Independent Science Panel

The Independent Science Panel offers a wide range of expertise to provide advice to the Governance Group.

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.

Eddie Allison

Professor of Marine and Environmental Affairs in the College of Environment, University of Washington, US

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.

Derek Armitage

Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability and co-lead, Environmental Change and Governance Group,  University of Waterloo,  Canada

Derek studies the human dimensions of environmental change (local to global) and emerging forms of environmental governance. He works on projects in Southeast Asia, the Canadian North and the Caribbean, with a particular focus on aquatic systems (freshwater and coastal/marine). Outcomes of his research support governance arrangements that facilitate opportunities for learning and collaboration among resource users, government actors and researchers; tools to understand the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of individuals and communities; and resource use strategies adapted to drivers of social-ecological change.

Te Kani Kingi

Manager of Strategic Projects, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, NZ

The Kāhui identified several potential members with mātauranga Māori expertise. Top of their list was Te Kani Kingi (Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tai). He has a Bachelor and Masters in Social Sciences and a doctorate which looked into the disparity between Māori and non-Māori in mental health. Prior to Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi he spent 20 years at Massey University holding many senior academic leadership roles including as Director of the Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship.

His research and academic leadership roles have highlighted his passion for recognising the importance of the relationship between culture and health. In this regard, he has also had significant influence in advocating for the development of mātauranga Māori based models in health research and practice. He has an outstanding national and international reputation as an academic scholar, mentor, leader and advisor and holds several governance positions that utilise his mātauranga Māori and health research expertise.

Bruce Mapstone

Professor, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Marine Laboratories, Australia

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).

Ian Perry (Chair)

Senior Research Scientist Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Pacific Biological Station, 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.

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.

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