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Mr Stuart Hancock

Research and Development, Fabrication and management, STARTUP TEAM - East Coast and Thames Estuary Lobster Hatchery, Oyster Fishery and Processing, UK

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Crassostrea angulata, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out, Hatchery, Spatting Pond, Wild Fishery)

Project affiliation

Just Joined Native Oyster Network also have Support From Essex Univeristy and support from Padstow Hatchery

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Dr. Eve Galimany

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Spain

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification

Project affiliation

The Mar Menor oyster project (OstraMM)

I have a PhD from the University of Barcelona obtained in 2010. My research background is in the ecology, biology, and pathology of benthic invertebrates, with a particular focus on the ecological role that filter-feeders, such as bivalves, play in the ecosystem. I have studied the role of bivalves in shaping coastal environments, e.g. mitigating the symptoms of eutrophication, reducing the occurrence of harmful and nuisance algal blooms, and restoring ecosystem functions. Also, I have investigated how the environment can affect the health and physiology of the invertebrates themselves including both immune and pathological studies. My research has provided valuable information for the management of aquaculture species, fisheries and natural resources, as well as for conservation and restoration purposes.

E-Mail: galimany@icm.csic.es

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Ms Monica Fabra

PhD researcher, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Disease, Genetics, Invasive Species, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Hatchery)

Project affiliation

Solent Oyster Restoration Project

I am a marine biologist, specialised in Marine Ecology, currently PhD student at the Institute of Marine Sciences of Portsmouth (University of Portsmouth, UK). My research involves the hatchery production of the native oyster O.edulis as spat-on-shell for restoration in the Solent. I am investigating the genetic implications surrounding the employment of locally adapted broodstock from disease-affected areas, for the hatchery production of native oyster seed for restoration purposes, monitoring the genetic diversity and potential disease-resistance during the whole production process. I am also investigating the mechanisms of competitive exclusion of C. fornicata, assessing the factors responsible for the inhibition of O. edulis natural recruitment in the Solent. During my most recent work experience, I've been running an aquarium based experiment to investigate the role of microplastics as pathogen vectors. All my previous experiences include projects related to the biodiversity and conservation fields of study.

E-Mail: monica.fabra@port.ac.uk

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Dr. William Sanderson

MASTS Reader / Associate Professor, Hariot-Watt University, UK

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Biosecurity, Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Seed Production, Site Selection

Project affiliation

Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project

Societal benefits, restoration, ecology, biodiversity & monitoring of: 1. Shellfish reefs, 2. Marine Protected Areas 3. Priority habitats of nature conservation importance, The win-win between biodiversity conservation, ecosystem function and marine development Biodiversity mapping and management in Marine Spatial Planning Sustainable development and habitat use by species of high biodiversity conservation importance

E-Mail: w.g.sanderson@hw.ac.uk
Web: https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/william-sanderson

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Dr. Luke Helmer

Scientific Officer, Blue Marine Foundation / University of Portsmouth / University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Disease, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Seed Production, Site Selection

Project affiliation

Solent Oyster Restoration Project / The Wild Oysters Project

Primarily focused on providing a strong scientific foundation for the Solent Oyster Restoration Project, my intrests are broad as there are many issues to consider within our system. My previous research has involved invasive species, restoration aquaculture systems, disease and associated biodiversity. More recently we have been working on scaling up reef restoration and I have been encouraging the movement towards integrated ecosystem restoration (Oysters, Saltmarsh, Seagrass and Kelp). Outreach, communication and engement with a range of audiences is also something that I keen to develop across Europe following our successful activities in the UK.

E-Mail: luke@bluemarinefoundation.com
Web: https://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/projects/solent/

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Dr. Antonio Villalba

Senior Researcher, Centro de Investigacións Mariñas, Consellería do mar da Xunta de Galicia, Spain

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Crassostrea angulata, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease

I am working on mollusc diseases since 1986, mostly focused on solving problems of the shellfish industry caused by diseases. In the last 10 years, this research has been mostly devoted to perkinsosis of clams, bonamiosis of flat oysters, marteiliosis of cockles, summer mortality of Pacific oysters, mollusc cancer, mass mortality of Pinna nobilis and cultured mussel mortality.

E-Mail: antonio.villalba.garcia@xunta.gal

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Dr. Joanne Preston

Reader in Marine Ecology & Evolution, University of Porstmouth, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Biosecurity, Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Seed Production, Site Selection

Project affiliation

Solent Oyster Restoration Project, Native Oyster Network

My conversation priority is the interconnected restoration of coastal habitats, particularly oyster reefs, seagrass and saltmarsh. My research is focused on the ecology of these species and habitats, and thier interactions with environmental pressures such as climate change, microplastics, disease, invasive species and excessive nutrients (eutrophication). I am also intersted in host-pathogen interactions in filter-feeders, and genetic adaptations and diversity of the native oyster. In 2017 I founded the UK and Ireland Native Oyster Restoration Network in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, which aims to catalyse a national approach to oyster habitat restoration via action, communication and providing evidence for policy change. I'm an advisory board member for the European Native Oyster Restoration Alliance and a founding member of the Solent Oyster Restoration Project team, led by Blue Marine Foundation, for which I act as an technical and scientific advisor alongside active restoration practice.

E-Mail: joanne.preston@port.ac.uk
Web: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/joanne-preston

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Dr. Boze Hancock

Senior Marine Habitat Restoration Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, United States

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Genetics, Historical Ecology, Monitoring, Site Selection

Developing the science, networks and communication to allow the scale-up of shellfish reef restoration to address habitat destruction on an ecologically meaningful scale. This includes developing the primary science to support restoration and quantifying the ecosystem services provided by the restored habitat, translating that science into formats accessible to a variety of practitioners and facilitating knowledge exchange across a range of projects, geographies and taxa.

E-Mail: BHANCOCK@TNC.ORG

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