s Shark Specialist Group, Rachel is now the Executive Officer of the Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean Programme (ICED), a regional programme of Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR). Her current research is focused on understanding and managing the effects of change on Southern Ocean ecosystems and improving how science informs conservation and management decision-making.

Lora Elderkin Fleming

Lora Elderkin Fleming is a physician and epidemiologist with expertise in oceans and human health at the U.S. Oceans and Human Health Program. She was the co-director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) funded Oceans and Human Health Centre at the University of Miami for 8+ years and a member of the European Marine Board Oceans and Human Health Strategy Document Team. Lora has co-organised meetings and co-edited two textbooks and numerous articles dealing with Oceans and Human Health. She is a member of Global HAB with particular emphasis on human health and wellbeing; and she recieved the Ocean and Human Awards from Edouard Delcroix Foundation and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Bruun Award. She is leading a new H2020 funded Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) Project to establish a network and create a strategic research agenda for Oceans and Human Health in Europe.

Lora believes that the future health and wellbeing of humans rests on the health of ecosystems particularly the global ocean. As a physician and epidemiologist with expertise in public health she spent over 30 years trying to bring the marine/environmental and biomedical/human health communities together to focus on the next step of Planetary Health which includes the health of both humans and ecosystems in its vision.

Alice Newton

Alice Newton has a background in oceanography but her research on eutrophication has led her into more social-ecological, transdisciplinary research within the policy context and working with stakeholders. She is Professor in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences (DCMA), Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) of the University of Algarve (UAlg, Portugal). She is also a Senior Scientist leading as the Principal Investigator on the coastal zone at the Norwegian Institute of Air Research (NILU) in the Department of Environmental Impacts and Economics (IMPEC).

She is a member of Portugal’s Institute of Marine Research (IMAR), the Marine and Environmental Research Center (CIMA) at the University of Algarve in Portugal and the High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (FRAM) in Norway. She was the Chairperson of LOICZ (Land ocean interactions in the coastal zone) a core project of IGBP (the International Biosphere-Geosphere Programme) and IHDP (the International Human Dimension Programme) from 2009 to 2011. Currently, she is the European engagement partner for Future Earth Coasts (FEC), a council member of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA), the chairperson of the EU Directorate-General for Research & Innovation Bioeconomy Strategy expert group and a member of the Working Group "Climate Change" MedWet Scientific and Technical Network (STN).

Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger

Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger is a researcher with experience on topics ranging from marine ecology and ethnoecology to, most recently, the theory and practice of ocean governance. Beyond academia, Leopoldo is also actively involved in building knowledge networks across coastal Brazil, using web-based social media tools and cross-disciplinary facilitation approaches to advance new types of voluntary engagement for improved governability of emerging oceans issues.

Leopoldo is coordinator of the Earth System Governance (ESG) project Research Fellows network in Latin America, member of the Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Future Ocean Panel (PainelMar) and advisor on marine spatial planning to the Secretary of the Brazilian Interministerial Commission on Sea Resources (SECIRM). Further he is Science-Policy Coordinator of the Future Earth Coasts endorsed project Babitonga Ativa and member of the council of the Early Career Researchers (ECR) Network of Networks (NoN).

Henrik Gustav Österblom

Henrik Gustav Österblom is Associate Professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm University and Deputy Science Director at the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden. He is a member of the international advisory board of the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS2), principal investigator of the Keystone Dialogues with leading seafood companies, and of the Nereus Program – Predicting the Future Oceans with academic partners.

Henrik investigates, with a transdisciplinary approach, how marine ecosystem and societies interact at local, regional and global levels. He is actively investigating solutions for ocean sustainabillity. Recently, he has devoted much of his time to transnational  corporations, fisheries compliance, organised crime, geopolitics, adaptive governance of marine resources and seabirds.

Ruben Escribano

Ruben Escribano is professor for oceanography at the University of Concepción in Chile. His research interests lie in the areas of marine ecology, plankton ecology and community and population biology. He has worked to establish the bases for management and conservation of the global marine ecosystem. Ruben is member of the Scientific Steering Committee of IMBeR (Integrated Marine Biosphere Research) and co-chair of Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems (EBUS) Focus Program of CLIVAR. Further he was a member of the Scientific Steering Committees of GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics) and Census of Marine Zooplankton (CmarZ). From 2002 to 2006, he was the president of the South American Committee for Census of the Marine Life Program.

Martin Visbeck

Martin Visbeck is professor for physical oceanography at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Kiel University in Germany. His expertise is ocean and climate variability and change and ocean sustainability. In his research on observations of ocean circulation and mixing, he makes use of research vessel-based expeditions but also is increasingly using and advancing modern robotic platforms, including profiling floats and gliders, and the development of ocean observatories for long-term observations in the water column. Furthermore he is developing new conceptual frameworks to advance integrated marine research in the context of ocean sustainable development at the regional and international level.

