Bringing the Ocean to Society
24 Apr 2018
Tribute Event Speaker and Panellist Biographies

in order of appearance in the programme

Sławomir Sagan

President of EurOcean

Sławomir Sagan Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and currently the Vice-Director for research at the Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences (IO PAN), Sopot, Poland.  He is also the President of EurOcean since 2016. He is a specialist in marine optics, in particular on the relationship between optically active marine water components and ocean color retrieved from remote sensing instruments. He has taken part in numerous field studies in the Baltic, Nordic and Arctic Seas. He is also active in the fields of data management, marine research infrastructure and marine science policy. From 2001 to 2009 Sławomir held the position of International Cooperation Manager at IO PAN, and from 2009 to 2011 he was a member of the Marine Research Infrastructure Expert Group, EC DG RTD. He represents IO PAN on the European Marine Board since 2009. He is a member of the Polish Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (Polish SCOR) and sits on the Scientific Council of IO PAN.

Niall McDonough 

Director of Policy, Innovation and Research Support Services, Marine Institute, Ireland

Niall McDonough has responsibility for promoting and developing marine research in Ireland in accordance with national and international strategic and policy objectives. Niall is originally trained as a marine biologist, with research interests in aquaculture, fisheries and marine resource management. He holds a BA Mod. from Trinity College Dublin (1993) and a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast (1998). He has previously held management roles with the Environmental Change Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Centre for Marine Resources and Mariculture at Queen’s University, Belfast, attracting significant research funding to both centres and coordinating a number of national and international research projects. From 2009-2017, he served as Executive Director of the European Marine Board (EMB), a pan-European marine science network based at the InnovOcean campus in Ostend, Belgium. 

Manuel Heitor

Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal

Manuel Heitor is Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal. Manuel Heitor is full professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, the engineering school of the University of Lisbon and was founder and director of the IST´s “Centre for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research” as well as director of the IST´s doctoral programmes in “Engineering and Public Policy, EPP” and in “Engineering Design”. In 2011-2012 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard. He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego. Then he pursued an academic career at IST, in Lisbon, where he served as Deputy-President for the period 1993-1998. Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the S&T Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC. He is a founding member of the European network “science, technology, education and policy for Europe, step4EU”.

Álvaro Garrido

Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal 

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, where he coordinates the Economic and Social History group. He is the Vice-Scientific Coordinator of the research unit within the Centre for 20th Century Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20). He has a Bachelor and Master´s degrees in History and a PhD in Economics from the University of Coimbra.

He was the Director of the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo from 2003 to 2009, and is currently an Advisor to the museum. His research focusses on contemporary economic history, in particular contemporary maritime history. Key themes include: corporatism, fisheries, marine economy and social economy.  Notable from his work are the books, articles, films and exhibitions about the cod fisheries in the North Atlantic.

Recently published works include: Cooperação e Solidariedade. Uma História da Economia Social (Tinta-da-China, 2016); Queremos uma Economia Nova! O Corporativismo Salazarista (EDIPUCRS, Brasil) and As Pescas em Portugal (Col. Ensaios da Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, 2018). He has published 18 books, three of which include a preface from Mário Ruivo. He has received five research prizes. 

Ricardo Serrão Santos

Member of the European Parliament 

Ricardo Serrão Santos (RSS) is a Member of the European Parliament (EP) since July 2014 and a full Member of the Committees on Fisheries and on Agriculture and Rural Development and in the Inter-Parliamentary Delegation EU-Canada. He is also the Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroups on “Seas, Islands, Rivers and Coastal Zones” and on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development“.

Ricardo holds PhDs from the Universities of Liverpool and the Azores. A marine researcher for 30 years, he has over 300 scientific publications. RSS dedicated much time to scientific ocean cruises, including several deep-sea dives in scientific manned submarines. He has been a member of scientific councils and chair of evaluation panels of the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Portuguese Delegate at ESFRI and the EC Committee of Research Infrastructures. RS was President of the IMAR-Institute of Marine Research, and Pro-Rector of the UAc and Director of the Department of  Oceanography and Fisheries of UAc, Vice-Chair of the European Marine Board and President of EurOcean (2012-2016). He has received several honorable mentions, prizes and awards.  And is a member of the “Portuguese Academy of Sciences” and emeritus member of the “Portuguese Navy Academy”.

