SCICOM bios

SCICOM bios

Get to know the members of our Science Committee (SCICOM).

Science Committee Chair

​​Simon Jennings
The Chair of SCICOM is based at our Secretariat in Copenhagen, Denmark. As Chair, Simon works with committee members, the Secretariat and the network to strengthen the relevance, influence and impact of the organization's science. 

Simon's collaborative research  interests include population, community and ecosystem ecology; biodiversity; macroecology; food webs; life histories; stable isotopes; fisheries ecology and management; food security; environmental management systems and policy. This research is intended to improve methods of monitoring, assessment and management.

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Chairs of Steering Groups

​​Michael Rust, Aquaculture Steering Group
Michael is the Science Advisor for NOAA's Office of Aquaculture in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA but he is based in Seattle, USA. His role is to bring science to NOAA's policy and management decisions, and to provide strategic guidance to NOAA's aquaculture science portfolio. His scientific work has focused on nutrition, reproduction and development of marine fish.  More recently he is interested in issues of seafood security and resilience of food production in the face of a changing environment. Michael has previously worked as the Marine Aquaculture Program Manager at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.

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Sven Kupschus, Ecosystem Observation Steering Group
Sven is a senior stock assessment scientist at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) in Lowestoft, UK. His scientific interests focus on the assessment and drivers of ecosystem states, and analysing and modelling ecosystem and stock assessment data. The outcomes of this work support management and provide the evidence to improve future monitoring programs. 

As Chair of the Ecosystem Observation Steering Group Sven is helping Expert Groups to develop and bring forward the science relevant for stock and ecosystem assessment. Sven has previously worked on monitoring and stock assessment in estuarine and coastal systems in Florida

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Silvana Birchenough​Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics Steering Group
Silvana is a researcher and advisor on issues related to ecology and human activities and Manager of the Ecology Group at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in Lowestoft, UK. 

She works on long-term benthic changes resulting from climate change and ocean acidification, and assessing the potential impacts of multiple-stressors (e.g. temperature, pH changes and metals). Her work is also associated with in situ observations for studying processes and functions of benthic infauna and for improving seabed integrity studies (e.g. Sediment Profile Imagery camera-SPI). Silvana is a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Travel Foundation for her research on benthic ecosystems.

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Henn Ojaveer, Human Activities, Pressures and Impacts Steering Group
Henn is Chief Scientist in marine ecosystem dynamics at Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu​, and is based in Pärnu. His role is to lead ecosystem research, and to provide advice on ecosystem management. His scientific work focuses on the dynamics of intermediate and upper trophic levels with a special focus on bioinvasions. Outcomes of his research are intended to advance the understanding and application of ecosystem-based management. Henn has previously chaired the European Regional Committee for the Census of Marine Life and the ICES Working Group on Introductions and Transfers of Marine Organisms. He is also the national member of SCICOM for Estonia.

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Mette Skern-Mauritzen, Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Steering Group
Mette is Head of Research at the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway where she leads the Ecosystem Processes Research Group, focusing on ecosystem research and providing advice on ecosystem management. She is also the national member of SCICOM for Norway.

Her scientific work focuses on trophic interactions, ecosystem structure and function, and climate change impact on marine ecosystems. Outcomes of her research have advanced understanding and application of ecosystem-based management, Mette has previously worked as a marine mammal researcher at Institute of Marine Research. 

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National members and Operational Group Chairs

Antanas Kontautas, Lithuania

Antanas is Chief Scientist at the Division of Science and Fishery Research in the Ministry of Agriculture based in Klaipėda, Lithuania. He manages international projects on fisheries research, especially on small scale fishery management and recreational fishery development. His scientific work focuses on salmonid stock assessment, coastal, lagoon and riverine systems and their interactions with people and the environment. Outcomes of his research are intended to advance understanding and application of ecosystem-based small-scale fishery management. 

Antanas is also Chairman of the Board of Recreational Fisheries under the Ministries of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and a member of the monitoring committee of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme for Lithuania. He previously served as Vice Dean at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Klaipeda University.

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Antonina dos Santos, Portugal

Antonina is Senior Scientist at the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA) in Lisbon, Portugal. Her role is to lead plankton and oceanography research and to provide advice on ecosystem health and biodiversity for Portuguese marine areas. Her scientific work focuses on how critical connections in the complex life cycles of marine invertebrates regulate population dynamics in oceanic and coastal communities. Her research intends to advance understanding and application of ecosystem-based management. Antonina has previously worked as Director of the Department of Sea and Marine Resources at IPMA.

