ACOM bios

ACOM bios

Get to know the members of our Advisory Committee (ACOM).

​​ACOM leadership

Mark Dickey-Collas, ACOM Chair

Mark has 25 years of experience in providing fisheries and marine science advice having previously worked as a national fisheries science expert in Northern Ireland and the Netherlands. Mark liaises with regional and international organisations across the North Atlantic and Arctic on issues such as fisheries science, ecosystem assessment, ocean health, biodiversity, data provision, Good Environmental Status (MSFD), vulnerable species, and impacts of fishing. 

His scientific expertise is in ichthyoplankton, population dynamics, ecosystem modelling, ecosystem approach and the policy/science interface. He regularly reviews national and international research programmes and projects, and is well versed in the marine research infrastructure in Europe and North America.

Email​; Web of science; Orcid; Google Scholar; Twitter

​​​​​​​​Colm Lordan, ACOM Vice-Chair

Colm is a senior fisheries advisor at the Marine Institute in Galway, Ireland. He leads a team focused on surveys, stock assessment and management advice for a range of demersal and Nephrops stocks.  His research interests include survey development, mixed fisheries, ecological process understanding and innovation in data collection and analysis.  He is passionate about ensuring that the evidence base for decision making is underpinned by high quality FAIR data, best available science and robust assessments. 

As Vice-chair of ACOM Colm has promoted the development of an end to end quality assurance framework for advice. He oversees the advice on fishing opportunities as well as special request related to mixed-fisheries and MSEs.  He regularly presents the advice to recipients and stakeholders. 

Email; Google Scholar; Researchgate

Eugene Nixon, ACOM Vice-Chair

Eugene is one of the Vice-chairs of the ICES Advisory Committee, focusing on advice relating to ecosystems services and effects. He has worked for a number of Irish authorities on contaminant monitoring in the marine environment and foodstuffs, in permitting and regulating the effects of a wide range marine activities and spatial planning, both marine and on land. He has a long association with ICES and served on various working groups and committees, including being the national Delegate for Ireland at the ICES Council.


Ghislain Chouinard, ACOM Vice-Chair

Ghislain is a Vice-chair of ACOM. Previously, he was a career scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada involved in fish stock assessments, scientific advice and the direction of research programs.


Henn Ojaveer, ACOM Vice-Chair

As ACOM Vice-chair, Henn has a responsibility to oversee the delivery and further development of ecosystem, fisheries and aquaculture overviews, viewpoints and further advancement of ICES knowledge base for ecosystem-based management.

His main scientific interests are related to biology, ecology, assessment and management of non-indigenous species, but also studies in temporal dynamics of intermediate and upper trophic levels of marine ecosystems in relation to natural and human factors. Henn has previously chaired ICES Strategic Initiative on Biodiversity Advice and Science (SIBAS) and Human Activities, Pressures and Impacts Steering Group (HAPISG). He is involved in the UN World Ocean Assessment II and IPBES Invasive Species Assessment.

E-mail; Google Scholar; Researchgate

Nationally nominated ACOM members

Els Torrelee, Belgium

Els is the head of the Fisheries Biology research group at the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) in Ostend, Belgium. She is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Belgian Data Collection Framework (DCF). One of the main tasks of her research group is the coordination, organization and implementation of the data collection on biological and socio-economic data, fisheries dependent & independent data, including the recreational fisheries and bycatch. Outcomes of her research are intended to support advice on fisheries management and on ecosystem-based management. 


Marie-Julie Roux, Canada

Marie-Julie is a research scientist at the Maurice-Lamontagne Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Her areas of expertise are aquatic ecology, ecosystem approaches to fisheries, data-limited stock assessment and scientific communication. She has conducted research in the Canadian Arctic, South Atlantic and South Pacific, working across scales from local artisanal to regional and high seas fisheries. Her current role focuses on the incorporation of climate change and ecosystem considerations in the formulation of scientific advice for marine resource use.

EmailDFO profile

Morten Vinther, Denmark

Morten is the senior scientific advisor at the Technical University of Denmark, National Institute for Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) in Copenhagen, Denmark. His role is to provide scientific advice on issues related to fish and fisheries both nationally and internationally.

