Colloquium 2021 – Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Ángel Borja – Head of Projects
AZTI · Marine Research Division, Spain

  • Angel Borja, PhD Marine Ecology (1984); Doctor in Sciences (Honoris Causa) (Hull University, 2015). Principal Investigator at AZTI (Spain).
  • His main work is making marine ecology research useful for policy-makers and managers, studying the effects of human activities on marine ecosystems, the recovery of marine systems after impact, monitoring and assessment of marine status, under European directives (i.e. Water Framework Directive; Marine Strategy Framework Directive), as well as integrative methods under the ecosystem-approach.
  • He is member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (since 2013). Author of >250 papers (Hindex: 60), Highly Cited Researcher 2018 (Web of Science). He is Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Marine Ecosystem Ecology, Associated Editor of Continental Shelf Research and Journal of Sea Research, and member of the Editorial Board of Ecological Indicators, Marine Pollution Bulletin and Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health.
  • Referee in more than 90 international journals (after Publons Peer Review Awards 2018 & 2019, is one of the top 1% of peer reviewers in Environment/Ecology) and project evaluation agencies.
  • He is member of different scientific associations (ASLO, CERF, ECSA, ESP, SIBECOL), serving as chair/organizer of 45 international conferences and scientific session, and key-note speaker in >90 international conferences. He has participated in more than 120 European and international projects, being the coordinator of the EU 7th FP project DEVOTES (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status).
  • He has been characterized by the continuous dissemination of science and organizer of the AZTI’s successful marine summer school since 2004. He was awarded with the European SETAC Environment Education Award (2017), and the Life Time Achievement Award, by the International Conference on Benthos (Cochin, India, 2019)

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Dr. Jennifer Dannheim – Marine Biologist
Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) – Functional Ecology, Germany
and Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) at the University Oldenburg, Germany

  • Delegate of the ICES Working Group on Marine Benthal and Renewable Energy Developments (WGMBRED) and ICES Benthos Ecology Working Group (BEWG)


Marjorie A.M. Friederichs – Research Professor
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA

  • My interdisciplinary research program focuses on quantifying the historical and future impacts of climate and land-use changes, as well as population growth, urbanization, and local management efforts, on hypoxia, acidification, and biogeochemistry in coastal and estuarine systems. Research in the BioCOM lab focuses on combining mathematical computer models with biological, physical and chemical observations. I am currently looking for additional graduate students to assist in these modeling efforts. Specifically I am looking for prospective students who have a strong interdisciplinary background, including college-level physics, chemistry and math coursework. Experience with computer programming and mathematical modeling is not required, but would be a helpful additional asset. Post-doctoral positions in my lab are also available.


Jean-Pierre Gattuso – CNRS Senior Research Scientist
Observatoire Océanologique, Laboratoire d’Océanographie, CNRS-Sorbonne Université, France

    My current research projects are listed below:

  • The Oceans 2015 Initiative led by Alexandre Magnan and I
  • Small islands addressing climate change: towards storylines of risk and adaptation (STORISK), led by Virginie Duvat-Magnan and Alexandre Magnan
  • Integrated Arctic Observation System (STORISK), an EU project led by Stein Sandven
  • Southern Ocean pH Monitoring, led by Hervé Claustre and I
  • Assessing the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity and Species Adaptation (HighCO2Seas), led by Maria Cristina Gambi and Nuria Teixido
  • The Ocean Solutions Initiative, led by myself
  • seacarb, an R package to calculate seawater carbonate chemistry, of which I am the maintainer


Dr Tara Hooper – Environmental Economist
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom

  • Dr Tara Hooper is an environmental economist with a background in marine ecology, whose work focuses on exploring ecosystem service approaches to impact assessment. She has a particular interest in the environmental and social impacts of tidal and offshore wind energy, and has been involved with the UK Energy Research Centre’s Energy and Environment theme since 2012. Her PhD considered the costs and benefits of tidal range energy generation, which included developing an ecosystem services based methodology for scoping the environmental and social costs and benefits of a tidal barrage development. She has since investigated the public acceptability of tidal developments and the opportunities for small-scale tidal stream projects. Her wider research includes evaluating the impacts of offshore wind farms, considering in particular the artificial reef effects of energy infrastructure and the potential to support benthic communities and fish stocks, as well as the constraints and opportunities for the co-location of commercial and recreational fisheries with offshore wind installations. Tara’s work requires engagement with industry, regulators and planning authorities, and with wider stakeholders and the general public, and she has regularly led and supported the implementation of workshops, focus groups, surveys and interviews. She has expertise in multicriteria analysis and monetary valuation using choice experiment, contingent valuation and travel cost methods, as well as undertaking rapid evidence assessment and systematic reviews.


Prof. Dr. Karline Soetaert
NIOZ, The Netherlands


  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Sediment-water interactions
  • Environmental modelling
  • Scientific computing
  • Open source software (R)


Professor Martin Solan – Professor in Marine Ecology
Southampton University, United Kingdom

  • Professor Martin Solan is Professor in Marine Ecology within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.


Dr Vanessa Stelzenmüller
Thünen Institut, Germany

  • Ecosystem based fisheries and marine management with emphasis on marine spatial planning and conflicts between fisheries and other uses and the marine ecosystems of the North Sea
  • Development of integrated modelling approaches and decision support tools to both assess spatial management options and to support the implementation of an ecosystem based fisheries and marine management
  • Development of spatial distribution models of marine resources and fisheries activities among others with the help of geostatistical methods and GIS
  • Evaluation of marine spatial planning scenarios concerning fisheries and marine living resources