Dr. Malik H. Ali, University of Basra, Iraq


Professor Malik H. Ali received his B.Sc. from the University of Basra in Marine Biology 1976, M.Sc. in Ecology 1979 and Ph.D. in Dynamic Energy 1989. He is a professor of marine ecology at the University of Basra and currently the D-G of the Marine Science Centre. His research interest includes marine ecology, benthic community and biodiversity. He has published more than 40 research articles. He is the representative of the national focal point to the Arab programmer for the Biodiversity lead by UNISCO. He was the scientific manager of more than 10 projects in the field of marine environment executed for several international agencies including USAID, CIDA and others.


Dr. Bernardo R. Broitman, Center for the Advance Studies in Arid Zones, Chile

Bernardo Broitman

Dr. Bernardo Broitman is a senior researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones, at La Serena, Chile, where he is the current Executive Director. Broitman has focused on the effects of environmental variability on ecological communities living in arid coastal zones, particularly on the effects of oceanographic processes on rocky shore intertidal habitats. He has worked on Atlantic Europe, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and the USA, and has published 40 peer-reviewed papers. His efforts right now are on the effective collection, communication and implementation of interdisciplinary scientific information, to be used for decision-making in large and complex public and industrial projects involving ecologically sensitive regions. His current research involves multidisciplinary collaborations between biophysicists, oceanographers and ecologists using large datasets involving historical records and a mixture of field and satellite information. Broitman is currently the Vice President of the Chilean Ecological Society (www.socecol.cl)


Dr. Yunwei Dong, Xiamen University, China

Yunwei Dong photoYunwei Dong received his B.S. degree in biology from Qufu Normal University in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree in ecology from Beijing Normal University in 2002. He is a professor in the college of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Xiamen University. He is particularly interested in ecological physiology of intertidal organisms to thermal stress, and the potential impact of climate change on the dynamics of coastal communities from an evolutionary perspective. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers, and these papers have been cited over 500 times in Scholar Google.



Dr. Ali A.Z. Douabul, University of Basra, Iraq

Ali Douabul photoProfessor Ali A.Z. Douabul received his B.Sc. from University of Basra in Marine Biology 1972, and a Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool 1978 in Chemical Oceanography. He is a professor of Marine Chemistry at the University of Basra. His research interest include water quality assessment and mapping, marine conservation and restoration ecology. He has published more 30 original research paper in international journals. He was the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) for GEF/UNDP project on the protection of the marine environment of the Red Sea. He was the project manager of the Canada-Iraq marshland initiative funded by CIDA phase I & II. He was also the project manager of the Restoration of the marshes sponsored by the Italian Ministry for Environment and Territories (IMET) and UNEP.


Dr. Brian Helmuth, Northeastern University, United States

Brian HelmuthDr. Brian Helmuth is a Professor at the Marine Science Center at Northeastern University in Nahant, Massachusetts, and with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.  He currently serves as Director of a new Sustainability Science and Policy Initiative.  Helmuth’s research and teaching focus on predicting the likely ecological impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems, and on the development of products that are scientifically accurate, understandable, and useful by a diverse array of stakeholders.  Specifically, he uses a combination of theoretical and experimental techniques to predict where, when and with what magnitude climate change is most (and least) likely to affect natural and human-managed ecosystems, including protected areas and aquaculture facilities.  While much of his work has focused on North American rocky intertidal ecosystems, his lab also collaborates with researchers on every continent.

Helmuth is a Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership program, which trains select scientists to interact with policy makers, journalists and the public and in 2011 Helmuth was named a Google Science Communication Fellow in the area of climate change.   He also served as a lead author on the Technical input document for the inaugural Oceans chapter of the US National Climate Assessment.