Martin was member of the America Geophysical Union (AGU) Ocean Science Section Executive Committee and chair of the World Climate Research Project CLIVAR Scientific Steering Committee. Currently, he is a member of the World Climate Research Program’s Joint Scientific Committee, on the leadership council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and of the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR). Further he is chair of the German Committee Future Earth, sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and serves for the NOAA-OAR/OGP/OCO climate observing system council.

Patrick Christie

Patrick Christie is an environmental sociologist with strong interest in the human dimensions of marine conservation employing marine protected areas, ecosystem-based management and conservation fishing technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment, is professor at the University of Washington and jointly-appointed in the Jackson School of International Studies. He is editor of the Human dimensions component of Puget Sound Encyclopedia and editor-in-chief of the journal of Coastal Management.

Patrick has led various comparative, socio-ecological research projects in the U.S., Philippines, Indonesia and Latin America to inform the practice of marine resource management. He regularly provides technical advice on the human dimensions of marine conservation to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, World Bank, USAID and other governmental and non-governmental environmental organisations.

Simon Francis Thrush

Simon Francis Thrush is professor and director of the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He is Academic Editor for PLoS ONE, member of Faculty 1000 (Biology) and fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Simon’s current research focuses on the ecology of coastal ecosystems, how they respond to change and how we value the services they provide. He is interested in the positive potential we have to actively restore degraded coastal ecosystems by generating the ecological knowledge needed for successful restoration, identifying the ecosystem benefits this will provide and in sustaining engagement of society. He is working to understand how marine biodiversity links the way ecosystems function and, in turn, how this translates to the ecosystem services we value. All of his ecological work is linked to a growing interest in the interactions between ecosystems and society.

Regina Folorunsho

Regina Folorunsho is an Assistant Director in the Marine Geology/Geophysics Department of the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research. She is a marine scientist with broad experience in coastal processes, hazards and disasters, especially in West Africa. She has over 25 years experience in coastal erosion dynamics and Met-Ocean processes and has taken part in several coastal studies, environmental impact assessments, survey cruises for several oil companies and governmental and international bodies. She is an executive member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Africa and a past member of management of the United Nations Joint Commission on Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM). She has published over 35 papers on coastal and marine processes.

Annadel Cabanban

Annadel Cabanban is obtained her Ph.D. in Marine Biology at James Cook University, Australia, and has been working in academia and on several environmental projects since then. She has participated in various capacities in regional projects in the South China Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), Sulu-Celebes (Sulawesi) LME, Pacific LME, with grants from the Global Environment Fund, and the International Waters Focal Area from 1995 to the present, which is implemented by the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She was the Co-Chair of the Large Marine Ecosystem and Open Oceans Working Group, International Waters Science Project (GEF ID 3343), UNEP, and a member of the regional team on the South China Sea Impact Evaluation Study of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

At present, Annadel is engaged in the implementation of the Coral Triangle Initiative Coastal and Marine Resources Management Project in Southeast Asia (GEF ID 3589) the and Partners for Resilience 2016-2020 Project on integrated risk management in the Philippines. She is a member of the Commission on Ecosystem Management, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the International Society for Reef Studies.

Mona Samari

Mona Samari studied International Conflict Resolution, International Relations and Human Rights at the London School of Economics and has over 16 years working experience related to human rights, with a special focus on freedom of expression. In addition, Mona has extensive experience in international relations, working in conflict zones and with marginalised communities. Mona established the Middle East Office of ARTICLE 19 in Tunisia during the transitional democracy period, and she is the founder of the Tunisia Environment Reporting Network, a project established in partnership with the Earth Journalism Network to build and train existing and emerging environment journalists in the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of the Arab uprisings.

Mona’s campaign background also includes 10 years working within the  ocean conservation sector, and since 2007, Mona has worked as a communication and campaigns expert on a number of high profile marine conservation coalition campaigns. In 2017, she joined the Earth Journalism Network as the director for the West Africa Fisheries Journalism Training Project. In addition, Mona trains journalists and is the editorial coordinator of the World Environment Magazine, which was awareded the 2012 Green Media Award.

Georgia Bayliss-Brown

Georgia Bayliss-Brown, BSc MSc, has worked across a number of marine disciplines yet has focused, academically, on the indicators and impacts of climate change in the marine environment. She has over 10 years of experience in international project management, science communication and transferring and mobilising scientific knowledge to targeted decision makers, business leaders and members of the public, and training scientists to perform the same activities.

Georgia worked as Project Officer for the International Surface-Ocean Lower-Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) for six years prior to acting as an advisor to the United Kingdom Government on marine climate change. Currently she holds the role of Senior Knowledge Transfer Officer for AquaTT, a not-for-profit SME in Ireland, creating impact from marine and maritime research. She sits on the management team of the COLUMBUS project and is a member of the Knowledge Mobilization Committee of the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR).

