Board Member, former N/S American Chapter Director, Executive Director, World Oyster Society and The Living Arts Institute (website down presently), USA
Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Crassostrea angulata, Other Bivalve Species
Supporting oyster literacy and restoration through education and speaking engagements.
The 'A' in STEAM education and community awareness building. Toward that end, I authored a play and a teaching tale called Sammy Spat and the Big Rescue to build public awareness of oysters and their keystone role in ocean health. I hold degrees in both the arts (Theatre and Design) and Educational Leadership/Experiential Education) and have established a non-profit to spotlight key social and environmental issues. It is through the arts and our hearts that we are motivated to take action. The play and Sammy Spat and the Big Rescue were written to capture the heart while it informs - end goal: fall in love with the main character Sammy Spat, follow his journey, and join in to help oysters. I intend in book two for Sammy to ride the tide to the NORA part of the world. Teaching, public speaking, co-creating/collaboration, strategic planning get me energized!
Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Ecosystem Service Quantification, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Site Selection
Native oyster restoration in the Netherlands
I am involved in native oyster restoration, monitoring, ecosystem service quantification and outreach in the Netherlands, and to restoration in the USA and Australia. I contributed to the first active restoration pilots and the description of the first native oyster reef in the Dutch North sea. I am part of the Dutch Flat Oyster Consortium that is active in putting native oyster restoration on the policy agenda together with partners. I am also involved in designs of offshore wind farms, where populations of native oyster are actively promoted as well as new restoration techniques for oyster reef restoration.
Biosecurity, Disease, Historical Ecology, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Seed Production, Site Selection
All Dutch native oyster retoration projects, in one way or the other
As one of the initiators of native oyster restoration in Dutch waters, I am currently functioning as an informal network coordinator, operating between the various restoration projects and related organisations. With the purpose of stimulating cooperation and exchange of information, in order to speed up the learning curve we have to go through. As member of the NORA Advisory Board I also attempt to stimulate cross-border cooperation and information exchange at a European level.
Professor of Marine Biology, University of Plymouth, UK and Japan
Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Public Outreach
I work on the effects of ocean acidification and warming on oysters and other aquaculture species, as well as on biogenic habitats and marine invasive species. This research is mainly based in the NE Atlantic, the Mediterranean, China and Japan. I am President of the British Phycological Society with an interest in how the movement of oysters can present biosecurity challenges as well as major ecosystem benefits.
Senior scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Norway
Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease, Historical Ecology, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Public Outreach
Microbiologist, spesialization in bivalve health and disease transmission. Experience from projects on oyster, mussel and scallop aquaculture. Leading a National Reference Laboratory function on diagnostics of bivalve diseases in Norway and a healtth monitoring programme, including wild and farmed populations of flat oysters and mussels. Leading a Nordic collaborative network on Pacific oysters in Scandinavia, studying the spreading dynamics, mitigation as well as a potential exploration of Pacific oysters as a new resource. Also involved in public outreach through communication with stakeholders, including managers.
Research Assistant, Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz centre for polar and marine research, Germany
Public Outreach, Site Selection
My main focus is on conducting outreach to the public developing 1) educational material e. g. for German highschool students and teachers, 2) information material for interested visitors e.g. info boards and flyer, 3) an interactive online platform to increase the knowledge on the native oyster and its valuable ecosystem functions.
MASTS Reader / Associate Professor, Hariot-Watt University, UK
Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Biosecurity, Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Seed Production, Site Selection
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
My primary focus is on the delivery of physical restoration of native oyster populations and habitat. In managing the ENORI project I have developed a broad knowledge of all things oysters. Key considerations and particular interests within our habitat restoration work include supply and type of cultch, biosecurity, monitoring and delivery of public outreach. I have a mixed disciplinary background, I have completed research projects and have spent time working within the bivalve aquaculture industry.
Scientific Officer, Blue Marine Foundation / University of Portsmouth / University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Disease, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Seed Production, Site Selection
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.
Marine Program Manager, Florida, U.S.A., The Nature Conservancy, United States
Other Bivalve Species
Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach
Native oysters in Florida
I have been involved in marine conservation work for more than 30 years in my adopted home of Florida. I joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2004 and as TNC’s Marine Program Manager in Florida, I am responsible for guiding work on restoring and managing coastal systems that include habitat restoration, management and policy actions, and convening diverse stakeholders to tackle issues affecting Florida’s estuarine systems. I have a special affinity for oyster habitat and I am currently managing a large-scale oyster habitat restoration project and the development of an oyster ecosystem-based fisheries management plan for the Greater Pensacola Bay System in Florida.