Dr. Christopher McQuaid, Rhodes University, South Africa

Christopher McQuaid 03Professor Christopher McQuaid holds the Chair of Zoology at Rhodes University in South Africa and the South African SARChI chair in Marine Ecosystem Research.  His broad interests involve deciphering how the physical environment provides a framework within which species interactions shape marine communities. This covers a wide range of research topics that presently include the interaction of grazing effects with upwelling, coupling larval dispersal with recruitment rates in mussels and the foraging ecology of penguins and other seabirds.  He has over 200 publications in the peer reviewed literature on subjects ranging from bacteria to whales, but his main fields have been rocky shore ecology and the biological oceanography of the Southern Ocean, including Antarctica.  He has collaborated with colleagues in Asia, North and South America, Africa, Australia and Europe in the search for ecological generality.


Dr. Nova Mieszkowska, The Marine Biological Association, United Kingdom


Nova’s research focus is on the impacts of climate change, ocean acidification and other anthropogenic pressures on temperate coastal ecosystems globally. Her research as PI on the UK MarClim project (2002-date) has collected the most spatio-temporally extensive time-series of rocky shore species in the world and has shown some of the fastest biogeographic range shifts in response to climate change in any system.  Her field sites include over 300 shores around the UK and Atlantic Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Nova designs and runs long-term mesocosm systems and field experiments to determine the biological and physiological mechanisms underpinning macroecological responses to environmental drivers.

Nova has a long history working with national and international governmental organisations in the design and execution of monitoring programmes, long-term observation stations, provision of high quality evidence on marine climate change impacts, and guidance on adaptation and conservation advice to policy advisors and decision-makers on emerging policy. She has an expansive working knowledge of Marine Protected Areas having had input at several levels from the planning, baseline surveying, evidence gathering and designation of MPAs. She has published over 40 peer review papers and more than 50 UK government and government commissioned reports and ecosystem assessments.


Dr. Jeffrey Ullman, University of Florida, United States


Dr. Jeffrey L. Ullman received a B.S. degree in natural resources from Cornell University and a M.S. degree in environmental science from Duke University before obtaining a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering and Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from Texas A&M University. He currently is an assistant professor at the University of Florida where he maintains a research group that follows a comprehensive approach to solve water quality issues, drawing on facets of chemistry, biology, hydrology and land-use management. Recognizing the often interrelated nature of contaminants derived from land­form perturbations, a variety of pollutants are considered. He is particularly interested in developing engineered mitigation, remediation and treatment technologies to help improve water quality, often in the context of agricultural production. A significant portion of his work is focused on the Middle East and North Africa where he researches and conducts outreach on irrigation management and soil and water conservation. Dr. Ullman serves as an International Advisory Board member for Hima Mesopotamia, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible stewardship of the Tigris-Euphrates watershed.


Dr. Gray Williams, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Gray Williams After working on temperate intertidal systems in the UK, Gray A Williams moved to Hong Kong in 1989 to take up a position at The University of Hong Kong.  Since that time Gray has published > 100 papers on tropical shore systems, and supervised >35 higher degree students.  Gray’s major research interests involve rocky shore ecology, particularly herbivore algal interactions and their impact on community structure, gastropod behaviour patterns and more recently, ecophysiological responses of intertidal organisms to environmental stressors.  His current work involves examining large scale latitudinal patterns of responses of intertidal gastropods to thermal stress from Japan to Singapore.  Gray is currently a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and Director of The Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS). See also a link to Gray’s text book – The Biology of Rocky Shores .


Dr. Wenyuan Xu, Zheijang University, China, and University of South Carolina, United States

Wenyuan Xu

Wenyuan Xu received her B.S. degree in electrical engineering with the highest honor from Zhejiang University in 1998, an M.S. degree in computer science and engineering from Zhejiang University in 2001, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers University in 2007. She is a professor in the college of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, and an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Carolina. Her research interests include wireless networking, network security and privacy. Dr. Xu is a co-author of the book Securing Emerging Wireless Systems: Lower-layer Approaches, Springer, 2009. She received the United State NSF Career Award in 2009 and was selected as the 1000 Young talents of China in 2012. She has served on the technical program committees for several IEEE/ACM conferences on wireless networking and security, and she currently serves as the associate editor of EURASIP Journal on Information Security, Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks (AHSWN), International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems (IJAACS).