Zoë Kitchel

Ph.D. Student

Rutgers University

Zoë is working towards her PhD in the Ecology and Evolution Department at Rutgers University. After graduating from Yale College in 2015, she spent two years working in fisheries curriculum development at the University of Alaska Southeast. Now working with Dr. Malin Pinsky, Zoë is exploring the dynamics at play at range boundaries of commercial fish species, and especially how species’ traits act as a filter for environmental variability. In addition, she is a part of Rutgers’ Coastal Climate Risk and Resiliency Traineeship, aiming to bridge the gap between biologists, engineers, social scientists, and policy makers all interested in resiliency within coastal communities. She hopes for her research to push the boundaries of science, but to also be accessible to communities experiencing change first hand.

Sarah Roberts

Ph.D. Student

Duke University

Sarah Roberts is a Ph.D. student at Duke University’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab. She recently obtained a M.E.M degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. Her PhD research examines the effects of climate, benthic habitat, and cyclical oscillations on the Mid and South Atlantic Bight ecosystems. 



Fernando Gonzalez Taboada


Princeton University

I am biological oceanographer with a strong focus on the analysis of global change impacts using satellite oceanography and Bayesian analysis. My main interest lies at the study of physical-biological coupling on planktonic systems and how these effects propagate up through marine food webs. I rely primarily on statistical and mechanistic modeling of satellite and population data to pursue these topics, combining techniques from spatial statistics, time series modeling and population ecology.

Joey Bernhardt

Ph.D., Zoology

University of British Columbia

Joey’s research seeks to understand how populations and communities adapt and persist in changing environments. She integrates across levels of biological organization to quantify how flows of energy and materials at the level of the individual cascade up to shape populations over environmental gradients. By combing theory, experiments and synthesis, she aims to understand the metabolic underpinnings of biodiversity and the connections between biodiversity and human well-being. Her work unifies perspectives on energy flow with population and community ecology to advance a more coherent and mechanistic science of global change.

Brooke Campbell

M.Sc, Resource Management and Environmental Studies

University of Wollongong

Brooke Campbell is a PhD student at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS). She has a background in ecology and natural resource planning, management, and policy and is broadly interested in marine resource governance issues surrounding fisheries for food security and livelihoods in islands and remote rural environments. Her PhD research investigates the growing impact of information and communication technologies on the fisheries governance strategies of Pacific Island Countries in the Western and Central Pacific region.

Kisei Tanaka

Ph.D., Ecology and Environmental Studies

Princeton University

Through multidisciplinary collaboration with government agencies and universities, Kisei focuses on modeling and quantitative methods that can facilitate adaptive ecosystem-based management framework in commercial fisheries under climate change. Kisei’s broad scholastic interests include fisheries ecology, population dynamics, and fisheries stock assessments and management. He is also interested in evaluating environmental impacts on spatiotemporal changes in fish distribution, analyzing the effectiveness of fisheries-monitoring programs, and studying coupled natural and human systems in fisheries.

Solène Guggisberg

Ph.D., International Law

Utrecht University

Solène Guggisberg specializes in the law of the sea, environmental law, and international dispute settlement. Her current research interests lie in fisheries governance, climate change, and sustainable development. She previously worked for United Nations bodies as well as international governmental and nongovernmental organizations involved in fisheries and maritime affairs providing legal advice and opinions on international and EU fisheries law, maritime delimitation, and sustainable development issues.

Katy Seto

Ph.D., Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

University of Wollongong

Katy Seto’s research centers on coupled human and natural systems dynamics in marine and coastal systems. Her primary areas of focus are 1) the contribution of marine resources to food and livelihood security, 2) governing marine and coastal systems for resource equity and sustainability, and 2) maritime security and globalization in a context of rapid global change. Her work investigates the equity, sustainability, and governance of marine and coastal systems, and the reciprocal relationship they have with human wellbeing and conflict.

Julia Mason

Ph.D., Biology

Stanford University

Julia Mason is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station. Her research is on the effects of climate variability and management on the social-ecological resilience of fisheries in California and Peru. She is interested in dynamic management approaches that protect highly migratory species and fisheries livelihoods in a variable, changing climate. Julia is currently a John A. Knauss fellow for Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey’s office for 2019.

Tiff-Annie Kenny

Ph.D., Biology

University of Ottawa

Tiff-Annie is interested in human dependency on biodiversity for nutrition and food security. Her research employs participatory and systems-based methodologies to examine the links between marine environments and human health, with a particular focus on the ecological, environmental, and economic dimensions of Indigenous Peoples food systems. Tiff-Annie holds a B.Eng. and an MSc. (Applied) in Biosystems Engineering from McGill University, and a PhD in Biology from the University of Ottawa.

Oai Li Chen

Ph.D., Aquaculture and Fisheries Economics

University of British Columbia

Oai Li Chen’s research focuses on drivers of change in the seafood markets and their implications for fisheries sustainability and the well being of fish producers and consumers, at the national and global levels. She is developing an integrated assessment model that links economic and biophysical components to explore co-benefits and trade-offs in global marine biodiversity, food provisioning and economic benefits under different development pathways for the future oceans.