Maria Eduarda Gonçalves

Professor,  ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute

Maria Eduarda Gonçalves is currently a Professor of Law at Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL) and a researcher  at Dinâmia’Cet – IUL, the Centre for socioeconomic and territorial studies of ISCTE – IUL, where she was the Director from 2013 to 2016. Her major interests are economic law, information technology law, public international law, social studies of science and technology and risk regulation. At ISCTE-IUL she was a member of the General Council (2013-2017) and of its Specialised Commission for Scientific Research (2015-17). She has participated in numerous national and European funded research projects, as well as being the Principal Investigator on a number of them. Moreover she has supervised dozens of post-doctoral, PhD and Masters students as well as participating in academic juries.

She has been a member of several expert groups, namely the Expert Group on Science and Governance, EC (2005-07) and the Expert Group on Bench-marking of Science and Technological Policies, EC (2001-02). Delegate of Portugal to the Advisory Group of Experts on the Law of the Sea of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO since 2002, and the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, since 1991. In addition she has over 200 publications. Maria Eduarda was married to Mário Ruivo. 


Telmo Carvalho

Board of Directors, IPMA & former Executive-Director, EurOcean

Telmo Jorge Alves de Carvalho, holds a degree in Anthropology (1996) and a Master's degree in Social Sciences on the subject of scientific policy. He has worked on scientific policy and information management in marine sciences and technologies to establish "bridges" between scientific knowledge and other sectors of society. He was advisor at the Office of the Portuguese Minister of the Sea in the period 2015 to 2018;. Prior to that he was the Coordinator of the Ocean Office of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) (2015) and national delegate to several European and international organizations: to the OECD for the project "The Future of the Economy of the Sea"; the European Marine Board; to the Joint Program Initiative Oceans (JPI-Oceans); to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), and member of the national delegation to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. He was the Executive Director of EurOcean from 2009 to 2014. He has participated in several commissions of European experts in marine affairs and has been advisor to the European projects EUROMARINE, Sea for Society, IMarine. He is the author and co-author of several articles and books on science policy and marine affairs.

Iouri Olioinune

Consultant to IOC Executive-Secretary

Iouri Olioinune spent 13 years at sea working on board Russian research vessels of the Arctic and Antarctic Institute occupying various roles from an engineer to the chief scientist of an expedition. He spent almost 30 years at the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) where he was head of the ocean services section in charge of observing systems (IGOSS, drifting buoys, GLOSS), marine data and information management (IODE), the tsunami warning system and other marine hazards (ITSU), and as the Deputy Executive Secretary. From 1997-1999 Iouri was a coordinator of the International Year of the Ocean, an important event without which the ocean decade could be impossible. He also coordinated the IOC´s 50th anniversary in 2010-2011. He was the Executive-Director of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) from 2002 to 2008. He has worked as a consultant to UNESCO-IOC for the last 9 years. He graduated from St. Petersburg University, holds a PhD degree in marine geophysics as well as an Honorary Doctorate. He is also an author on more than 50 publications.

Awni Behnam

Hon. President, International Ocean Institute, Malta

Awni Behnam joined the United Nations as part of the Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva, in 1977. First he was as Economic Affairs Officer and Assistant to the Director in the Shipping Division and subsequently became the Chief of Liaison to the Group of 77 for the Secretary-General. In 1992 he assumed the post of the Secretary of the Trade and Development Board of UNCTAD and in 2000 became Senior Advisor to the Secretary General. In 2004 he was elected to post of President of the International Ocean Institute (IOI), (Malta) and in 2012 re appointed as its Honorary President, a post that had been held by Elisabeth Mann Borgese, a close collaborator, friend and founder of IOI. Additionally in 2008 he was appointed by the UN Secretary General to assume the responsibility of UN Commissioner General at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 as UN Assistant Secretary -General. Dr. Behnam has received several international and national awards and honorary professor posts He has a large number of publications to his name. He is the author of the Blue Economy concept. He holds an MSc and PhD from the University of Wales (UK) and lectured there in the Department of Maritime Studies for 1974 to 1977.

Antonella Vassallo

Managing Director, International Ocean Institute, Malta

Antonella Vassallo has an academic background in Chemistry and Biology with specific experience in environmental appraisal and the aquaculture and nutrition of finfish. Since 2014, she is the Managing Director of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) at its Headquarters in Malta. In this capacity, she is responsible for the management and administration of IOI matters under the direction of the IOI Governing Board including the coordination and expansion of IOI capacity building, training and education efforts in line with the strategy of the IOI GB; supporting the promotion of IOI through international relations and oversight of the IOI publications and outreach. She also lectures on the IOI training programmes on topics of ocean governance. Antonella has served as a Board Member, appointed by the Minister of the Government of Malta, of the Malta Resources Authority (MRA); the Board responsible for regulatory oversight on mineral, water and energy resources and for policy, planning and advisory. She has also served as a Member of the Natural Heritage Advisory Committee (NHAC) of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA); advising on the environmental implications of development applications in sensitive areas or in sites outside the development zone. Other work also includes lecturing, research and organisation of support activities with the University of Malta.

