Ana Amorin (Portugal)

Ana Amorim is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and researcher in the Oceanography Centre at the same University. Her research interests are related to the study of the diversity and ecology of phytoplankton and microphytobenthos. She is particularly interested in understanding the ecological significance of different life-cycle stages in harmful algae bloom dynamics and species dispersal. One of her current research topics includes the study of non-indigenous species (NIS) and possible introduction vectors. Other research interests include present day observations and looking back into the history of phytoplankton using the fossil record of dinoflagellate cysts. Since the late 90s she is building at the University of Lisbon a culture collection of marine microalgae from Portuguese coastal waters to support applied and fundamental research in phycology and contribute to the ex-situ conservation of regional biodiversity. She was a founding member of the Society (member nº 91) and is currently a Council member of ISSHA serving on the Travel Awards committee.

Aurelia Tubaro (Italy)

Member of the Italian and European Register of Certified Toxicologists. Initially focusing on DSP toxins (1989), to develop and standardize functional and structural methods for the detection of okadaic acid (OA) and diarrhoeic toxins for monitoring purposes, using an interdisciplinary approach. Since 2001, she also focused on the toxicological characterization of algal toxins (YTXs, OA, palytoxins-PLTXs, azaspiracids) both in vivo after acute and repeated oral administration in mice and in vitro to elucidate their cellular and molecular mechanism of action. Recently, dr. Tubaro developed an ELISA assay for (PLTXs) and a nanotube-based biosensor that allows meeting the EFSA limits for PLTXs in shellfish. Dr. Tubaro is Author of more than 150 peer reviewed international papers.

In 1995 she was included in the International directory of experts in toxic and harmful algae of UNESCO and National Marine Fisheries Service of the United States. In 1995 organized the IOC-UNEP-WHO-FAO-Italy Training Course on "Toxin Chemistry and Toxicology of Toxic Algal Bloom” (Trieste, September 3-20). In 2004 was included in the AOAC International Presidential Task Force on Marine and Freshwater Toxins (as the voting member for the assessment of new methods for algal toxins detection; Chair and Topic Advisor for Yessotoxins as well as chair of the "Palytoxin and Ostreocins" working Group). Since 2009 member og the Italian Society of Toxicology and of EFSA's expert database. Since 2010 included in the Editorial Board of Toxicon (Elsevier), Journal of Toxicology (Hindawi) and The Scientific World Journal (Hindawi). She teaches the courses on “Marine and Freshwater Biotoxin Poisonings” and “Marine Toxicology” at the University of Trieste as well as she was involved in the International PhD “Chemistry, Toxicology, Healthiness of Food” between Italy, Spain and Ireland. She is involved in the PhD in Environmental and Life Sciences of the University of Trieste.

Christine Band-Schmidt (Mexico)

Christine Johanna Band Schmidt, is a research professor at the Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas (CICIMAR) in La Paz, Mexico. Her primary interest is the ecophysiology of harmful phytoplankton species, particulary Gymnodinium catenatum, a paralytic toxin producer, and species of Chattonella. Studies have focused on understanding the factors that regulate the abundance, toxin profile, and the toxic effect of these species on other organisms. Her research has also included investigations of phytoplankton life cycles, growth rates, taxonomy, and allelopathic effects. She is founder of the Mexican Society for the Study of Harmful Algal Blooms (SOMEFAN) and has participated in the organization of many national conferences. She is a council member of the ISSHA and has been a member of this society since its establishment.

Esther Garcés (Spain)

Esther Garcés is Tenured Scientist at the Institute of Marine Sciences of the CSIC in Barcelona, Spain. As a marine biologist, she is interested in plankton dynamics and physical-biological interactions in marine systems, particularly noxious and toxic phytoplankton species, their abundance and activity, and the ecosystem effects of their proliferations. This involves the study of these species and the factors that regulate their abundance. The focus of her studies has been at the coastal environment and nearshore HABs in the Mediterranean Sea, including investigations into the life cycles and strategies of the species, empirical measures of their growth and loss rates, and their cell cycle dynamics, and the compilation of databases regarding organism abundance. Recently, she has contributed to elucidate the role of parasites in the population dynamics of harmful algae. She has been a member of ISSHA since the beginning of her career and is part of the International Committee of the 16th International Conference on Harmful Algae in New Zealand. Currently, she is a Council member of ISSHA serving as Chair of ISSHA Auction.