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Brian MacKenzie, Denmark

Brian is Professor of Marine Fish Population Ecology at the Technical University of Denmark, National Institute for Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) in Copenhagen, Denmark. He conducts research into dynamics of marine fish populations in response to human and natural perturbations, teaches and supervises graduate students, and provides advice to public and private organizations. His scientific work focuses on identifying and quantifying impacts of climate change/variability, fishing and eutrophication on marine populations and ecosystems. Results contribute to ecosystem-based approaches to management and stock assessment. Brian is a recent (2012-2015) co-chair of the ICES-PICES Strategic Initiative on Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems (SICCME).

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Daniel Duplisea, Chair of the Training Group

Daniel is a research scientist in ecosystems and the precautionary approach at the Institut Maurice-Lamontagne, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. His expertise is in the area of precautionary approach development for single species fisheries and development of an ecosystem approach to marine management. Daniel works closely with stock assessment scientists, ecosystem scientists and fishery managers to develop products and advice useful for management of fish stocks and human activities off the east coast of Canada. Daniel studied in Halifax, Canada then Stockholm, Sweden and then worked in Lowestoft, England before returning to Canada.

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Dariuz Fey, Poland

Dariusz is Chief Scientist at the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Gdynia, Poland. His role is to lead research on the early life history of fish and to provide advice on human impacts on the status of ecosystems. His scientific work focuses on the ecology of larval and juvenile fish and otolith microstructure analysis.  Outcomes of the research find application in the environmental impact assessment of different human activities. Dariusz has previously worked as visiting scientist at the University of Hawaii and as a National Research Council post-doc at the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory in the United States.

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Ellen Kenchington, Canada

Ellen is a senior scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography based in Dartmouth. Her role is to provide scientific advice on issues related to benthic species and habitats both nationally and internationally. Her research focuses on the benthic ecology of the continental shelf and slopes, impacts of fishing on benthic communities, and population genetics of marine organisms. Outcomes of her research contribute to identification of vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs), ecologically or biologically significant areas (EBSAs), marine protected area selection and design, and sustainable fishing practices.

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Georg Kornilovs, Latvia

Georgs is Senior Scientist at the Fish Resources Research Department in the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment (BIOR), Riga, Latvia. His roles are to lead sampling for Baltic herring within the Latvian National Data Collection Program, to compile input data to national and international databases and to perform the stock assessment with colleagues in the Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group. His scientific work focuses on the role of pelagic fishes in the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea and he has led age reading comparisons for Baltic herring. Georgs previously worked as a Deputy Director at the Latvian Fish Resources Agency, before it was incorporated into BIOR in 2010.

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Héðinn Valdimarsson, Iceland

Héðinn is Head of Environment Division at the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland. His research has focused on conditions and climatic variability of Icelandic waters, including studies of physical conditions, circulation around Iceland and in its coastal waters, along with implications for aquaculture and fisheries. Héðinn has also worked on other marine and fisheries research topics in Iceland as contributing to marine research in Namibia and participating in various EU-research projects.

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Jan Jaap Poos, The Netherlands

​Jan Jaap is senior researcher at Wageningen Marine Research, and is based in Ijmuiden, The Netherlands. His research focuses on spatial aspects of the interactions between fish and fisheries. He works on population ecology of marine species and adaptation of fisheries to a changing ecological and economic environment. As such, he has a keen interest in progress on the human dimension of marine resource management within SCICOM. He is currently also editor for the ICES journal of Marine Science.

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Jens Rasmussen, Chair of Data and Information Group

Jens Rasmussen is Scientific Data Manager at Marine Scotland, Aberdeen, Scotland. His role is to help safeguard, integrate, and make use of data from research, monitoring and advice both nationally and internationally. His work focusses on making data flow efficiently from field collection to publication. Jens has previously worked as a Zooplankton Ecologist at the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen.

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Jörn Schmidt, Germany

​​Jörn is Senior Research Fellow at Kiel Marine Science and the Cluster of Excellence 'Future Ocean' at Kiel University, Germany. Jörn is a specialist in inter- and transdisciplinary work with experience in immunological laboratory work, zooplankton ecology, fish larvae ecology, fisheries assessment and management and ecological-economic modeling. He is currently working on marine socio-ecological systems and concepts of sustainability in the ocean. He seeks to improve communication between science, policy, stakeholders and the general public. Jörn is also is also a co-chair of the ICES Strategic Initiative on the Human Dimension and is on the editorial board of the ICES Journal of Marine Science.

