Caroline Durif

Long-distance migrations: orientation and navigation of anguillid eels

Caroline Durif is a principal research scientist at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Norway, where she has been since 2004. She received her PhD in France on the migration of the European eel and its challenges linked to hydropower. Her research now deals broadly with fish migration and orientation mechanisms, specifically magnetic orientation.

With her team, they have demonstrated magnetic orientation in the European eel, Anguilla anguilla, but also more recently in haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) and goldsinnny wrasse (Ctenolabrus rupestris). She also specializes in studying how the behavior of marine organisms can be affected by anthropogenic effects – some related to climate change (global warming, ocean acidification, ozone layer depletion) – but also related to the development of human activities in the ocean (renewable marine energy and offshore surveys).

Dr. Durif gives scientific advice on the status of eel and lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) in Norway and at an international level. She is currently serving as associate editor for the journal Fisheries Management and Ecology

Cláudio Oliveira

Biodiversity in Neotropical fishes

Full Professor at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP) since 1989. 

Reviewer of several foundations and scientific journals and Assistant Editor of Scientific Reports, Frontier in Genetics, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Animal Diversity and Neotropical Ichthyology. 

I have been working with fish for the past 35 years, conducting research in several fields such as: cytogenetics (chromosomes), population genetics, systematics, taxonomy, biogeography, ecology, and evolutionary biology. 

I published more than 400 articles in specialized magazines, several book chapters and two books. The main focus of my research is the biodiversity and evolution of fishes in the Neotropical region.

Photography by Miguel Nuñez

Elena Ojea

An updated assessment on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Oceans

Elena Ojea is a senior researcher at CIM-Universidade de Vigo (Spain) currently leading the Future Oceans Lab, conducting research on adaptation solutions for marine social-ecological systems that allow for sustainable management, equity and livelihood support.

She was granted in 2016 with an European Research Council with an ERC Starting Grant for the project CLOCK: Climate Adaptation to shifting stocks, where she is looking at fisheries management regulations threatened by climate change.

Elena holds an undergrad in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Economics, and has experience as a post-doc and research fellow at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), and as a visiting scholar at the Bren School for Environmental Science and Policy (USA).

She is currently involved in climate risk and vulnerability assessments in two European projects (FutureMARES and MPA-Adapt), funded by H2020 and Interreg-Med program.

She is one of the co-authors of the Blue papers on the future of seafood and the impacts of climate change on the ocean economy, commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.

Since 2018, she is contributing to working group II on impacts and adaptation, as lead author in the oceans chapter, of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report.

Esteban Avigliano

Environmental life history of Neotropical fish through the chemistry of calcified structures

Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research and Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture Production at the Buenos Aires University. 

He works in fisheries and environmental chemistry and has studied the migration and population structure of several Neotropical fish species. 

He specializes in the use of geochemical indicators in calcified structures as a method to study the environmental history of fish.

Luísa Valente

Global challenges to feed the blue revolution in a sustainable way

Luísa M.P. Valente (Ph.D.) is a biologist with more than 25 years of
research experience in fish nutrition and sustainable aquaculture.

Senior scientist and Associate Professor at ICBAS, University of Porto.

Director of the Animal Science Doctoral programme.

Member of the Directive Board of CIIMAR, coordinator of the Biology, Aquaculture and Seafood Quality thematic line.

Member of the Directive Board of the European Aquaculture Society (EAS).

Has over 150 publications in international journals

Rui Rosa

Impact of climate change on sharks

Auxiliary Professor (with Habilitation) in Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.

His research aims to understand how future changes in ocean’s carbonate chemistry (pH), temperature and oxygen levels affect marine biota, at different levels of biological organization, using molecular, behavioral and modelling approaches.