Anna Milena Zivian

Anna Milena Zivian holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and has worked since 2009 for Ocean Conservancy, an ocean NGO that is engaged in and advocates on ocean issues, including ocean systems change. Ocean Conservancy works closely with affected communities, stakeholders and the public. Anna‘s academic background is interdisciplinary – she worked on environmental, agriculture and aquaculture policy at supranational, national and subnational levels; policy tools for conservation of genetic resources; and science and technology studies. Further, she has substantial experience in governance issues – and is a former local elected official – and maintains networks in the U.S. and internationally in the areas of coastal and marine spatial planning, ocean-climate change and international food policy.

Anna has engaged a wide range of different stakeholder groups, including fishermen, ocean renewable energy representatives, recreational users, shipping representatives and ports, as well as representatives from local, state, national and international governments. She is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section Policy Committee and of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Board.

Oghenechovwen Christopher Oghenekevwe

Oghenechovwen Oghenekevwe Christopher is an undergraduate student of Meteorology and Climate Science at the Federal University of Technology Akure in Nigeria. He previously interned at the Green Institute, the foremost hybrid institute for social training, research and education in Nigeria, with a core in environmental sustainability and engagement in 35 universities and tertiary campuses. Oghenekevwe was also an inaugural member of the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council, from 2016 until mid-2017. He was selected as the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth Regional Co-Focal Point (West/Central Africa) for the global ocean agenda, particularly ahead of the 2017 UN Oceans Conference.

Now, at a university level, he is running a Care About Climate project to help build commitments among and provide credible information and education on climate change and its intersection with oceans and coastlines, public health and water, as well as peace and conflict to 1000 undergraduates and university residents. Oghenekevwe is also a writer and contributes stories on conservation, gender, governance and socioeconomic rights to YourCommonwealth, UNICEF’s Voices of Youth, Wellbeing for Women Africa and the Huffington Post. In 2016, the Durbanville-based Maritime Review Africa recognised his efforts and named him Green Warrior for their September-October issue, reporting on the African maritime industry.

Françoise Gaill

Françoise Gaill is a biologist focusing on marine biodiversity research and is particula;;y interested in deep water environments and adaptations to extreme environments. Françoise has served on several boards and scientific councils for national and international research organisations. She has been in charge of research and innovation at the “Grenelle de la mer” and was president of the scientific and strategic committee of the large scale infrastructure FOF (French oceanographic fleet). She was vice president of the Alliance Allenvi, a national research consortium dedicated to environmental sciences and is now scientific advisor for the CNRS INEE (National Center for Scientific Research, Institute of Ecology and Environment). She is chair of the national committee for marine and coastal research (COMER) and is vice chair of the French delegation of IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee) of UNESCO.

Further, Françoise is coordinator of the scientific committee of the Ocean Climate Platform, and she participates in various committees dedicated to biodiversity and/or marine research. She is vice chair of the French Agency for Biodiversity (AFB), chair of the scientific council of the Fondation de la mer and has represented France in several United Nations negotiations, such as the Word Ocean Assessment, UN reports on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal-14, which is dedicated to the oceans, and the BBNJ Preparatory Committee.

Michelle Marteleira

Michelle Marteleira studied Public Affairs & Policy Management and holds a Master’s of Planning, Specializing in Disaster Risk Reduction. She has worked in projects on sustainable development, capacity-building and coastal resilience in Asia, Latin America and Canada and has developed partnerships across academic organisations, local and national governments, Indigenous communities and NGOs to propel global sustainability research and practice.

Michelle currently works for the Global Relations and Humanitarian Diplomacy team at the Canadian Red Cross, where she contributes to international disaster risk reduction and humanitarian efforts. She also represents the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) as the Regional Focal Point for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, and was a research associate at the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network from 2014 to 2017.

Kalpana Lalitkumar Chaudhari

Kalpana Lalitkumar Chaudhari is an engineer by training. She has pursued a Ph.D. in Engineering and Technology. Her research focuseson interdisciplinary subjects, including e-governance and information and communication technologies, their application for socio-economic and sustainable development and how they are empowering both decision-makers and communities to play a proactive role in  managing ocean and marine systems, climate change, disaster risk and coastal resilience. She is working as Vice  President of Institute for Sustainable Development and Research (ISDR) in India, an organisation that has  consultative  status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC), UN-Habitat, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), UN-Ffd (Finance for Development) and UN-WCDRR (World  Conference on Disaster risk and Reductions).

Kalpana has participated in programs on coastal and ocean governance organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, International Council for Science (ICSU), World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), International River Foundation, International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO) and other international organisations in Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America and Europe. She has organised and participated in several programs on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).