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Invited speakers

Confirmed invited speakers and presumptive titles by March 2011:

Special lectures

  • The Role of the International Conferences On Lobster Biology and Management
    Steven Montgomery
    Dr. Steven Montgomery, Australia. Dr Steven Montgomery is a Principal Research Scientist at the New South Wales, Department of Primary Industries, Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre Of Excellence. He is leader of the Biology Unit there and has published widely on the biology and population dynamics of marine fish and macro-invertebrates. His main research interest is the biology and ecology of marine crustacea, specialising in the fisheries for decapods and has over 20 years experience being associated with studies on the biology and population dynamics of spiny lobsters. His research was the catalyst for the NSW government in Australia introducing a suite of management measures to improve the sustainability of the eastern rock lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi.
  • Knut E. Jørstad, Norway
  • Lobster Fisheries Management
    Nici Gibbs
    Ms. Nici Gibbs, New Zealand. Nici is the Policy Manager at the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council (SeaFIC), a seafood industry-owned company which provides policy, management and science services for the fishing and aquaculture industries. The services that SeaFIC provides help facilitate and support management initiatives undertaken by collectives of commercial fisheries rights holders, including rock lobster fisheries. Nici has a Masters degree in Resource Management and 25 years of policy experience, spanning central government, local government and industry sectors.

Theme 1: Management, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Seminar: Lobster-crab aquaculture seminar

Aquaculture and Environmental Issues

Andrew Jeffs
  Dr. Andrew Jeffs, New Zealand. Andrew Jeffs is an Associate Professor at the Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has published extensively across a broad range of research fields including aquaculture, physiology and biochemistry, and underwater acoustics. His major research interest is the biology and aquaculture of marine invertebrates, especially spiny lobsters. His professional career has included a senior coastal conservation manager for government, a general manager of aquaculture and marine biotechnology for a national research institute, and a science and environment journalist for a major daily newspaper in New Zealand.

  • Lobster Research and Management in SE Asia
    M. Vijayakumaran
    Dr. M.Vijayakumaran, India. Dr. M. Vijayakumaran is currently working as a Resource Person, Marine Biotechnology, National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai, India. A post graduate in Zoology, he received his Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala, India in 1990. He was Principal Scientist at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, India working on lobster fishery, biology, aquaculture and management till 2002. In 2002 he joined the present organization as Coordinator of their lobster project on larval biology and aquaculture and introduced sea cage culture of spiny lobsters in India.
  • Responses of the spiny lobster Palinurus elephas to 20 years of protection in a temperate marine reserve
    Raquel Goñi
    Dr. Raquel Goñi, Spain, is senior researcher at the Centro Oceanográfico de Baleares of the Spanish Oceanographic Institute. She is principal scientist of the Marine Reserves and Littoral Ecology Group and specializes on spiny lobster biology, ecology, fisheries and the effects of protection in marine protected areas. With her research group, R. Goñi has been studying the responses of exploited species and communities to the cessation of fishing for the last fourteen years. The most important and long-lasting project has assessed the evolution of the spiny lobster Palinurus elephas in the Columbretes Islands Marine Reserve (Western Mediterranean), yielding unique, long-term information on the responses of spiny lobster to protection.

Theme 2: Ecology

  •  Lobsters as Part of Marine Ecosystems
    Prof. Bruce Phillips, Australia.
    Professor Bruce Phillips is an Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow in the Department of Environment and Agriculture, at Curtin University in Western Australia. He is the Editor of three books on rock (spiny) lobster biology, fisheries, management and aquaculture, including the contribution of many of the chapters in these volumes. In 2008 he jointly Edited and contributed to a textbook on Ecolabelling in Fisheries. A new book, Edited by Dr Ravi Fotedar and Bruce Phillips, on “New Species and New Technologies in Aquaculture” will appear in 2011.

Subtheme: Behavioral Ecology (including climate change, trophical interactions in various life phases, invasive species, impact of disease etc. etc.)

  • Behavioral-ecological Anti-predatory Adaptations in Lobsters in Various Life History Stages in Comparison With Other Decapods
    Ehud Spanier
    Prof. Ehud Spanier, Israel. Prof. Spanier is a full professor at The Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies & Department of Maritime Civilizations, The Leon H. Charney School for Marine Sciences, Faculty of Natural Science, University of Haifa, Israel. For many years he was the head of the institute and the department. He obtained his B.Sc. in Biology and M.Sc. in Zoology from Tel-Aviv University and his Ph.D. in Oceanography and Marine Biology from the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, USA. He is a member of many international and national scientific societies, including the Zoological Society of Israel, the Israeli Society for the Study of the Sea and the Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Quality Sciences, where he served as president for several years. He is currently serving on several national and international scientific and academic committees. Prof. Spanier, together with his many graduate students and scientific colleagues, has been studying ecology, behavior and behavioral ecology of marine fish and invertebrates, especially lobsters, with emphasis on slipper lobsters (but also spiny and clawed lobsters), ecology of artificial reefs, biogeography of marine organisms and biology of marine mammals. He is also the Israeli expert on dangerous marine animals. He has published over 100 scientific publications and 4 books. 
  • Dr. Kari L. Lavalli
    Dr. Kari L. Lavalli, USA. Dr. Lavelli is an Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences at the College of General Studies at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts USA. She received her B.A. in Bio-Mathematics from Wells College at Aurora, New York in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Biology from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1992. Her work has focused on a diverse array of topics concerning the biology of lobsters, from how young-of-the-year clawed lobsters make their living while subject to high predation levels, to how different taxa of lobsters cope with predatory tactics and use antipredation measures to survive, to how morphology affects the feeding and swimming capabilities of lobsters of various ontogenetic stages and various taxa.