Dedmer B. Van de Waal (Netherlands)

Dedmer B. Van de Waal received his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2010, after which he worked at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, as a post-doctoral fellow until 2013 when he started a tenure-track at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). He recently became tenured as senior scientist and studies with his group the impacts of global change on harmful algal and cyanobacterial blooms. Specifically, he is interested in how physiological responses at the cellular level can explain ecological processes at a population and community level. He applies ecological stoichiometry to understand the physiology of toxic phytoplankton species, and their interaction with competitors and diseases. He is recipient of the ISSHA 2016 Patrick Gentien Young Scientist Award, and is member of the editorial boards of Ecology Letters and Aquatic Sciences, and topic editor for a Frontiers Research Topic on Progress in Ecological Stoichiometry. Recently, Dedmer became chair of the Dutch Cyanobacteria Working group, connecting scientists and stakeholders in water management.

Henrik Enevoldsen (Denmark)

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Ocean Science Section

Henrik Enevoldsen is Head of IOC Science and Communication Centre which is hosted by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has a background in aquatic ecology and has for more than 25 years worked with development and implementation of international research and capacity building on aspects of harmful algae and marine science in general. He coordinates several international scientific working groups and regional networks in marine science. He is part of the team in the IOC Secretariat working on the development of the UN Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Ian Jenkinson (China, France)

I graduated in the UK, have done research in France and 4 other EU states plus Japan. I have been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Plankton Research, and I am now in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Oceanology, Qingdao, doing research and editing. By training, I am a biological oceanographer, and I currently specialize in HABs, as well as rheological and surface science. I have experience of interdisciplinary science across intercultural fields, I am a founder member of ISSHA, and I use my skills to promote the best possible science and the best possible world.

Ingrid Sassenhagen (France, Germany)

Ingrid Sassenhagen is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale in France. She investigates the impact of parasitism, especially by marine alveolates, on phytoplankton blooms. During her previous postdoctoral position at the Marine Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and her PhD project at Lund University in Sweden, she studied the harmful dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus caribaeus and the invasive raphidophyte Gonyostomum semen. Both projects aimed at assessing intraspecific diversity in these microalgal species and identifying potential dispersal barriers. With these projects, Ingrid contributes to understanding the development and spreading of harmful algal blooms in different ecosystems ranging from freshwater to marine and tropical to Antarctic habitats. In her young career, she has published 5 first author publications and was involved in several large collaborations (Prodiversa, CiguaHAB and MobyDick). Ingrid has attended the last two ICHA meetings and the previous US HAB meeting.

Keith Davidson (United Kingdom)

Keith Davidson is a professor at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and head of the Department of Microbial and Molecular Biology. His work is related to the relationship between phytoplankton and their environment (nutrients, grazers, physical forcing) and incorporates laboratory, field and modelling approaches. Since returning to SAMS in 1998 much of his research effort has concerned harmful algae, particularly its influence on the shellfish and finfish aquaculture industries of the Scottish west coast and islands. He has published papers on a range of HAB genera Pseudo-nitzschiaAlexandrium and Karenia. Current projects are related to advective transport of HAB organisms in shelf waters, Azadinium growth dynamics, early warning of Dinophysis in blooms in the Shetland Isles and the role of organic N in promoting HABs. Since 2005 he has been the lead scientist of the Scottish biotoxin monitoring programme that conducts weekly regulatory monitoring of harmful algae at ~ 40 sites. He is a member of the ICES-IOC Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics, and attended his first ISSHA conference in 1997 in Vigo. He is currently a Council member of ISSHA serving on the “Statutes and Bylaws” and “Elections” committees.

Marta Estrada (Spain)

Marta Estrada is Research Professor at the Institute of Mariner Sciences of the CSIC in Barcelona, Spain. Her work has centered on marine phytoplankton ecology, including a focus on harmful algal blooms, and her primary interests are the diversity and dynamics of phytoplankton communities and the interactions between physical and biological processes in the pelagic ecosystem. As part of her research, she has participated in oceanographic cruises in the Mediterranean and all the major oceans of the world. Recently, she has contributed to modelling efforts to elucidate the role of cysts in the population dynamics of harmful algae, and to investigate the implications of different hydrographic scenarios for the occurrence of harmful blooms in microtidal estuaries. She has been a member of ISSHA since the beginnings of the society and was part of the International Committee of the Third International Conference on Toxic Dinoflagellates (1985, Saint Andrews, Canada) and of the 'International Advisory Committee of the VIII International Conference on Harmful Algae (1997, Vigo, Spain). Currently, she is a Council member of ISSHA serving as Chair of the Awards Committee.

