Independent Science Panel

The Independent Science Panel offers a wide range of expertise to provide advice to the governance Board.

All of the members are senior researchers with extensive experience, often across a range of disciplines, and all have experience in working in the marine environment.

Ingrid van Putten - Research Scientist, Oceans & Atmosphere, CSIRO, Hobart Australia

Ingrid is in the ecosystems modelling team, with a research focus on modelling social and economic behaviour and the interactions with the biophysical marine environment. She uses network analysis and Bayesian models as well as qualitative models, to reflect the complexity in the bio-physical sphere as well as in social and economic systems.  She uses these models to better understand coupled social-ecological systems.  Ingrid is currently an active member of the international Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research Programme, researching the impacts of global change on marine systems.

Eddie Allison - Prof. of Marine and Environmental Affairs in the College of Environment, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Eddie’s research centres on the human connection to natural resources. His research interests are broad, and include climate change and ocean acidification, coastal zone and ecosystem and resource management, policy and process analysis, and sustainability science.

His primary areas of focus are 1) the contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to food and nutrition security and coastal livelihoods, 2) governance of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture production and the human rights of fisherfolk, and 3) the vulnerability and adaptation to climate change of people dependent on marine and freshwater resources. He has held faculty appointments at the University of East Anglia, and was the director of Policy, Economics, and Social Science at the WorldFish Centre in Malaysia.

Ian Perry - Senior Research Scientist Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, Canada

Ian’s research expertise includes environmental influences on the distributions and recruitment of marine organisms; the structure and function of marine ecosystems; developing ecosystem-based approaches to marine resources management; the human dimensions of marine ecosystem changes; and scientific leadership of international and inter-governmental programmes on marine ecosystems and global change.

He currently heads the Ecosystem Approaches Program at the Pacific Biological Station, and is one of two co-leads for the DFO Strait of Georgia Ecosystem Research Initiative. He was Chair of the recently completed international Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) programme, designed to understand how global change will affect the abundance, diversity and productivity of marine populations.

Ian is also a past Chief Scientist and Chair of the Science Board for the North Pacific Marine Science Organisation (PICES). He is an Adjunct Professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, and has taught courses on fisheries oceanography at universities in Canada, Chile, and Portugal.

Bruce Mapstone - Prof., Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO Marine Laboratories

Bruce has significant management experience and knowledge of climate and marine science (former Chief CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Chief Executive of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Chief Executive for the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research). 

Linda Tuhiwai Smith - Pro-Vice Chancellor Maori, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand

Linda has expertise in Māori and indigenous people's education; Māori development; kaupapa Māori research, research methodologies; research and indigenous peoples; international research; health and education; tertiary education systems and leadership; operational strategy; and iwi relationships.

She is known internationally for her work on research methodology and Māori and indigenous education. Her book ‘Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples’ is highly regarded as a research text in indigenous and other research and educational institutes overseas.

Linda has served on a number of national advisory committees including the Tertiary Education Advisory Committee (TEAC) and the Māori Tertiary Reference Group for the Ministry of Education. She is also on the Council for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She has previously been Joint Director of Ngā Pae o Te Maramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence and a Professor of Education at the University of Auckland.

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