Francisco Otero-Ferrer


Is a Marine Sciences PhD working at ABAS NGO (Asociación Biodiversidad Atlántica y Sostenibilidad - Spain), and an associate researcher of IU-ECOAQUA (University Institute of Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems at the ULPGC). He has long been involved through research and professional activities and projects, in multidisciplinary sectors of excellence (aquaculture, marine biodiversity, technical diving and public aquariums) through various international research projects. His current research focuses on the functioning of different 'ecosystems engineers' species, such as rhodoliths seabeds or Black Coral Forests (BCF), and the effect of environmental drivers affecting benthic communities associated with these ecosystems. Moreover he is also involved in the development of tools for mapping and assessment of marine ecosystem services, being the author of 27 articles in international journals with impact index. Multitasked, he is also a great ambassador for the oceans with his participation in various international rewarded wildlife documentaries.

Ricardo Haroun Tabraue


Ricardo is a Marine Biologist, expert on Systematics, Sustainable Uses and Conservation of Marine Biota. Professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), with more than 140 scientific publications related to biodiversity, ecological processes and marine resources sustainable use, including books on marine plants and habitats of the Canary Islands, and the Red List of Marine Habitats of Europe. He is also member of the Ecosystem Management Commission of IUCN and expert for the Canarian Regional Government on the PoW on Island Biodiversity. As the leader of the Biodiversity and Conservation group of the IU-ECOAQUA of the ULPGC, he is actively working on marine spatial planning, environment interactions and marine aquaculture, climate change and its effects on benthic communities, and ecological services. Research projects coordinated include: Canary Islands Marine Biota, Canarias, por una Costa Viva, Ecological Status of Macroalgae and Climate Change in the Canaries, Prevent Escape, EcoAqua (Research and Technology to enhance excellence in Aquaculture Development under an Ecosystem Approach) and MarSP (Macaronesian Marine Spatial Planning).

Fernando Tuya


Tuya is an Associate Professor at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, attached to the group specialising in Biodiversity and Conservation at the University Institute for Research into Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA). The motivation of his research is driven by the necessity of searching for models that explain patterns in the organization of benthic marine assemblages through ecosystems across different scales of space, time and taxonomy. His current work focuses on the effect of environmental stressors over 'ecosystems engineers', seagrasses and macroalgae in particular, but also corals. He has published more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and has actively participated in international forums. Tuya is an outdoors enthusiast that loves the sea and whatever a man can do in the ocean.

Fernando Espino Rodríguez


PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Fernado Espino is an associate scientist of the research group in ECOAQUA's Institute Biodiversity and Conservation (BIOCON), where has been involved in various scientific projects related to marine seagrass meadows (“sebadales”) and their associated fish communities. He is the author of several books, scientific publications and works in the field of scientific dissemination and conservation. Espino is also sport diving instructor, scientific and technical diver with closed circuit equipment. He also stands out for his extensive catalogue of underwater photography, one of his great passions. He is also currently working as a technician in the Biodiversity Department of the Canary Islands Government (Spain), specializing in monitoring, management and conservation programs for threatened marine species, and environmental impact assessments of marine and coastal projects.

Peter Feldens


Feldens is a Marine Geologist working at the Leibniz institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde, Germany. His research is concerned with imaging the seafloor and the upper 50 m of the subsurface using a combination of geophysical und sedimentological methods. A key topic is the improvement of optical and acoustical remote sensing techniques used to identify and interpret geological and biological parameters of seafloor habitats. Further research questions are concerned with the reconstruction of the Pleistocene and Holocene evolution of sedimentary systems in marginal seas in response to climate change and sea level fluctuations. His research is primarily conducted in the Baltic Sea, but also the North Sea, North Atlantic and the Red Sea. 

Philipp Held


Researcher currently working on Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustics at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel in Germany. Philipp conducts research in fluid dynamics, acoustics and oceanography. His areas of interest are hydroacoustics (parametric and multibeam echo-sounders, habitat monitoring, surface and internal wave research and the development of scientific software in these areas of knowledge. Multibeam echosounders (MBES) are currently the best way to determine the bathymetry of large regions of the seabed with high accuracy. They are becoming the standard instrument for hydrographic surveying and are also used in geological studies, mineral exploration and scientific investigation of the earth's crustal deformations and life cycle.

Jens Schneider von Deimling


Von Deimling studied Geology and received a doctorate in Geophysics. He is an expert in the development of customised hydroacoustic applications for special survey tasks such as underwater gas leaks and seepage, detection of shallow buried objects and the creation of environmental monitoring systems. He works at the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel in Germany (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel). His lines of research focus on the analysis of shallow marine gas and methane processes; custom acoustic measurements, processing and imaging; Multibeam Echo-Sounder (MBES) measurements, sub-bottom profile, hydroacoustic imaging; and acoustic mapping of the seafloor and habitat, focusing on submerged aquatic vegetation (e.g. sea grass).

Lorenzo Bramanti


He is senior researcher at LECOB-CNRS at Observatoire Oceanologique de Banyuls sur mer (France). His line of research focuses on conservation, ecology and population dynamics of benthic suspension feeders, mainly corals. In the Mediterranean Sea he works on conservation and ecology of gorgonians, especially the precious Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum). In the Caribbean he works in cooperation with California State University Northridge and University of Buffalo in the ecology and population dynamics of octcoorals in the US Virgin Islands (USA). In the Pacific Ocean (Taiwan and French Polynesia) he focus his research on recovery dynamics of coral reefs and on the effects of Ocean Acidification. In the last years, he expanded his researches to the mesophotic habitat, with projects in the south Sardinia (Italy) and in Moorea (French Polynesia). Overall, he co-authored >100 scientific publications and book chapters (2098 citations, h-index 27 Google Scholar) and co-edited the SPRIGER book “Animal forests of the world”.

Katell Guizien


This researcher has 20 years of experience in marine coastal flow and ecosystem modelling. With a fluid mechanics background, she develops transdisciplinary research about the interaction between hydrodynamics and the functioning and structuration of benthic communities. Her current focus goes to the role of connectivity on resilience capacity of benthic invertebrates meta-communities (polychaetes, gorgonians, corals) in the context of global change and protection actions. She therefore develops mechanistic numerical models for meta-populations and meta-communities in which connectivity is quantified using numerical simulations of Lagrangian dispersal including the effect of larval motility derived from experimental studies. She is member of the International Research Group on Marine Connectivity. Overall, she co-authored > 45 A1 papers (1217 citations, h-index 21 Google scholar) since 1999. She lead 5 research projects and supervised 6 PhD students. She is currently the head of the Benthic Ecogeochemistry Lab, one of the 4 research units hosted at Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-Mer.