Philipp Hess (France)

Initially focusing on domoic acid and saxitoxins in UK (1998). In 2001, implemented chemical testing for lipophilic toxins in parallel to mouse bioassays (IE). Subsequently, toxin isolation and reference materials for official control, proficiency testing for shellfish toxins within QUASIMEME, method validation and standardisation for domoic acid and lipophilic toxins (UK-FSA, EU-project BIOTOX, ECVAM, CEN, INAB, AFNOR, AOAC Presidential Task Force for Phycotoxin Methods). He also contributed to risk evaluation through WGs (Irish, UK & French Food Safety Agencies, EFSA, FAO/IOC/WHO, Codex alimentarius). Since 2008, P. Hess continues studies on phycotoxins at Ifremer (FR). Research interests cover the biodiversity and ecological role of toxic algae and detection, chemistry, diversity and impact of phycotoxins on marine ecosystems and human health. The laboratory performs algal culture for the production of purified toxins and generic methods for biodiscovery, based on miniaturised bioassays and mass spectrometry. He teaches a course on phycotoxins at Nantes University and is the adjunct director of the regional Research Federation on ocean & coastal activities (IUML). Since 2011, he contributes to communicating science to policy stakeholders through the European Science Foundation Marine Board WG “Oceans and Human Health”, has assisted the EU-FVO (Food and Veterinary Office) as expert at inspections of EU and third countries for compliance of shellfish production with EU regulations, and he represents France on the Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IOC-UNESCO). Since 2013, he directs the French research network on toxic algae and their toxins (PHYCOTOX).

Luiz Mafra (Brazil)

Luiz Mafra Jr. is a professor at the Federal University of Parana State, in Brazil, where he leads a research group at the Microalgae Laboratory since 2010. Over the past 15 years, he has been working on research subjects related to Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB), including field assessments and laboratory experiments. His studies have covered different aspects of HAB ecology, toxin kinetics in different marine organisms, harmful algae physiology, shellfish biology and ecophysiology, analytical chemistry and ecotoxicity assays. First focusing on domoic acid-producing Pseudo-nitzschia species, especially during his Ph.D. studies at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada), he has currently expanded his investigations to toxic dinoflagellates, including Dinophysis spp. and several benthic species, helping policy-makers and management officers to improve seafood safety and aquaculture sustainability in Brazil. From 2013 to 2018, he has served as vice-president of the recently extinct Latin American Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ALEAN), assisting in the organization of the 17th ICHA. As a former recipient of the ISSHA Travel Award (2004), he now hopes to assist ISSHA promoting and disseminating knowledge on HABs and their impacts.

Ichiro Imai (Japan)

Ichiro Imai, PhD MS in Agricultural Science from Kyoto University, is a Professor at the Hokkaido University since 2009, working on Planktology, Life cycle of phytoplankton, Physiology and ecology of harmful algal blooms, Mitigation strategy of HABs. Imai is currently the president of the Plankton Society of Japan and also the president of Liaison Council of Academic Societies on Coastal Environment of Japan. His main studies include the life cycle strategies of the fish-killing raphidophyte Chattonella intemperate coastal sea and the bloom dynamics in relation with life cycle, cyst physiology, and seed-population dynamics. In addition, he focuses in the biological control of HABs utilizing nutrient-competing diatoms through germination of resting stage cells in bottom sediments by artificial perturbation and lifting of sediments in coastal sea. Finally, he centers his attention to the prevention of HABs occurrences by using of algicidal bacteria inhabiting on the surface of seaweeds and seagrasses.

Shauna Murray (Australia)

Shauna Murray is an Associate Professor and core member of the Climate Change Cluster (C3) at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) where she leads the Seafood Safety: Marine Algal Biotoxins research program. She is particularly interested in the evolution and ecology of biotoxin production in marine microbial eukaryotes, and the evolution and systematics of the producing organisms. She moved to UTS in 2012 to take up an ARC Future Fellowship position, which has enabled her to build a research program focussing on developing novel genetic tools for biotoxin monitoring based on the unique genetic processes of dinoflagellates. She works closely with seafood regulatory authorities with the motivation to shape profitability and sustainability in the Australian aquaculture industry. She has published extensively in area of HABs and presented more than 100 papers in international peer reviewed journals and conferences.

Steffaney Wood (Finland)

Steffaney Wood is a student representative on the council, focusing on the management of the ISSHA website. Currently, she is on a Fulbright-EDUFI Fellowship working with Drs. Sanna Suikkanen and Anke Kremp at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) Marine Research Centre in Helsinki, Finland. She is also a 2018 graduate of Davidson College with a BSc in environmental studies, minor in chemistry.