Lennart de Nooijer

Senior Scientist, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research(NIOZ) and Utrecht University, Netherlands

Lennart works in the Ocean Systems (OCS) studies department which studies open-ocean processes from a variety of disciplines, ranging from physical and chemical oceanography, marine geology, paleoceanography to deep-sea ecology. Lennart was a Principal Investigator on the NICO expedition (Netherlands Initiative Changing Oceans) a scientific cruise initiated by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Royal NIOZ to investigate changing oceans. The 7-month expedition sailed from the Caribbean Sea, via the Mississippi delta and Ireland back to Texel in the Netherlands. It is appropriate that the last leg of the expedition will finish in the Portuguese Azores Islands in July 2018.

Lennart´s research focusses on the underlying mechanisms of shell formation in foraminifera. These unicellular organisms produce a shell consisting of calcium carbonate for which they take up ions from the surrounding seawater. This process and the resulting chemical composition of their shells is influenced by the conditions (temperature, pH, etc.) in which these organisms live. Quantifying these relationships (for example Mg-incorporation as a function of seawater temperature) and application to fossil foraminifera allows reconstructing past changes in seawater conditions and thereby, past climates. 

NICO Expedition

Lorenzo Minetti

Co-founder, Quagga Ethical Fashion Brand, Italy

Quagga, the first all-Italian company highlighting ecofashion was founded in 2010 by the work of a group of designers with very different experiences. We design sustainable and responsible clothing, in an ethical social justice context, always placing at the centre of our activities respect for the environment, for people and for human relationships. The strength and uniqueness of Quagga garments is in the rigour with which we select the materials, made of 100% recycled fibres free of harmful substances that can cause allergies and potentially cancers. This benefits the final consumer´s health and the workers involved. All project stakeholders – fabric, padding and accessory suppliers – are selected according to their environmental certification and their willingness to constantly work with us to find sustainable and efficient materials.


Jan Mees

General Director, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium

Jan Mees has been the General Director of VLIZ in Oostende since its establishment in 1999. He trained as a marine biologist (MSc Zoology, MSc Environmental Sanitation, PhD Biology) at Ghent University, where he is currently part-time professor and has been teaching courses on data analysis, statistics, coastal ecosystems and fisheries. An experienced marine ecologist and taxonomist - contributing to – among others- the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) that is hosted at VLIZ. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications, most in international journals with peer review. Jan represents VLIZ and the Flemish government in several European and global oceanography and marine biodiversity networks, e.g. IOC/UNESCO, POGO, MARS and EurOcean. He is currently the Chair of the European Marine Board and Co-chair of the Editorial Board of the second Global Ocean Science Report.


Ann Dom

Deputy Director, Seas at Risk

“Seas At Risk” is the European umbrella organisation of environmental NGOs working to protect the marine environment of the European seas. Ann has a long standing expertise on EU environmental and sustainable development policies. At Seas At Risk, her work focuses on ocean governance, the EU’s marine strategy, blue growth, maritime spatial planning and deep sea mining. On deep sea mining, she coordinates campaigns at national and EU level, and liaises with the international developments via participation in the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition. Before joining Seas At Risk in 2012 Ann was employed at the European Environment Agency and the Environment Directorate General of the European Commission. She also worked as a consultant and researcher and taught at the Free University of Brussels. Ann holds MSc degrees in physics and in environmental assessment.

Mary Morrison

Citizen & community outreach promotor, "Cearcall a Chuain' (Circle of the Ocean), Scotland

Born to parents from the Hebrides (Scotland) who migrated to Manchester, England and returned to North Uist as often as possible. Child during the Second World War, remember the blitzes, so always a pacifist. Studied at Cambridge, became a secondary teacher, lastly in Yorkshire, particularly Bradford, working in anti-racism and multilingual approaches to curricula. In 1991 became Senior Lecturer in Language in Education at Huddersfield University, researched and trained teachers, co-ordinated ‘Teachers of the Future’ project, (training more Black and Asian teachers), until 2008, when retired to Uist. Mary is still teaching ESOL and active with volunteers and junior branch of historical society.