His main scientific work focuses on the development and application of multispecies stock assessment models including predator-prey interactions, and evaluation of the effects of closed areas and other management measures.

​Email; ResearchgateGoogle Scholar 

​Robert Aps, Estonia

Robert is a Senior Research Fellow in ecology at the Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu. He is also acting as the head of Marine Systems Department at the institute. He is supervising the systems theoretic approach based sustainability science developments by focusing on the interactions between natural and social systems, and how those interactions affect the challenge of sustainability. This transdisciplinary research incorporates the processes, methodologies, knowledge and goals of stakeholders from science, industry and politics and is contributing to science-policy interfaces and social processes where the exchange between scientists, decision makers and stakeholders takes place.

Robert was the Estonian Delegate to ICES Council in 1998-2018, and since 2019 the Estonian representative to ACOM.


Alain Biseau, France

​Alain is Team Leader of Fishery Assessment and Advice at the Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER) Lorient, Britanny. He coordinates the participation and work of the French members in the relevant Expert Groups of ICES and Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (ICCAT, GFCM). In France he acts as a liaison between scientists, fishing industry and administration. He has a long history of participation in ICES working groups (e.g. Nephrops, Southern Shelf stocks) and is the French ACOM member since the late 1990s.


Jari Raitaniemi, Finland

Jari is a Senior Scientist at the Natural Research Institute of Finland (Luke). His main research interests include pelagic (mostly herring) and coastal fish species in the northernmost Baltic Sea (mainly the Finnish coast and nearby sea areas) with emphasis on economically valuable species or those that have potential to be economically valuable. His research also focuses on the methods and validity of fish age determination.


​Christopher Zimmermann, Germany

Christopher is the head of the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries in Rostock, Germany. Thünen is a Federal Research Institute dealing with rural areas, forestry and fisheries. Chris is specifically interested in innovative approaches to fisheries management and the communication of scientific advice to stakeholders and a wider public. His background is in ecophysiology of fishes of Polar Seas, acoustic surveys and assessment of pelagic fish. He is also one of the German Delegates to ICES.


Gudmundur Thordarson, Iceland

​Guðmundur is currently the head of the Demersal Division at the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute in Iceland. The section deals with advice of demersal stocks and invertebrates. His research is focused on stock dynamics, recruitment, behaviour and ecosystem interactions and the impact of human activities on the ecosystem. His main scientific work includes stock assessment, optimised data sampling and general ecology of demersal stocks. 

Guðmundur previously chaired ICES Northwestern Working Group​, co-chaired the Working Group on the Biology and Assessment of Deep-sea Fisheries Resources. He completed his PhD in Fisheries biology at Imperial College, London in 2005.


Jonathan White, Ireland

Jonathan is a Team Leader in Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services based in the Marine Institute in Galway, Ireland. His focus is on demersal fish stock assessments and data collection. He is member of ICES Working Group for the Celtic Seas Ecoregion.  

Jonathan has a varied background ranging across aquatic ecology, statistics, oceanography, data management, seabed habitat mapping, and salmon stock assessment. Currently he's interested in progressing sustainable management of marine resources through provision and development of useful and applicable scientific advice.


Didzis Ustups, Latvia

Didzis is the Head of Fish Resource Research Department in the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment (BIOR) in Riga, Latvia. In his research, he's interested in the understanding of ecosystem functioning of the Baltic Sea and its coastal rivers. Didzis has been involved as a fishery expert in the development of maritime spatial planning on the national and pan-Baltic levels.


Linas Ložys, Lithuania

Linas is the Head of Laboratory of Fish Ecology at the Nature Research Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. The laboratory is the premier research group with expertise on marine and coastal freshwater as well as inland fish communities in Lithuania. The laboratory is involved in research and monitoring to fulfil Lithuania's obligations regarding species and habitat protection in accordance with EU directives or other international conventions. It also provides scientific advice for sustainable exploitation and management of fish stocks. Arising from intensive development of various industries and economic activities that affect aquatic ecosystems, the laboratory assesses their impacts and development plans for mitigating the effects on fish stocks, as well as facilitating the recovery of already affected stocks. 