Theme 3: Neurobiology and Behaviour

Subtheme: Neurobiology, Sensory Biology, and Behaviour

  • Understanding how crustacean nervous systems develop and function: a possible impact of basic neurobiological research onto management related issues?"
    Steffen Harzsch
    Prof. Steffen Harszch, Germany. Prof. Harszch is full professor for Cytology and Evolutionary Biology at the Zoological Institute and Museum of the University Greifswald /Germany. His research interest center around: Structure, development, evolution of the crustacean brain, nerve cord and sensory systems, Persistent proliferation of neuronal stem cells in the brain of ADULT crustaceans, Transition from sea to land: adaptations of the central olfactory pathway in land hermit crabs, Crustacean metamorphosis: development of the sensory, central nervous, and muscle system in relation to behavioural changes during metamorphic larval development., “Neurophylogeny”: exploring structure, development and evolution of the central, peripheral and neuromuscular nervous system of Arthropoda to reconstruct the phylogeny of these taxa.

    This theme will include a workshop, led by led by Dr. Thomas Breithaupt, UK

Theme 4: Disease - including a workshop (led by Dr. Donald C. Behringer, USA)

  • Modeling the Effects of Behavior and Habitat Structure on Disease Dynamics in Caribbean Spiny Lobster.
    Mark Butler
    Mark Butler, USA. Prof. Butler is professor and Eminent Scholar in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia (USA). Professor Butler obtained a Ph.D. in 1988 from Florida State University, a M.S. in Zoology in 1983 from Ohio State University, and a B.A. in Biology in 1980 from Wittenberg University. For a quarter century, Professor Butler, along with his colleagues and students, have studied both the basic and applied ecology of spiny lobsters, mostly in the tropical Caribbean. He has published over 100 papers and book chapters on spiny lobster early life history, recruitment limitation, mating dynamics, and disease. In 2000, he hosted the 6th International Lobster Conference in Key West, Florida.
  • Lobster Diseases: Emerging pathogens, chronic diseases, and their effects on lobster ecology and fisheries
    Donald C. Behringer
    Dr. Donald C. Behringer Assistant Professor University of Florida, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences & Emerging Pathogens Institute. Dr. Behringer is an Assistant Professor of Marine Ecology and Diseases at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida USA. He received his B.S. in Zoology at UF in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Ecological Sciences from Old Dominion University in 2003. The emergence and impact of diseases in marine populations is increasingly recognized as an issue of major environmental concern and his research uses the lethal virus PaV1, discovered infecting the Caribbean spiny lobster, as a model system. PaV1 (Panulirus argus Virus 1) is a pathogenic virus that infects spiny lobsters throughout the Caribbean Sea. PaV1 is the first naturally occurring viral pathogen described for any species of lobster and it has remarkable effects on lobster ecology.
  • Lobster ecology and behavior; disease, fisheries science and technology, extension and collaborative research.
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img:12:left:size=preview@ Dr. Kathleen Castro,USA.  Dr. Castro is Research Associate, URI Fisheries Center, Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Dr. Castro received her BA in Biology at the University of California, San Diego in 1978, MS at the University of Rhode Island in 1988 in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Pathology, and her PhD in 2003 in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. She described the emergence of the epizootic shell disease episode affecting American lobster and has been the driving force behind obtaining funding and organizing research initiatives for evaluating the cause and consequence of this disease on the lobster population and the commercial fishery. She is actively involved in collaborative research projects with the fishing industry.

Seminar: Lobster-Crab Aquaculture Session
  • Lobster and crab aquaculture: parallel innovations and shared discoveries for future development.
    Jason Goldstein
    Jason Goldstein, USA. Goldsteins work combines both field and laboratory strategies that serve to answer questions about the physiological tolerances, developmental biology, and movements, of large mobile crustaceans, particularly lobsters. He has been focusing much of his work on the early-life histories of both temperate and tropical lobsters for which large research gaps exist such as the nature of embryo development and larval culture. Because lobsters comprise such significant fisheries that drive the economies of many coastal nations, he's also interested in the applied aspects of lobster research that include stock enhancement, benthic community structure, and aquaculture development. 

Structure and participation

  • The invited keynote speakers will give introductions to important and/or new and important topics within the main Themes and selected sub-themes. A keynote speaker will have 30 minutes for his/her presentation.
  • Oral presentations are maximum 15/20 minutes each. (incl. Q/A)
  • Posters will preferably be displayed throughout the meeting, If limited space, the posters willl be displayed in sessions.
  • The official language of the symposium will be English.