Philine zu Ermgassen

Since completing her PhD on freshwater invasive species at the University of Cambridge, Philine zu Ermgassen has gained ten years experience in oyster restoration science and marine coastal habitat restoration. She has developed numerous ecosystem service models for oyster and other coastal habitats in the US and globally, and authored both scientific papers and outreach user manuals to help to translate the science into policy and practice e.g. Setting Objectives for Oyster Habitat Restoration Using Ecosystem Services – A Manager’s Guide (pdf). From 2014 to 2016 she was lead scientist for the fisheries element of The Nature Conservancy’s Mapping Ocean Wealth project (, for which she now serves on the Advisory Board.

Boze Hancock

Boze Hancock is the Senior Marine Habitat Restoration Scientist for TNC’s Global Oceans Team. Boze assists in developing marine habitat restoration in new geographies and provides technical support for partners and numerous restoration projects throughout TNC’s global portfolio. He also works to provide the science support for marine habitat restoration, particularly through quantifying the ecosystem services these habitats provide human communities, such as coastal protection, fish production and improved water quality. He also focusses on making the results available to the marine policycommunity and restoration practitioners (eg. He is also working with the Society for Ecological Restoration to help align our work with the language and structure developed by SER to help unify the field ahead of the UN Decade of Ecological Restoration.

Andreas Essenberger

Andreas Essenberger is a multimedia designer and runs Essenberger Design, an interactive media and design agency in Husum, a small port town in Wadden Sea National Park on the west coast of Germany. The agency produces designs for corporate identity, advertising and marketing and also websites and interactive applications for terminals in nature conservation information centres and exhibitions. The agency offers a full range of services for the implementation of projects. From consultation, planning and conception to design, production and reproduction, as well as technical services for the operation of applications. In collaboration with Katrin Wollny-Goerke (meeresmedien), he works on wide-ranging communications projects, such as a long-term project for the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation or Marine Mammals Science Education, a European project carried out by several countries.
He designed and implemented the website for NORA and handles tasks related to visual and digital communication and the operation of the website.

Katrin Wollny-Goerke

Katrin Wollny-Goerke is an independent freelancer, based in Hamburg with her small enterprise meeresmedien She studied geography and made her diploma in 1991. Focusing on marine nature conservation issues and environmental education & information, she worked at the Seal Rehabilitation Center in Friedrichskoog, Schleswig-Holstein / Germany, and also became head of the Center. In 1998, Katrin began to work as a freelancer for several nature conservation institutions, realizing different media products for exhibitions, educational and information purposes about marine fauna, flora and nature conservation, mostly in a network with other freelancers. During her long-lasting contracts with the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Katrin got in touch with European Oyster restoration. She developed several media products for BfN about the Native Oyster, together with Andreas Essenberger (a freelancer colleague). They were also involved in the organization of the first NORA meeting in Berlin 2017, in close cooperation with Dr. Bernadette Pogoda from AWI. For NORA 2, Andreas and Katrin organized the registration process in order of Heriot-Watt University.