Cohort 2020/21

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Fiona-Elaine Straßer

Country: Germany


Fiona-Elaine Straßer is currently a second-year M.Sc. student of the International Master of Marine Biological Resources, a joint Master program supported by the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC). Her current research at the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) in Faro, Portugal aims to investigate the impact of climate change on the Golden Kelp, originating in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Apart from aiming to preserve highly bio-diverse marine habitats, she is also highly passionate about analyzing/understanding . . .

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Jesslene Jawanda

Country: Canada


I grew up on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia next to the ocean. My interest in marine science grew from spending a lot of time scuba diving and sea kayaking in early years. I graduated from Dalhousie University with a BSc in Marine Biology and continued on to complete the Ocean Technology Advanced Diploma program from NSCC. In 2017, I joined the Canada C3 Expedition from Iqaluit to Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut. The following year I moved to Iqaluit to work with Qikiqtaaluk Corporation as their Fisheries Division Coordinator, where I currently develop projects . . .

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Thando Mazomba

Country: South Africa


Thando Mazomba has a background in Marine Biology, Oceanography and Environmental and Geographical Sciences. She is interested in holistic approaches in marine research and industry. Currently, she is an MSc candidate at the university of Cape Town, assessing climate model results in the Southern Ocean using historical whaling data. She enjoys understanding the ocean from as many perspectives as possible. This includes her want to celebrate the intersectionality that exists within the marine space, especially in marine conservation. Coming from a beautifully diverse country, Thando believes that people hold . . .

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Marissa Brink-Hull

Country: South Africa


I completed my PhD in Genetics at Stellenbosch University, during which I formed part of a lab that assessed various species along the South African coastline and abroad, ranging from sharks and rays to abalone, kob and sea urchins. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where my research is focused on developing integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) systems to contribute to zero-waste aquaculture practices. This research forms part of a larger “All Atlantic Ocean Sustainable, ProfiTable and Resilient Aquaculture . . .

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Julie Reimer

Country: Canada


Julie Reimer is a PhD Candidate (Geography) at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Her research explores marine spatial planning and area-based ocean management as a pathway toward conservation and sustainability goals. She holds a Master of Marine Management and a Bachelor of Science in biology and brings this interdisciplinary and problem-solving lens to her work. Julie has been recognized as a leader in organizational governance and science-based conservation advocacy, and currently serves as President of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, . . .

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Jillian Arany

Country: Canada


Jillian Arany is originally from Barrhaven, Ontario but moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2009 to pursue her education, where she has remained. She earned her B.Sc. in Marine Biology, with a minor in Environmental Studies and Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment from Dalhousie University in 2013, and her M.Sc. in Biology from Acadia University in 2019. Since 2016, she has been working as a Fisheries Biologist for The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq – Mi’kmaw . . .

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Kelsey Archer Barnhill

Country: UK


After researching tropical corals for her Masters in Ecology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Kelsey Archer Barnhill made the dive to deep sea ecology for her PhD. A member of University of Edinburgh’s Changing Oceans Research Group, Kelsey is an iAtlantic Fellow and One Ocean Hub Early Career Researcher. Her research explores triple stressor impacts on the habitat-building cold-water coral, Lophelia pertusa. Using laboratory mesocosms to run year-long experiments on live corals and coral skeletons, her work will allow scientists to better understand . . .

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Harriet Dundon

Country: Ireland


Harriet Dundon is currently completing an internship with the Marine Institute, working in Marine Science Communication at Galway City Museum. She is responsible for the Sea Science Gallery which encompasses hands on education and outreach programmes. She obtained her BSc in Physical Geography and Oceanography from the University of Bangor, Wales. She completed her MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments at NUI Galway, where she focused on the accuracy of UAV technology in the mapping of coastal erosion. Harriet was also involved in a research project on the Celtic Voyager which . . .