Becca Selden

Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology

Rutgers University

Becca Selden is a broadly trained marine ecologist interested in examining how climate change is impacting marine communities and the fishers that depend on them. She is currently working as a NSF OCE Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Rutgers University investigating how climate change is impacting marine predator prey interactions. For Nereus, she will examine how shifting species distributions are creating no-analog communities within coastal marine systems, and how such changes in ecological community structure might also impact fishing communities.

Hubert Du Pontavice

M.Sc, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Agrocampus Ouest

Hubert Du Pontavice is a Ph.D. student at Agrocampus Ouest (France) and at the University of British Columbia. He has a background in fisheries and aquatic sciences with a specialization in dynamics of aquatic ecosystems and resources. Hubert’s research focuses on the functioning of food webs induced by fisheries and climate change. The objective of the project is to analyze and model the impacts of changes in species assemblages on the global parameters of the functioning of marine food webs.

Robert Blasiak

Ph.D., International Cooperation

Stockholm Resilience Center

Robert Blasiak is a post-doctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo. He holds a PhD from the University of Tokyo, where he focused on how conflict and cooperation among states can impact the conservation and sustainable use of ocean resources. His current research focuses not only on how states can promote sustainable ocean management, but also the crucial role that can be played by transnational corporations, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations.

Colin Thackray

Ph.D., Atmospheric Chemistry

Harvard University

Colin Thackray is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, with a background in numerical modeling of atmospheric physics and chemistry. He is developing a modeling framework to trace anthropogenic emissions (to the atmosphere and oceans) of toxicants such as mercury through the physical environment into marine food webs to assess the toxicants’ effects on fisheries health and sustainability. This framework will also help project future fisheries sustainability under changing fishing/climate/emissions.

Tyler Eddy

Ph.D., Marine Biology

University of South Carolina

I am interested in the impacts of coastal resource use on marine ecosystems in the past, present, and future. I have participated in field expeditions to the Juan Fernández Archipelago, Chile, the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, and throughout Atlantic Canada observing subtidal communities. I employ a range of ecological and statistical modelling techniques to understand relationships between fishing, climate change, and marine ecosystems. My work contributes to the fields of marine ecology, fisheries science and management, marine conservation, historical ecology, and climate change. I am a visiting scientist at Dalhousie University, Canada, the Charles Darwin Foundation, Galápagos, Ecuador, and the Changing Ocean Research Unit at the University of British Columbia, Canada and the regional coordinator for FISH-MIP, based at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany.

Gerald Singh

Ph.D., Resource Management and Environmental Studies

University of British Columbia

Gerald Singh is a Nereus Fellow working with Yoshitaka Ota and Andres Cisneros-Montemayor and collaborating with the United Nations Development Programme. Gerald is characterizing the contribution of a sustainable ocean to achieving broad sustainable development goals. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework, Gerald is researching how the SDGs are dependent on achieving sustainable use and management of the ocean.

Jessica Spijkers

M.Sc, Social-ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development

Stockholm Resilience Center

Jessica Spijkers is a Ph.D. student at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Australia). In her Ph.D., she seeks to understand where, why and with what social-ecological consequences international conflicts over shared fish stocks occur. She aims to develop scenarios for future conflict under climate scenarios to develop recommendations on how to cope with and adapt to change, how to reduce the risk of conflict, and increase the prospects for sustainable, equitable use of shared marine resources.

Matilda Petersson

M.Sc, Social-ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development

Stockholm Resilience Center

Matilda Petersson has a background in Political Science with a specialization in Environmental Politics. Her Ph.D. will investigate whether and under which conditions inclusive governance systems can contribute to effective governance of global marine resources. In her previous work, Matilda has explored the diversity and participatory patterns over time among non-state actors in Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs).

Rachel Seary

M.Sc, Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems

University of Cambridge/UNEP-WCMC

Rachel Seary is conducting her Ph.D. research at the University of Cambridge in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Rachel’s research background is in coastal habitats and artisanal fisheries and she has recently completed an M.Sc in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems at the University of St Andrews. As a member of the Nereus Program, Rachel will be working on understanding the role of mangroves in supporting artisanal fisheries and the potential impacts of mangrove loss on global food security and community livelihoods.

Guillermo Ortuño Crespo

M.Sc, Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems

Duke University

Guillermo Ortuño Crespo is a Ph.D. student at Duke University’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab. He recently obtained a M.Sc. degree in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems from the University of St Andrews, where his research was focused on the conservation and management of Thunnus thynnus and the use of genetic tools in fisheries management. His main research interests are in the spatial ecology and conservation of highly migratory, straddling species, which raise fundamental questions about their trans-boundary management, particularly in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Muhammed Oyinlola

M.Sc, International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology

University of British Columbia

Muhammed Oyinlola is presently working on his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia with the Changing Ocean Research Unit and the Nereus Program of the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. His studies focus on the implications of climate change and ocean acidification on global seafood production from aquaculture.