Fabrizio Lirer

Researcher, National Research Council, Italy

Fabrizio Lirer is a researcher in the Earth Science division at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) since 2007. He has participated in several Mediterranean on land expeditions to investigate the influence and evolution of astronomically-forced climate changes over the last 23 million years. In addition, he has also participated in a number of oceanographic cruises in the Mediterranean focused on the study of late Quaternary Mediterranean records to reconstruct past climate oscillations. From 2005, he has been Secretary of the Regional Committee on Mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy (RCMNS) and from 2013 a voting member of the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy (SQS). Moreover, since 2015 he is Member of the Commission for the coordination of the Italian activities in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and since 2017 is Member of Gruppo Istruttorio Navi (GIN) of the National Research Council (CNR). Fabrizio has a degree in geology and previous to joining CNR, he worked in a number of Italian Universities. He is an author on more than 70 scientific publications and he is involved in numerous national and international projects.

Manuel Cira

Senior Advisor for Strategy and International relations, Nausicaá – Centre National de la Mer, France

He holds degrees in law, languages, communication, and a European Certificate of Cultural Projects. With Nausicaá since the opening in 1991, Manuel started the cultural and educational activities and managed a team creating exhibits and awareness programs. He now initiates strategic projects and international partnerships. He is Director of the World Ocean Network, which Nausicaa co-founded and he has coordinated EU funded projects such as DG Research Science in Society funded ‘Oceanics’ and ‘Sea for Society’ Mobilisation and mutual learning action plan, and cross-border projects with UK, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands & France. Manuel is also a member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Global Ocean Forum.He represents Nausicaa on the EurOcean Steering Committee.

Izabela Kotynska-Zielinska

Founder, Today We Have, Poland

Izabela Kotynska-Zielinska, a University of Gdansk graduate, an educator, founder of “Today We Have” and organizer of the “I Live by the Sea” Contest. She is an author of non-formal educational projects and organizer of many both local and international popular science events, such as scientific conferences and science fairs.

Tymon Zielinski

IO PAN, Poland

Tymon Zielinski, since graduating from the University of Gdansk, has been investigating air-sea interaction processes with special focus on climate change issues related to marine environments. He is an author of over hundred publications on aerosols and climate change. Since 2016, Tymon Zielinski is a member of the UN Group of experts of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment.

António Pascoal

Associate Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

António Pascoal is currently an Associate Professor of Control and Robotics at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon. Previously he was an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Graduate Program with the Department of Electrical Engineering at IST. In 1993 he joined the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR) of IST where he became the Coordinator of the Dynamical Systems and Ocean Robotics Laboratory. He is currently the coordinator of the Thematic Line Ocean Exploration and Exploitation of the Laboratory for Robotics and Engineering Systems (LARSyS). Since 2012, he has been an Adjunct Scientist with the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India. He was elected Chair, IFAC Technical Committee Marine Systems, from 2008-2014. He has coordinated and participated in a large number of international projects that have led to the design, development, and field-testing of single and multiple autonomous marine and air vehicles in cooperation with partners in India (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa), USA (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA), Korea, (KAIST), and Europe. His research interests include Marine Robotics with applications to the development of aerial and marine robots for ocean exploration and exploitation. He is the Director of the FCT-IST Phd Program NETSyS (Networked Cyber Physical Systems. He has Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Control Science. He represents FCT on the EurOcean Steering Committee.

Luís Sebastião

Research Engineer, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Luís is a researcher in marine robotics at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon. He has always had a love of the sea and has been a sailor from a young age. He has a vast experience in relation to cooperative, autonomous underwater robotic systems specifically in their design, construction and operation; some of these systems have been completely designed at IST/ISR. He is also an expert in navigation, control and communications equipment for marine platforms. He has often been responsible for the organisation and operational coordination of in-site at-sea testing with international teams.   

Cyrill Gutsch

Founder, Parley for the Oceans

Cyrill Gutsch is a German-born designer and creative entrepreneur based in New York City. In 2012, a meeting with activist, Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and co-founder of Greenpeace, convinced Cyrill to take on the most challenging client: the world’s oceans with the particular objective of focusing attention on the multiple threats facing this vital ecosystem and on establishing a new business culture where it is more lucrative to protect the oceans than to destroy them. Cyrill founded Parley for the Oceans to provide a collaboration network where creators, thinkers and leaders can come together to raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate to end their destruction. Parley is known for renaming sustainability into ‘Eco Innovation,’ a concept realized through high-calibre collaborations and the introduction of Ocean Plastic™, a range of premium materials for the sports, fashion and luxury industries made from upcycled plastic debris collected on high seas, beaches and in remote coastal communities.