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Hajar Bouzaidi

Country: Morocco


Hajar Bouzaidi holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, a master’s degree in Marine Environment and Aquaculture, and she is currently a PhD student in Marine Sciences at the University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Morocco. Her doctoral project is based on the stock assessment, the eco-biological and socio-economic study of a marine species. Hajar has not only a passion for the ocean but an undying love for it and feels responsible to protect it. To be an All-Atlantic Youth Ambassador is a . . .

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Othman Cherkaoui Dekkaki

Country: Morocco


Othman Cherkaoui Dekkaki obtained his master's degree in 2017 in Applied mathematics: Help in decision making from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the same field with a research focus on Optimization, Modelling, Optimal Control to assist decision-makers in their decisions. During this time, he has had the pleasured to give talks and teach classes about the importance of Modelling and Help in decision making. He believes that coming together as a community, including youth in decision making, would tremendously help us in . . .

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Julia Biscaia Zamoner

Country: Brasil


Julia Biscaia Zamoner has a bachelor's degree in Oceanography and a master's degree in Ecology by the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil, with a 15-month period at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her research was developed within the Long-Term Ecological Research at Brazilian Oceanic Islands (PELD-ILOC) and focused on temporal dynamics of reef benthic communities and the influence of oceanographic drivers. Currently, Julia is Co-founder and Executive Secretary at the Geração Oceano X Institute, developing projects in the Ocean-Climate-Water nexus towards Ocean . . .

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Daniele Venturini

Country: Brasil


Daniel Venturini is a biologist with a master’s degree in ecology and conservation. Most of his career took place near the Ocean, working with cetacean research and marine protected areas. In 2016, he funded ECO360, an audiovisual project that uses storytelling for conservation. Daniel became a National Geographic explorer in 2018 when he worked with Virtual Reality and Ocean conservation. He is currently the head of education and communication of the Abrolhos Marine National Park. In 2020, he was awarded another NatGeo grant to conduct a project involving storytelling and research in the Amazon . . .

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Raqueline Monteiro

Country: Brasil


Raqueline Monteiro is a young Oceanographer and Plastic Pollution Researcher at Amazônia. Currently, she is a PhD student in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries at the Federal University of Pará (Brazil) where she has been studying microplastic pollution in water and sediment at Amazon river and, microplastic ingested by biota as well. She is concerned about the plastic consumption by society and how it pollutes our Water planet, since a small river near our home until an amazing blue ocean. She hopes for a ‘deplastified’ future for us and the next generations. Rethink, reduce, and recycle . . .

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Miryam Lima

Country: Cape Verde


Ms. Miryam Lima has a master's degree in the sustainable management of fisheries resources and works as an All-Atlantic Youth Ambassador for Cape Verde. She participated in the South Atlantic Workshop for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. She was one of the speakers of the Marine and Atmospheric Scientific Symposium held in Cabo Verde and she did volunteer work for the protection of sea turtles. Miryam completed an internship at GEOMAR, where she published her first article (doi:10.5194/bg-13-1977-2016).
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Raquel Gaião Silva

Country: Portugal


Raquel Gaião Silva is a marine biologist and passionate about raising awareness for a more sustainable ocean. She has an international master's degree in Biodiversity and Marine Conservation. In 2018, Raquel was the first Portuguese to win the international GBIF . . .

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Gary Kett

Country: Ireland


I am a PhD candidate at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork. I am interested in the impact of climate change on animal health, particularly bivalves such as oysters, mussels, and cockles, and how we can secure the aquaculture industry to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate. My PhD research (funded by Horizon 2020 VIVALDI project and EU Interreg Atlantic Area projects COCKLES and BLUEFISH) explores the role of sunlight and UV radiation in bivalve host-pathogen dynamics. This research is greatly exciting as I get to . . .

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Elyne Dugény

Country: France


Élyne Dugény has a Master’s degree in Marine Sciences from Sorbonne University (Paris 6) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Marine Ecology at IFREMER (French Institute for Marine Research and Exploitation) within the Laboratory of Environmental Marine Sciences (LEMAR). Her participation to the international Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), organized by the Swiss Polar Institute in 2016, inspired her to become a PhD candidate, after having experienced one month on a Russian Icebreaker in the Atlantic, from Germany to South Africa, with 50 other passionate graduated students from . . .

