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Board Members (alphabetical)

Brad Erisman PhD ([email protected]) Brad is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego. For the past ten years, Brad has focused his research on the reproductive biology, behavior, and evolution of groupers (Epinephelidae), seabasses (Serranidae), and croakers (Sciaenidae). Brad leads all research initiatives on the science, management, and conservation of fish spawning aggregations for the Gulf of California Marine Program (gulfprogram.ucsd.edu) at SIO. Such work involves collaborations between scientists, NGOs, government agencies, fishers, and community leaders from Mexico and abroad to create sustainable fisheries for aggregating fishes of commercial importance in the region. He is also leading research projects to understand the impact of recreational fisheries on spawning aggregations in Southern California, USA. Brad has completed several peer-reviewed manuscripts, magazine articles, booklets, book chapters, technical reports, and other products on fish spawning aggregations in the Gulf of California and elsewhere. He is a member of the IUCN Specialist Group of Groupers and Wrasses.

Michael Domeier PhD ([email protected]) Michael is founding President of the Marine Conservation Science Institute, a private nonprofit laboratory based in southern California that strives to bridge the gap between marine research and marine conservation. Michael's research and insight relative to spawning aggregations led him to write a landmark review paper of spawning aggregations (co-authored with Pat Colin) in the 1990's that is perhaps the most cited paper on this subject. In recent years he has spent most of his time studying large pelagic fish species with cutting edge telemetry technology. His white shark research project is currently the subject of a National Geographic Channel television series called Expedition Great White. Michael is a founding member of SCRFA and served as Chairman from 2000-2005.

Richard Hamilton PhD (rham d [email protected]) Rick is the Senior Melanesia Marine Scie M M entist for Th Nature he Conserv vancy. He lives in Brisbane, Australia and travel regularly to Papua a ls New Gu uinea and Solomon Isla S ands. Rich hard is fluen in nt several Melanesian languages and has a background in n s ology and marine science. One of his areas of m o s anthropo expertise is documenting and quantifying fishers' local g knowled and incorporating this informa dge ation into sc cientific research and marin conserva h ne ation progra ams. Much of his wor in Melane h rk esia has focused on working collaborat g tively with communitie and gove c es ernments to locate, o monitor and improv the mana ve agement of spawning aggregatio of large exploited r f ons e reef fishes. Currently he is working with comm C e g munities in Papua New Guinea and colleagu w ues from Jam Cook University to examine how the dis mes U spersal of p planktonic larvae and the moveme of adults connect populations of coral re fishes th aggrega to spawn. ent s p s eef hat ate

Brian E. Luckhurs PhD (bria st an.luckhurs [email protected] om) ed S eries Office er, Brian recently retire as the Senior Fishe ment of Env vironmental Protection, Bermuda Departm Governm ment. He moved to Ita after serv m aly ving 27 yea in ars his posit tion with the Bermuda Environme Ministry e ent y. Brian ha worked in the wider Caribbean region since as n r n 1970 an made his first dive on a groupe spawning nd s o er g aggrega ation in 1973. Most of his work ha been wit coral as th reef fishes and he was actively involved in a numbe of w er h ncluding stu udies of the reproduct e tion and age and grow of group e wth pers research projects in and snappers. He has focused on the dy h d ynamics of r reef fish sp pawning agg gregations g anagement issues in B t Bermuda, B Belize, Cayman Island ds including conservation and ma and the wider Carib bbean. He also monito a ored the rec covery of B Bermuda's c coral reef fis sh stocks by diver cen b nsus for a decade follo d owing a fish pot ban in 1990. Other studies h h n have involved the fishery biology of pelagic sp d y f pecies such as wahoo and yellow tuna. He wfin e was a pa artner in an internation program to deploy satellite po n nal m op-up tags on blue ma arlin in the we estern Atlan over a five year pe ntic eriod. He has also co onducted st tudies on spiny lobster biology, the fishery bio b e ology of dee ep-water fis shes (wreck kfish, misty grouper) a and has colla aborated on the genet characte n tic erization of regionally i important fish stocks u using DNA tec chniques.

