Keynote Speakers

Dr. Linwood Pendleton
Global Ocean Lead Scientist at the World Wide Fund for Nature


 Presentation: 8:30-10:00, Monday, May 14


Dr. Pendleton holds both the International Chair of Excellence at the European Institute for Marine Studies (part of the Laboratory of Excellence in Brest, France) and a Senior Fellowship at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (NIEPS).Linwood has broad experience in marine conservation science with degrees in biology (William and Mary), ecology/evolution/behavior (Princeton), public administration (Harvard), and environmental economics (Yale).  His work, both in academia and the real world, incorporates all of these fields and more.Linwood was the founder of the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership, he served as the Acting Chief Economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2011-2013, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Duke University Marine Laboratory.  He has also collaborated with conservation organizations worldwide including here at WWF, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, NRDC, and he served for nearly ten years on the Board of the Conservation Strategy Fund.  He currently serves on the Science Advisory Committee of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, GEO Blue Planet steering committee, Marine GEOBON RCN, and the Blue Carbon Finance Working Group. Linwood lives steps from the sea in Brittany, France (in the Iroise Sea Biosphere Reserve) and spent his youth on the Chesapeake Bay. He has strong connections with Eleuthera (Bahamas), downeast Maine, and southern California.  He cut his teeth in marine conservation, way back in the early 1990s, by working with the team that designed the Roatan Marine Park in Honduras.

Prof. Emma Johnston
Dean of Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


 Presentation: 8:30-10:00, Tuesday, May 15


Professor Johnston is Dean of Science and Professor of marine ecology and ecotoxicology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.She investigates the ways in which human activities impact coastal ecosystems, from the tropics to the poles. Professor Johnston has an exceptional research career. She is head of the Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology Lab at UNSW, and has led major research projects for industry, government, the Australian Research Council and the Australian Antarctic Science Program. She was the inaugural director of the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian Academy of Sciences Inaugural Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science and in 2015 the Eureka Prize for the public communication of science. Professor Johnston is also a television presenter for the BBC/Foxtel series, Coast Australia, and President-Elect of Science and Technology Australia. Professor Johnston contributes expert opinion to state, federal & international government agencies and consults with industry through the development and implementation of environmental monitoring programs.

Dr. Amanda Bates
University Research Associate Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland


 Presentation: 8:30-10:00, Wednesday, May 16


Dr. Bates recently moved to Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada to take up an Associate Professor position in Marine Environmental Physiology. Bates received a BSc. Hons degree in Biology from Simon Fraser University, followed by a PhD from the University of Victoria and fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Canada.  She then moved to New Zealand to undertake a fellowship at University of Otago, New Zealand, and research scientist positions in Australia at Deakin University and the University of Tasmania. She then moved to the University of Southampton, UK, where she has held a position as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) until 2017.  One of the major themes of her research program is to quantify biodiversity in time and space, and relate emergent patterns to environmental drivers and physiological tolerances of species.  Two of her papers have recently been included in the top 30 most highly cited in the field of biodiversity and climate change research from 2012 to 2014 and were highlighted as being a “hot topic”.  Bates also has a strong in interest in communicating science and has been invited to address the European Parliament in an event organized by Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) on challenges associated with monitoring ocean biodiversity.  She has published over 40 papers linking physiology and biodiversity patterns from habitats ranging from the deep ocean to Antarctica.

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

May 13-16, 2018 |  Montréal, Québec, Canada

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