Speaker profiles

Professor Peter S. Liss, CBE, FRS

Peter Liss is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. His research interests are in ocean-atmosphere interaction particularly involving trace gases and how this relates to global change and the Earth System.

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Dr. Larry McKinney

Dr. McKinney is the Executive Director of HRI. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Texas A&M University in 1976. He is also the Executive Director of Texas OneGulf a RESTORE Center of Excellence.

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Professor Nicholas JP Owens CBiol MemMBA FSB FRGS

Professor Nick Owens is marine scientist with considerable experience of leadership of complex organisations engaged in research, commercial income generation and education in environmental science.

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Dr. Anthony Knap

Dr. Anthony Knap is the James R. Whatley Endowed Chair in Geosciences, Professor of Oceanography and Director of Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) at Texas A&M University. He holds a PhD in Oceanography.

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Jerry Miller

Jerry Miller was appointed Director of the Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in February 2015. A senior executive with expertise in science and resource management policy, Dr. Miller is the Academies’ senior scientist driving policy and program direction on sustainability-related issues.

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Dr. Richard McLaughlin

Dr. Richard J. McLaughlin is Endowed Chair for Coastal and Marine Policy and Law at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

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Paul Tett

Paul Tett is part-time Reader in Coastal Systems, and leader of the Laurence Mee Centre for Society and the Sea, at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, near Oban.

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Dr. Jennifer Pollack

Dr. Jennifer Pollack is an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her research focuses on conservation and restoration of marine organisms and habitats.

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Professor Ben Wilson

Prof. Ben Wilson’s role in UHI is to coordinate the University’s portfolio of energy related research. An area of University strength is in understanding how ocean energy devices (wind, wave, and tidal-stream) interact with the environment from harnessing and surviving the resource to impacts with indigenous fauna and flora.

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Dr. David Yoskowitz

Dr. David Yoskowitz is the Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics and Associate Director of the Harte Research Institute (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He was previously the Chief Economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during 2014 – 2015. His work is focused on elucidating the link between environmental well-being and human well-being and moving practice into policy.

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Professor Teresa Fernandes

Prof. Teresa Fernandes’ research focus on how human activities affect the health of natural ecosystems. She is particularly interested in ecosystem health, links with human health, and management of risk. Specific subjects of her research have included the assessment of effects of human activities such as oil and gas and aquaculture, and the effects of contaminants, such as nutrients, endocrine disruptors, plastics and nanomaterials.

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Dr. James V. A. Abbey, Ph.D., MBA

Dr. James Abbey is the Director for Global & Corporate Partnerships for The Texas A&M University System. In this role, he holds the purview of research at Texas A&M-Galveston, Texas A&M–Corpus Christi, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas A&M International-Laredo; in addition to Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension, Texas A&M Health Science Centers in College Station and McAllen, Institute for Bio-science & Technology (IBT) in Houston. Dr. Abbey played a pivotal role in securing the strategic collaborative engagements with IBM, US Army Reserve Corp, Trail Head Healthcare and ABENGOA ESP and OvaGene Dianostics.

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Dr. Lauren Cifuentes

Dr. Lauren Cifuentes is Director of Distance Education and Associate Professor at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

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Dr. Anuschka Miller

Dr. Anuschka Miller is a marine biologist with a scientific background in climate relevant biogase.

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Dr. Rudy Rosen

Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Rosen, is a Visiting Professor and Director of the Institute for Water Resources Science and Technology at Texas A&M University in San Antonio and a Fellow of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.

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Dr Gary Campbell

Dr Gary Campbell was an Environmental Scientist specialising in climate change, forest nutrition and alien plant species before moving into education.

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Dr. Frank Pezold

Dr. Frank Pezold is the Dean of Texas A&M University’s College of Science & Technology. Dr. Pezold and his students study fish diversity and evolution with applications to ecology and conservation. His major contributions have been in the systematics and classification of gobiidae. Dr. Pezold has conducted field work in freshwater and coastal waters of the southeastern US, Mexico, Venezuela, West Africa and Micronesia.

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Prof. Keith Smyth

Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the University of the Highlands and Islands, where he leads the Learning and Teaching Academy and works across the partnership on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects, and supporting staff to engage in educational research.

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Prof. Mark Inall

I am Professor of Physical Oceanography and Lead Scientist of the North Atlantic Glider Base; pioneering the use of Gliders in marine science. I lead the UK Ocean Shelf Exchange programme.