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Kevin Friedland, United States

Kevin is a Marine Scientist in the Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment Branch at the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Narragansett, Rhode Island. He conducts fisheries oceanography research to support assessment advice and to describe the influence of environmental change for management bodies. His research focuses on change in lower trophic level productivity and its impact on the recruitment and distribution of resources species. Remote sensing data play a large role in this research.

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Laura Uusitalo, ‎Finland

Laura is Head of Unit and Senior Research Scientist at the Marine Research Centre of the Finnish Environment Institute. She has a PhD degree in fisheries science, and MSc degrees in limnology and computer science. Her work focuses on the functioning, monitoring, and assessment of marine food webs and biodiversity, modelling and assessment of uncertainty, and marine management, including implementation of Marine Strategy Framework Directive and HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan.

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Maria Begoña Santos Vázquez, Spain

Maria Begoña is Head of Fisheries at the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO), based at the Centro Oceanográfico de Vigo, Vigo, Spain. Her role is the coordination and management of the five regional fisheries programs which provide assessments of the fishery resources of interest for Spanish fleets and advice to the Spanish administrations and international organisations worldwide. Her research interests include the biology, ecology and fisheries for small pelagic fish and cephalopods and the biology and ecology of marine mammals. Begoña worked previously as research assistant and research fellow at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

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Mats Svensson, Sweden

Mats is Head of the Research and Environmental Objectives Unit in the Science Affairs Department at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management in Göteborg, Sweden. Mats has a background in ecology, chemical ecology, ecological modeling and systems dynamics. He is an active member of the Steering Committee for BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme and Swedish representative to the Joint Programming Initiatives, JPI Ocean and JPI Water. He also works with the Swedish science financing organizations that support marine and maritime science, including fishery management.

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Niall Ó Maoiléidigh, Ireland

Niall is Inspector of Fisheries and Section Manager at the Marine Institute, Oranmore, Ireland.  

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Nils Olav Handegard, Norway

Nils Olav is a Principal Scientist at the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway. His role is to conduct and lead research and data infrastructure projects to assess uncertainty and increase transparency in advisory processes at IMR. His main research interests focus on how various acoustic sensors can be used to observe marine organisms including data processing and large scale observation systems. Nils Olav has previously worked at Princeton University, the University of Washington and the Alaska Fisheries Science Centre in the United States.

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Peter Wright, United Kingdom

Peter leads the ecology and conservation group at the Marine Laboratory, Marine Scotland Science and is based in Aberdeen. His roles are to lead research to underpin fish stock management and habitat protection, and to provide advice on fisheries and marine protected areas. His scientific work focuses on connectivity, demography and predator-prey interactions.  Outcomes of his research have influenced the way some fish stocks are managed and the introduction of spatial management measures. Peter completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow in 1990.

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Pierre Petitgas, France

Pierre is Director of the research unit "Ecology and models for fisheries" at the L'Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER) laboratory in Nantes.  He is a specialist of mapping spatial distributions of fish populations and their spatial relationships with abiotic and biotic environments. This research includes developing spatially explicit models coupling fish bioenergetics, demographics and distribution with physical and lower trophic models, as well as other tools needed to develop spatially explicit ocean management plans to address multiple objectives at regional scales. Pierre is also the French Delegate on the ICES Council. 

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Svetlana Kasatkina, Russian Federation

Svetlana is Head of the Laboratory of Electronic Equipment for Marine Research at the Atlantic Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (AtlantNIRO) and is based in Kaliningrad. Her roles are to develop and evaluate methods and data processing to support ecosystem-based management advice. Her scientific work focuses on improving ship surveys to meet the parameterization needs of stock assessment methods and integrated analysis of ecosystem data and fishery indices with focus on linking long term-trends to climate variability. Outcomes of her research are intended to support ecosystem-based management. Svetlana has previously worked as a fisheries acoustic scientist at AtlantNIRO.

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Steven Degraer, Belgium

Steven is Senior Scientist and Team Leader at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels. He coordinates the work of the Marine Ecology and Management team, with an emphasis on maximising the team's scientific impact and steering its role in providing marine ecosystem management advice. His research interests include marine nature conservation and sustainable use of resources, covering rocky shore fauna and non-indigenous species, marine mammals and seabirds, and effects of underwater sound. Steven has previously worked at Ghent University in Belgium, where he now maintains a role as visiting professor.

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