Kelle Moreau

Science Communicator, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium

Kelle Moreau graduated as an aquatic ecologist at the University of Leuven in 2000. After 7 years of research at this university and for the Flemish NGO Natuurpunt, he joined the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research in 2007. Here, fish stock assessments and the provision of advice to national and European policy makers became his core activities. Over the years, a growing amount of time was invested in the dissemination of scientific information to the public, which ultimately led Kelle to move to the world of science communication. In June 2017, he started at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences as a fulltime spokesperson and science communicator for the Operational Directorate ‘Natural Environment’.

Raquel Ribeiro

Biologist, Foundation for Science and Technology & Intersectorial Oceanographic Commission, Portugal

Raquel Ribeiro is a biologist working at the Ocean Programme of the Foundation for Science and Technology and at the Intersectorial Oceanographic Commission in Portugal. She completed her Bachelor´s degree in Biology at the University of Lisbon and has co-authored articles on governance of cross-border marine protected areas and contributed to publications on portuguese marine policies and marine literacy. As a marine science manager, she has been following the work of the Portuguese Committee for the Intergovernamental Oceanographic Commission and of the European Marine Board.

Cristina Otero Sabio

Artist and Marine Biologist, Spain

“I am from Granada in Spain. I was only 3 years old when I watched a documentary about the oceans, and that is when I saw killer whales for the first time. From that moment, the course of my life changed. I grew up dreaming about the sea, and my only goal was to become a marine biologist as an adult in order to know everything about that wonderful and mysterious world. I used to spend a lot of time painting things related to the oceans, and a few years ago I took up this hobby again. Today, I have achieved my dream of becoming a marine biologist and my paintings of the marine world can be found all over the globe.” During the event Cristina will create a work of art inspired by the life and work of Mário Ruivo as well as what is taking place at the event itself.

Ned Dwyer

Executive-Director, EurOcean

Since January 2015, Ned has been the Executive Director of EurOcean and is responsible for the day to day running of the office, implementation of the annual work plan agreed with Members, developing new strategic initiatives and oversight of the various ongoing activities and projects. Previously, from 2002 to 2014 he worked at the Coastal and Marine Research Centre (now MaREI Centre) of University College Cork, Ireland as team leader of the Applied Remote Sensing and GIS group and from 2010 as the Centre´s Deputy Director. He was co-chair of the IOC/IODE International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) Project from 2008 to 2014 and is still actively involved in its Steering Group. He worked as a research applications engineer at SARMAP in Switzerland from 1999 to 2002 and before that he worked at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and at the European Space Agency on applications of remote sensing. Ned has a degree in electronic engineering and an MSc and PhD in satellite remote sensing applications.

Gilles Lericolais

Director of European & International Affairs, IFREMER, France

Dr. Gilles Lericolais is the Director of European and International Affairs at Ifremer since 2011. He received his PhD (1997) and Professorship Habilitation (2009) in marine geology from the University of Bordeaux (France). He has been a marine geologist/geophysicist at Ifremer since 1984. He has taken part in more than 10 scientific cruises as a chief scientist. He has been a site survey expert for TOTAL from 1989 to 1991. From 1997 to 2013, he has been leading Marine Sedimentology collaborative projects and has been the coordinator of European projects dealing with the marine environment and was in charge of the Sedimentology Laboratory in 2006. From 2007 to 2013, he was acting as an expert for IODP and was nominated Vice Chair, the Chair of the Site Survey Panel for IODP from 2009 to 2013. Gilles is the author of over 60 refereed publications and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Quaternaire". He is Vice-Chair of the European Marine Board, representative to EurOcean and member of the Management Board and Executive Committee of the JPI Oceans. He is one of the French representatives to UNESCO- IOC. He was nominated Chair of the ECORD Facility Board for 2016 to 2018.

Ana Hilário

Marine Biologist, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Ana Hilário is a marine biologist specialized in the study of deep-sea ecosystems. She received her BSc degree in Aquatic Sciences from the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences (University of Porto, Portugal) in 2001 and her PhD in Ocean and Earth Science from University of Southampton, UK in 2005. She is currently a researcher in the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) at the University of Aveiro. Ana’s research focuses on 3 topics in deep-sea biology: biodiversity and biogeography of chemosynthetic ecosystems, reproductive ecology of invertebrates and population connectivity and its implications for conservation. Ana co-leads the working packages “Population connectivity” and “Decade of deep-ocean science” in the international networks “INDEEP - International network for scientific Investigations of deep-sea ecosystems” and “DOSI - Deep-ocean stewardship initiative”, respectively. She has extensive field experience having participated in more than 20 research cruises in the last 15 years, using different sampling methods, including submersibles and ROVs. She has also participated in several international and national research projects.