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Dr. Michael Starek

Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Sciences and Geospatial Engineering, Director of Geospatial Computing Lab and MANTIS

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Dr. Phil Anderson

Phil Anderson joined SAMS in the summer of 2012 as Head of Marine Technology after 27 years working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

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Dr. Steven DiMarco

Dr. Steven F. DiMarco is a Professor in the Department of Oceanography and Ocean Observing Team Leader in the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group at Texas A&M University.

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Jimmy Slaughter

Jimmy Slaughter is the Solutions Architect working within the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, as part of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA).

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Dr. Stefan Gary

Stefan Gary graduated from Swarthmore College with degrees in engineering and art history, and then joined the Peace Corps and taught physics in Tanzania for two years. This experience is what motivated Stefan to study earth science, and the fluid dynamics of the ocean in particular.

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Dr. Bart Ballard

Dr. Bart M. Ballard holds the C. Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence Endowed Chair in Waterfowl Research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

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Kevin Forshaw

Kevin Forshaw has been engaged with support for the Marine and Maritime sector for over 15 years, acting as the interface between University’s and Research Organisations and Industry. He established a Marine Thematic Group whilst working for the European Commission’s Innovation Relay Centre, and has since worked for 3 Universities before joining the NOC.

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RDML Philip Kenul

Philip Kenul is a Senior Vice President, Aviation and Operations, TriVector Services Inc., and serves as Vice-Chair, ASTM Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Committee F38 is developing standards that facilitate UAS operations at an acceptable level of safety in the National Airspace. He is currently supporting NOAA’s UAS Program Office as a contractor.

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Fraser MacDonald

Mr Fraser Macdonald is a NERC directed Knowledge Exchange Fellow. His focus is on engaging with the UK oil & gas, EU marine policy, and defence sectors to identify knowledge gaps and facilitate impact from NERC science, specifically within physical oceanography and the application of autonomous vehicles.

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Jerry Hendrix

Jerry Hendrix is the Executive Director for the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation. He is an aerospace leader having worked for industry including Boeing, L3 Communications and Camber for over 32 years. Jerry has supported FAA, NASA and DOD missions over his career and is a published author in technical journals in systems and software engineering.

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Richard M Lusk

Rick Lusk is the Director of the UAS Research Center and leader of the Data System Sciences and Engineering Group in the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. With more than 30 years of professional experience, he is an expert in designing and planning integrated technology platforms and managing their creation and transformation into comprehensive, authoritative, and intuitive support systems.

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Loren Hiller

Loren Hiller, Marine Sales Manager at Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) has a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology from the University of Portsmouth. Loren’s speciality at CTG is to develop the company’s global marine science sales of fluorometers, oceanographic sensors, acoustic products and towed undulating vehicles.

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Sonia Ortega

Sonia Ortega is head of the Europe and Eurasia Office at the National Science Foundation. She has been at USEU since December 2015.

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Dr. Juan Landivar

Dr. Juan Landivar Bowles earned a bachelor’s degree in crop science in 1976, a master’s degree in plant genetics in 1979 and doctorate in crop physiology in 1987, from Mississippi State University.

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Dr. .Elizabeth Cottier

Elizabeth Cottier- Cook is Head of the United Nations University (UNU) and Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) Associate Institute, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, specialising in Marine Invasive Species at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and Programme Leader for the Erasmus + Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (ACES).

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Dr Joe Fox

Joe M. Fox is Professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries/Mariculture in the College of Science and Technology at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. A former Department Chair in the Department of Life Sciences, Dr. Fox is an internationally-recognized aquaculture researcher with a PhD from Texas A&M University in Fisheries and Wildlife Science. His formal academic training is in animal nutrition with a focus on aquatic organisms.

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Dr. Michele Stanley

Dr Michele Stanley has over 23 years research experience in the field of biotechnology, working on applied phycological projects for more than 20 years. Since joining SAMS in 2006, she has developed and lead on establishing research within the field of marine biotechnology, focusing on the fundamental aspects of phycology, which have potential commercial applications.

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Dr. John Scarpa

Dr. Scarpa has been involved in aquaculture research, teaching, and training for 30+ years. His areas of study range from bivalve culture/bivalve ploidy manipulation to delineating culture requirements of pharmacologically important species and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. He also has experience with microalgae culture, macroalgae culture, shrimp culture, fish culture and recirculating systems.

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