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Marina Cucuzza

Country: U.S.


Marina Cucuzza is a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) working with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) in the Office of Science and Technology & Climate Program Offices. Marina holds dual Master of Science degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Policy from the University of Maine, where her research focused on the resilience and management of Maine’s fishing communities in the face of ecological and socioeconomic changes. Marina is an All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador . . .

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Eloïse Savineau

Country: Belgium


Ms. Eloïse Savineau holds a B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of Aberdeen and has recently completed her M.Sc. in Oceanography at the University of Southampton, where she studied the impacts of salmon fish farm pollutants on benthic ecosystems. In the past, she has engaged in public outreach for the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch on the Isle of Man, where she worked closely with the public to promote the use of citizen science for marine mammal research and conservation. She is currently interning at the Flanders Marine Institute in Belgium, with a focus on plankton research. Eloïse has a . . .

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Theresa Keith

Country: U.S


Theresa Keith is currently a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Her role is as a UN Decade Domestic Engagement Policy Advisor working to promote and coordinate participation in the UN Decade for Ocean Science 2021-2030. She has an M.Sc. in Water Resource Policy and Management (Oregon State University/IHE Delft) and an M.A. in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy (UPEACE). She is excited to serve as an All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador for the U.S. and sees a lot of potential in combining the ambassadors’ campaigns for the Atlantic Ocean with her work on . . .

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Jorge Elisio Lopes Gomes

Country: Cape Verde


Mr. Lopes has a degree in Biology Science by the University of Cabo Verde. Currently, working as a touristic Guide on Explore Cape Verde which is an eco-tourism company. He is running mainly Shark tours, Bird watching trips and Turtle walks. Working already in the tourism he was chosen as the Cabo Verde Youth Ambassador to take part in the creation of an Atlantic friendly certification for coastal industries. So far, he’s being doing meetings with coastal industries, tours company’s and Nature NGO's such as Hilton resort, Explore Cape Verde, Meliã resorts or . . .

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Daniela Belén Risario

Country: Argentina


I’m a Physical Oceanographer interested in understanding the changes of the Sea Surface Temperature over the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean and its potential ecological impact under the current scenario of climate change. I’m currently in the last months of my PhD program at the University of Buenos Aires, where I also carried out my undergraduate studies. I’ve developed my doctoral research in physical oceanography, focused on the understanding of the processes in the ocean-atmosphere interface that drive the observed variations of sea surface temperatures in the . . .

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Kirstin Petzer

Country: South Africa


My name is Kirstin Petzer and I am from Cape Town, South Africa. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and Environmental and Geographical Science in 2019 and I will have completed my Honours in Oceanography by the end of 2020 at UCT. My Honours project was on Upwelling Rates in the Southern Benguela and will carry on this topic into my Masters in 2021. I am interested in coastal oceanography because it directly affects people’s livelihoods and the sustainability of coastal economies, which is why I am honoured to be one of the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth . . .

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Micaela Belen Stange

Country: Argentina


Micaela Belen Stange, originally from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, is a recent graduate of a Biological Sciences Degree with a final job during which she studied the foraging sites and possible migration routes of green turtles using stable isotopes and isoscapes under the support of the organization "The Leatherback Trust" and "IBIOMAR -CONICET". She completed her studies in Chubut, Patagonia Argentina, where she worked in parallel and actively developing environmental education programs dedicated to conservation and participated in several scientific . . .

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Jorge Moreno

Country: Spain


Mr. Jorge Moreno is a master student of the International Master of Marine Biological Resources supported by the European Union, where he has studied in Ghent University (Belgium), Bergen University (Norway) and University Polytechnique of la Marche (Italy). Currently, Jorge is conducting his master thesis at the Instituto do Mar in the Azores. He undertook his undergraduate Biology degree in La Laguna University, in the Canary Islands (Spain). Jorge has always been passionate about protecting the Atlantic Ocean, collaborating in several initiatives and projects during his student . . .

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