He is the author of over 60 scientific papers and is a co-author of a book published in 1999, "Fishes of Bermuda". He is a past-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (currently vice-Chair) and is a long-standing member of the International Society of Reef Studies. He has acted as a fisheries and marine resources consultant to The Nature Conservancy, CFRAMP (Caribbean Fishery Resources and Management Program) and the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council. Since retirement he has continued to provide consultant advice to the Bermuda Government on a range of fisheries issues. Brian is a founding member of SCRFA. Rick Nemeth PhD ([email protected]) Richard earned BS and MS degrees in Fisheries from Humboldt State University and University of Washington before receiving his PhD in Zoology in 1996 from the University of New Hampshire under the guidance of Dr. Peter Sale. His dissertation focused on the recruitment patterns, demographic rates and behavior of the bicolor damselfish in the Virgin Island and Jamaica. He served for a year as resident director of the Hofstra Marine Lab, in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica then began working for the University of the Virgin Islands as assistant research professor. In 1999 Dr. Nemeth was appointed founding director of UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. During his tenure as director he helped establish the Master's in Marine and Environmental Science graduate program and has expanded UVI's research infrastructure and diving program to include technical nitrox and closed circuit rebreathers for studying reef fish spawning aggregations and mesophotic reefs. With a focus on the conservation and sustainable management of fisheries and coral reefs, Dr. Nemeth helped develop the USVI's long-term coral reef monitoring program and initiated research on critical juvenile fish habitat and conservation and management of reef fish spawning aggregations. This work was instrumental in establishing the Grammanik Bank seasonal closure which protects a multispecies spawning aggregation site in the USVI. His research is currently focused in two areas: 1) spatial and temporal movements of groupers during spawning as a means of identifying biologically relevant boundaries for protecting spawning aggregation sites, and 2) the timing and movement patterns of sharks in relation to spawning aggregation sites. This work relies on acoustic telemetry and has recently expanded into several Caribbean­Pacific comparative studies of grouper spawning aggregations in Fiji and Micronesia.

Martin Russell BA R ASci (martin [email protected] @gmail.com m) Martin is the Chair/ s /CEO of the SCRFA Board of Dir e B rectors. He is ba ased in Brisbane, Aust tralia, and has been a SCRFA h Board member sinc 2000. Martin has a Degree in m ce fisheries science an manage s nd ement, and has been working for the pas 17 years with the Au st ustralian Governm ment on fish heries and marine pro otected area a manage ement, polic and fishin industry liaison. He worked cy ng e on the re evised zoni of the Great Barrie Reef Mar ing G er rine Park, an is curren working on the dev nd ntly velopment a and impleme entation of the Australi Government's Cor Sea mar t ian ral rine reserve e. Martin has extensiv experien on state federal a internat h ve nce e, and tional fisher and marine ry protecte area adv ed visory comm mittees, wor rking group and confe ps erence/wor rkshop facilitatio He has many year of resear diving e xperience i areas such as the G on. rs rch in Great Barrier Reef and Seychelles, and has ma R a anaged pro ojects on the identification, e blished and assessm ment and management of fish spa m awning agg gregations. He has pub d presente on fish spawning ag ed s ggregation manageme assess ent, sments of c coral reefs, and marine protected area management. p Yvonne Sadovy PhD (yjsado e P [email protected]) Yvonne is Director of SCRFA. She is also a Profess at . sor the Univ versity of Ho Kong's Division of Ecology & ong s f Biodiver rsity, Schoo of Biological Science where s ol es, she coordina ates course on Fish Biology and Fisheries and es B d Mariculture and sup pervises masters and doctoral s. w riously on th biology, he students She has worked var manage ement and conservatio of reef fis c on shes for ove 20 er years an has prod nd duced over 100 peer-r reviewed an nd other pu ublications, including a book on th Reef Fis he shes of Hong Ko ong, co-aut thored with Andy Corn nish (who w was also SCRFA database keeper She has a long-stan r). nding interest in reproduc ctive biology, especially the relationship betw ween matin systems and ng bility, with a particular emphasis on groupers and has worked ext o s, tensively in the vulnerab field in th tropics, including re he esearch on spawning aggregations. Yvonne is the Cha of e air the IUCN Specialis Group of Groupers and Wrasse and one of the foun N st a es nding memb bers of SCRF FA.

Sebastian Troëng PhD (s.tro g [email protected] servation.or rg) Sebastia Troëng is Vice Pres an i sident, Mar rine Conserv vation for Conservation Internatio n onal and ba ased in Wash hington D.C., USA. Seb bastian is originally fro o om Sweden and speak fluent En n ks nglish, Swed dish and Spanish as well as conversational French and h Indonesian. He holds a Bache elors degree in biology a e y, vironmental protection from Masters degree in marine env the UK and a Docto degree in animal zoology fro a oral e z om Universi of Lund, Sweden. Sebastian has worked with ity S h marine research an conserva r nd ation for the past 15 years in plac like Gre e ces eece, Fiji, Australia Indonesia Sri Lanka Costa Ri and Pan a, a, a, ica nama, and sits on the board of several conservatio organiza on ations. Befo joining C ore Conservatio International in 200 on 06, Sebastia worked for other en an f nvironmenta NGOs including We al etlands Inte ernational and most rec cently he was Scientifi Director for Caribbe Conserv w ic f ean vation Corp poration, coordina ating the lon ngest ongo oing sea turt research and conservation pr tle h rogram in th he world in Tortuguero Costa Ric He has published extensively on sea tur migratio o, ca. y rtle ons, conservation and th economic benefits of the ocea Sebastia enjoys s he an. an scuba diving to ar e rsity. observe spectacula ocean life and diver

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