Ana Hilario

Ana Hilario is a deep-sea ecologist with 15 years of research experience in different ecosystems, including hydrothermal vents, cold seeps, abyssal plains, sedimentary slopes and submarine canyons in different geographic regions (North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico, South Pacific, Southern Ocean, Arctic). Her main expertise is in reproductive ecology of deep-sea invertebrates and population connectivity in the deep-sea and its implications for biogeography, and spatial planning and management.

Steven G. Morgan

Prof. Steven Morgan is in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy of the University of California Davis and is based at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. His group conducts ecological and oceanographic research on the critical linkages in complex life cycles of crustaceans, other invertebrates and fishes that regulate populations and communities in the dynamic coastal ocean. He is an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow and past president of the Western Society of Naturalists.

Francesco Colloca

Dr. Francesco Colloca is a fisheries ecologist of the National Research Council, Institute for the Coastal Marine Environment, Mazara del Vallo - Italy. His main expertise is on the key factors that regulate the spatio-temporal dynamics of Mediterranean populations and communities of fish and crustaceans with a particular focus on the effects of fishing exploitation, climate forcing, recruitment habitats and nursery grounds.

Amir Sagi

Prof. Amir Sagi is the recipient of The Crustacean Society, 2016 Excellence in Research Award (TCSERA). Former Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and a member of the Department of Life Sciences and of the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN) at Ben-Gurion University. Sagi is the past President of the International Society for Invertebrate Reproduction and Development (ISIRD). His group conducts basic and applied research on genes and gene products related to processes of sexual differentiation and skeletal bio-mineralization in crustaceans. Sagi is the recipient of the 2013 Global Aquaculture Alliance’s inaugural Novus Global Aquaculture Innovation Award, the 2014 Landau Prize for Sciences and Art.