Linas' research focuses, among other fish species, on European eel, percid fish population dynamics, and their behavioral and physiological responses to changing environment.


Niels Hintzen, The Netherlands

Nielsis a senior scientist at Wageningen Marine Research in the Netherlands. He coordinates the assessment and advisory tasks of the NLD team and manages a contract with the EU on a broad range of topics associated to the CFP. Niels works closely together with the Dutch ministry to ensure adequate uptake of the ICES and STECF advice that WMR contributes to and is closely involved with stakeholder initiatives to use industry data for assessment and advisory products.

Over the years, Niels has developed a keen interest and expertise in analyzing VMS and logbook data. He has a strong interest in predicting fishing impact at very small spatial scales and hereby contribute to understanding the link between habitat, benthos and fishing impacts.

Email; Google Scholar

Bjarte Bogstad, Norway 

Bjarte is senior scientist at the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway where he works in the Demersal Fish section, and has been the Norwegian member to ACOM since 2019.

His scientific work focuses on stock assessment and trophic interactions including diet studies, and his research has focused on the main fish stocks in the Barents Sea, in particular cod and capelin. He has previously chaired ICES Arctic Fisheries Working Group and Co-Chaired the Working Group on Multispecies Assessment Methods. He also provides advice to Norwegian authorities on fisheries management and takes part in negotiations on annual fisheries agreements between Norway and other countries.


Jan Horobwy, Poland

Jan is the head of the Department of Fishery Resources at National Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Gdynia, Poland. The role of the department is to provide scientific basis for rational exploitation of fishery resources and to provide advice on fish stock management. Jan's research interests focus on ecological modelling, quantitative population dynamics including multispecies interactions, fish stocks assessment and management, and interactions of fish and parasites. Recently he has been working on biological reference points related to MSY, taking into account environmental influences and data-limited situations. 


Maria de Fátima Borges, Portugal

Fátima is a senior scientist at the  Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA) in Lisbon, Portugal, and she is currently leading the Modelling and Fisheries Resources Division. Her role is to lead scientific research on biological population dynamics for fish stock assessment to provide fisheries management under the application of the Ecosystem Approach to fisheries.

Her research includes climatic impact on fish populations and implications for fisheries  management.


Yury Kovalev, Russian Federation

Yury is a Leading Scientist at the Polar branch of the Russian Federal Research Institute Of Fisheries and Oceanography (PINRO) ​Murmansk, Russia. His main scientific work includes stock assessment and fishery management of fish stocks in the Barents Sea. Yury previously chaired ICES Arctic Fisheries Working Group (AFWG)​. He completed his PhD in 2013.


​Francisco Velasco, Spain

Francisco is Senior Researcher at the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) in Santander, Spain. Currently he is the Chief Scientist of the programme on assessment of Fishery Resources in ICES Area, coordinating the team of IEO scientists working in these matters. He is also the lead scientist on the Spanish Bottom trawl surveys in the Northeastern Atlantic, northern Iberian shelf and Porcupine surveys, and has been a member of ICES International Bottom Trawl Survey Working Group (IBTSWG) since 2002. He has worked on fish trophic relationships of demersal fish, marine ecology, deep fisheries, and biodiversity conservation.

Email, Google Scholar, Research Gate

Massimiliano Cardinale, Sweden

Masimiliano has extensive experience in marine fisheries stock assessment and management and international cooperation in the fisheries ecology sector with more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of fisheries biology and ecology and the management of fisheries at national regional and global levels. He is currently Associate Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU), and he has more than 120 publications on international journals, including books, on numerous aspects of fisheries ecology as stock assessment, modelling and analysis of historical data but also bird migration ecology and ecophysiology.

Email; Researchgate; Twitter

Pieter-Jan Schön​, United Kingdom

Bio coming soon.

Kiersten Curti, USA

Kiersten is a research fishery biologist in the population dynamics branch at the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. She is the lead assessment scientist for Atlantic mackerel and part of the coastal pelagic team. Among other species, she has also worked with river herring, American shad, and black sea bass. Her research interests are focused in multispecies modeling.


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