Dr Lucie Penin:   “Using space when there is no time: What lava flows of variable ages tell us about the structure and dynamics of coral assemblages in eastern Réunion Island”

University of Reunion Island

I am an associate professor at University of Reunion Island. My research focuses on coral ecosystems, with a particular interest in the dynamics and maintenance of hard coral communities in the context of increasing disturbances. After almost a decade in the Pacific (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Australia), I joined University of Reunion Island in 2011, to teach and pursue research on the ecology of coral reefs in the south-western Indian Ocean. I am particularly interested in demographic processes in hard corals of La Réunion, Rodrigues and Madagascar, especially through the supervision of theses. I work in collaboration with the Réserve Naturelle Marine de la Réunion as well, to evaluate the reserve effect on benthic communities. I have a particular interest in non-reef coral ecosystems, notably the lava flows of the Piton de La Fournaise volcano and the mesophotic coral ecosystems.



Dr Rochelle Wigley:   “An international capacity-development ocean mapping training program: successes and lessons learnt”

School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering- University of New Hampshire


Dr Rochelle Wigley has an M.S. in Igneous Geochemistry and a Ph.D. in Sedimentology from the University of Cape Town and a Graduate Certificate in Ocean Mapping from the University of New Hampshire.  Dr. Wigley is currently Project Director for the Nippon Foundation / GEBCO Training Program at Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, University of New Hampshire. She oversees the management of the Training Program, mentors current students and is active in maintaining this international network of alumni.  She was co-lead on the GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team, grand prize winners of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE,  and is a board member of Map the Gaps, where she facilitates alumni involvement in ocean mapping projects to ensure ongoing capacity development.



Dr Dan Ierodiaconou:   “Marine and Coastal monitoring and applications using citizen science”

Deakin University

Daniel Ierodiaconou is an Associate Professor in Marine Science at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus in Australia. He employs multi-disciplinary approaches to improve our understanding of terrestrial and coastal processes, evaluation of marine reserves and marine ecosystem-based management. He is a principal scientist for the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program. He leads the Deakin Marine Mapping Group and has developed new techniques to map our coasts and oceans, providing an accurate and comprehensive picture of coastal change and life and the diversity of marine environments. He is a  marine scientist, strategic leader and board director with a passion for discovery and knowledge sharing supporting a harmony between people and place to ensure economic, environmental and social prosperity.



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