Dr. Jose M. Fariñas-Franco

Assistant Lecturer, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Historical Ecology, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Site Selection

I'm a marine ecologist and scientific diver studying the ecological functioning of marine habitats of high biodiversity, especially biogenic habitats formed by shellfish, the effects of anthropogenic impacts and the development of novel approaches for impact amelioration and ecological restoration. I have expertise in the aquaculture of biogenic reef forming bivalves (oysters, horse mussels) with the purpose of ecological restoration, site selection of restoration and translocation and monitoring of success using biodiversity of the associated community, survival and recruitment as metrics. In the past I have worked in several shellfish restoration projects such as the Modiolus Restoration Plan in Strangford Lough (Northern Ireland), monitoring condition and recovery in horse mussel Modiolus modiolus populations following restoration, and the Dornoch Firth Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP) in Scotland for the reintroduction of the native oyster Ostrea edulis, largely working on site selection and historical ecology.

E-Mail: josemaria.farinas-franco@gmit.ie

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Dr. Norbert Dankers

Estuarine ecologist, Retired Wageningen Marine Research, The Netherlands

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Ecosystem Service Quantification, Historical Ecology, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Site Selection

Worked in WaddenSea for 40 years on many aspects of ecology. Much on impacts on mussel and cockle. Studied natural development of introduced Pacific Oyster and recovery of mussel beds in impacted areas. Monitored specific mussel beds for more than 25 years. Contributed to the birth of quantifying Environmental services in 1978. Much interest and experience in ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management)

E-Mail: norbertdankers@hotmail.com

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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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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. Philine zu Ermgassen

Secretariat, NORA Native Oyster Restoration Alliance, Germany/ United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Biosecurity, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Historical Ecology, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration

Project affiliation

Essex Native Oyster Initiative

I have > ten years experience in native oyster restoration, ecosystem service quantification and historical ecology in the USA, Australia and Europe. I have worked with NORA to develop Biosecurity Guidelines, having undertaken my PhD on aquatic invasive species at the University to Cambridge. I was a contributing author to the "Oyster Habitat Restoration Monitoring and Assessment Handbook" (2014) and author and editor of the "Restoration Guidelines for Shellfish Reefs" (2019) and the "European Native Oyster Habitat Restoration Handbook, UK and Ireland" (2020) and therefore have broad, high-level experience of oyster restoration. I am also a longstanding member of the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative, and have provided project-level advice for several native oyster projects throughout the UK.

E-Mail: secretariat@noraeurope.eu

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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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Dr. Åsa Strand

Senior researcher, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Seed Production

Project affiliation

IVL

Sustainable use of bivalve populations with special emphasis on management of native and non-native bivalves and aquaculture. More specifically in aquaculture: semi-intensive and extensive seed production of oysters and mussels and developmen of new protocols and techniques for grow out. restoration efforts. More specifically in management: interactions between native and non-native species, ecosystem services, management of invasive species and monitoring of native species. Strong focus on applied aspects and research-industry collaboration.

E-Mail: asa.strand@ivl.se
Web: https://www.ivl.se/sidor/vara-omraden/vatten/vatten-i-ekosystem/forvaltning-av-marina-ekosystem.html

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