ICMB-X 2018


Keynote Speakers


united states of america


new zealand

south africa


Special Invited Conference Speaker



united states of america

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"The aquaculture and aliens paradox: Could the reliance of the aquaculture industry on non-native species lead to its’ downfall?"

Elizabeth Cottier-Cook

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), PI for Global Seaweed, a new international Global Challenge Research Fund (#GCRF) programme and Programme Leader for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (EMJMD ACES). She has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, including a book and 5 book chapters on a variety of topics ranging from sea urchin nutrition to environmental impacts of aquaculture to marine invasive species. She has previously managed 2 EU projects concerning the impacts of aquaculture and the development of new species for aquaculture and led 2 UK-wide projects on marine invasive species. 
She has recently also led the development of biosecurity guidance for marine invasive non-native species, which in now being used by environment agencies across the UK and has worked in collaboration with colleagues in China, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, USA and numerous countries in the Mediterranean.
She is currently the lead scientist on a new Global Seaweed programme working with partners both in the U.K. and Indonesia, Philippines and Tanzania and is involved in a Marie Curie Training Network (ALFF). She is also a member of the Scottish Government Working Group on Non Native Species, which produced the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011; Scottish Government Working Group on Marine Non Native Species; MASTS Graduate School Committee; UHI Research Practitioners Group; and the UK Challenger Society Conference Committee. She is a handling editor for the journal 'Aquatic Invasions'.

"Invasions across latitudes: Macroscale patterns, mechanisms, and predictions"

Dr. Greg Ruiz

Greg Ruiz is a marine ecologist with active research interests in invasion biology, biogeography, and ecology in coastal marine ecosystems.  He heads a research group of ~ 40 full-time biologists, based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) laboratories, located on Chesapeake Bay and San Francisco Bay. Most of his research explores the patterns, mechanisms, and consequences of marine invasions at a multiple spatial and temporal scales. He conducts extensive comparative measurements and experiments among estuaries along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts for North America. A Senior Scientist at SERC for over 25 years, Greg also is a Research Professor and founding co-director of the Aquatic BioInvasion Research and Policy Institute at Portland State University. Greg has published over 140 scientific articles as author or coauthor, focusing primarily on marine invasion ecology and management. He began his career in California and has broad interests in marine biology and dynamics of coastal ecosystems. Greg holds a Ph.D. in zoology from University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in aquatic biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. For additional information visit SERC’s Marine Invasion Research Laboratory website at http://invasions.si.edu/.

"Ascidians in the anthropocene - invasions waiting to happen"

Dr. Rosana Rocha

Rosana Rocha is Professor of Zoology of Deuterostomia and Ecology at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil. Among her main research interests is the study of ascidian evolution and biodiversity, especially in coastal Brazil and in the Caribbean Sea. With the recognition of the importance of ascidians in marine bioinvasions, she began studying many aspects of marine bioinvasions, including early detection of new introductions, ecology and physiology of exotic ascidians, world-wide distributions, and population genetics. She has published 80+ papers, a third of those on bioinvasion. She has advised over 20 Master students and over 10 doctoral students, as well many undergraduates. As instructor of the summer course “Taxonomy and Biology of Tunicates” in the Bocas Research Station of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, she trained graduate students from more than 20 countries.
Dr. Rocha’s career includes being director and twice president of the Brazilian Zoological Society, Coordinator of the Zoology and of the Ecology and Conservation Graduate programs and Head of the Zoology Department. Professor Rocha is associate editor of the Journal Zoologia and contributes expert opinion to state, federal & international government agencies on coastal marine ecology and bioinvasions. She has also been editing the Newsletter of the Brazilian Zoological Society, a science communication publication directed not only to the members of the Society but towards the general public. She is editor of Tunicata for the Word Register of Marine Species – WoRMS, and the Brazilian Fauna Taxonomic Catalog - CTFB.

"Marine Biosecurity Downunder: A 30 year retrospective on the development of world-class systems to deliver outcomes in a fluid environment"

Dr. Chad Hewitt

Chad Hewitt is the Dean of Science at the University of Waikato. He served as the Chief Technical Officer – Marine Biosecurity for the New Zealand Government and was responsible for the management and implementation of the biosecurity system in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone.
Chad originally moved to Australasia to take up a role at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation as Leader of the Invasion Processes Group at the Centre for Research on Introduced Marine Pests (CRIMP) in 1996. His group undertook the first comprehensive study of modern and historical invasions in the Southern Hemisphere, and established the National Port Baseline Survey Programme to determine the scale and scope of marine invasions in Australia. The protocols developed for this programme have now been adopted by national governments, non-governmental organisations and UN agencies across the globe. His background is in marine ecology, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley (USA) in both Biology and Fine Arts, and a PhD in Biological Science from the University of Oregon (USA). He held one of the US Department of Energy Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships which he undertook at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Chad’s research portfolio revolves around the role humans’ play in changing the natural world, particularly in marine systems, and how natural science can influence management and policy. His research has primarily focused on how humans have transferred species around the globe, the consequences of those movements in ecological and evolutionary contexts, and the ways that we can predict, prevent and/or mitigate the impacts of these novel species.

"Intraregional spread of marine alien species: Integrating research and management"

Dr. Tammy Robinson

Tammy Robinson is based at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she is a core team member of the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology and an academic staff member of the Department of Botany and Zoology. She has a passion for research that draws on strong theoretical foundations to address relevant and applied questions. Her research interests lie predominantly in understanding factors that regulate the spread and patterns of marine invasions and on quantifying their impacts, with the ultimate aim of supporting evidence-based management. As such she has worked extensively on the intra-regional spread of marine alien species with a focus on the role played by yachts. In recognition of the importance of biotic and abiotic factors in regulating incursions, Tammy is also interested in the role of predation and competition in mediating invasions and how these interactions may be affected by our changing climate. Despite the fact that invasions can have impacts on the ecology, socio-economics and human health of recipient regions, these impacts are seldom quantified and rarely are all three spheres of impacts considered. In an effort to address this issue Tammy is been involved in the holistic assessment of impacts of a variety of species along the South African coast.

"Ballast water and hull fouling in Argentina and South America: vector assessment and regulations"

Dr. Francisco Sylvester

Francisco Sylvester graduated in Biological Sciences at the Autonomous University of Madrid (1998) and holds a PhD from the University of Buenos Aires (2006). Since 2010, he holds a permanent research position with the Argentine CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council), currently fulfilled at the National University of Salta. His research interests include the ecology of invasive bivalves (Limnoperna fortunei and Corbicula fluminea) in large South American rivers and the assessment of vessel hull-fouling and ballast water as vectors for aquatic introductions. More recently, he has become involved in the study of patterns of benthic invertebrate biodiversity in high-mountain ecosystems in the Andean Puna. He has worked for the Argentine Services for Environment and Protected Areas. He has held postdoctoral and teaching positions with the University of Windsor (ON, Canada), University of Buenos Aires, and National University of Salta (current). He presently supervises three PhD students. He has published 16 papers in scientific journals, seven book chapters, and made numerous presentations in national and international scientific meetings.

"Ubi sumus? / Quo vadimus?: Marine Bioinvasion Ecology in the Twenty-First Century, Revisited"

Dr. James T. Carlton

Jim Carlton is Professor of Marine Sciences Emeritus at Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts USA) and Director Emeritus (1989-2015) of the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program (Mystic, Connecticut). His research focuses on the environmental history of coastal marine ecosystems, including invasions of non-native species and modern-day extinctions in the world’s oceans. His research sites include the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of North America, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Galapagos Islands. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biological Invasions, a Pew Fellow for Marine Conservation, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and he has been a Distinguished Research Fellow of the University of California at Davis’s Bodega Marine Laboratory and the Paul Illg Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories. He is the only scientist to receive the Interagency Recognition Award from the United States Federal Government for his national and international work to reduce the impacts of exotic species invasions in the sea. He was Co-Chair of the Marine Biodiversity Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, which produced Understanding Marine Biodiversity: A Research Agenda for the Nation, and he was Co-Chair of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council committee advising on setting standards for ballast water to reduce invasive species introductions. Jim wrote and edited a monograph on the marine life of the Pacific Coast (Intertidal invertebrates from Central California to Oregon, University of California Press, 2007, 1001 pp.). In 2007, the James T. Carlton Marine Science Center, an 8000-square foot research and teaching facility of the Williams-Mystic Program, was dedicated in his honor. In 2013 he received the Fellows Medal of the California Academy of Sciences. He has authored or co-authored more than 175 peer-reviewed publications and co-edited/authored 6 books. Jim received his undergraduate degree in Paleontology from the University of California-Berkeley, his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California-Davis, and did his postdoctoral work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


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