Aliakbar Hedayati, male, marine biologist, graduated from Khorramshahr University of Marine Science and technology. He worked for department of Fisheries and Environmental Sciences, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Iran from 2010 as assistant professor and from 2014 as associate professor. A. Hedayati is currently working as Professor in the Faculty of Fisheries and Environmental Scienes, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural resources Gorgān, Golstan, Iran. He worked as an invited research scholar at CRIAcq, University of Federico II (Italy), and Stockholm University (Sweden). He has authored more than 160 peer- reviewed journal articles. Now he has published more than 210 papers in international scientific cited journals. He participated in more than 37 international conferences as presenter and chair panel around the world and get more than 19 items of awards. He was selected as elite scientist from Iranian National Elite Foundation. In recent year he focused on the marine ecology and effects of marine pollution on ecosystems and aquatic animals. His research interest is aquatic toxicology and the effects of pollution on aquatic ecosystems and organisms.
Sinem AYDIN is graduated from Manisa Celal Bayar University Department of Biology in 2001. And then she completed her Master of Science in Manisa Celal Bayar University the Department of Biology in the Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences in 2004. She received her PhD degree from the Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology at Dokuz Eylül University in the field of Marine Living Resources in 2011. She was appointed as a Lecturer at the same university in 2012. She is working as an associated professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology since 2018. Dr. AYDIN has participated in 18 scientific research projects funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), ministries, universities and the European Union. She has completed 1 project entitled as “The use of ascidians and bryozoans as biological indicator organisms to monitor heavy metal pollution in eastern Aegean coastal waters” funded by TUBİTAK as a project leader. Her studies generally focus on heavy metals accumulation in marine sediments and organisms. Her other research interests are nutrients, marine pollution, the bioaccumulation of organotin (butyltin species) in marine biota. She is currently working on ascidians identification, systematics, taxonomy, fouling organisms, alien and invasive species in the marine environment and also she is working on different topics releated to ascidians belong to the Tunicate group.
Yong Jaw Chuen. His research interests are related to marine pollution and marine biogeochemistry of inorganic and organic compounds. His research activities are focused on nutrients, bacteria indicators, trace elements, and particular PAHs through a combination of multidisciplinary research work. The research investigations are the atmospheric dust aerosol deposition on the ocean, nutrient enrichment influences on the phytoplankton and coral reef ecosystem, water quality in the aquatic system, ocean acidification mesocosm study, PAHs in the marine environment, and the health risk to humans. The research approaches are mainly collecting samples and conduct experimental work in the open ocean, coastal waters, mangroves, and analytical work in laboratory using diverse analytical techniques and instruments. He is also committed to the education services to the undergraduate level by the Faculty of Science and Marine Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.
Esra Billur BALCIOĞLU graduated from Ondokuz Mayıs University Engineering Faculty Environmental Engineering Department in 2005. She completed her Master in Science in Environmental Engineering of Istanbul University in 2008. During her master she started to work at Istanbul University Faculty of Aquatic Sciences as a specialist. She completed her PhD in 2014 from Istanbul University Faculty of Aquatic Sciences Marine Biology Department. With her PhD study, she has become one of the several researchers who study on Turkish Straits System (TSS). Now she has been working at Institute of Marine Sciences and Management Chemical Oceanography Department of Istanbul University since 2018. She has participated in many of scientific research projects funded by universities, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), the European Union and ministries. She studied in EU Projects between 2011-2015 (PERSEUS- Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research in the Southern EUropean Seas- and COCONET- Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas-). She has just completed two different projects accepted within the scope of the mucilage call funded by TUBITAK as a researcher. She also attended some of courses such as (Sustainable Blue Growth by OGS in Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics- Trieste-Italy- 2015) and IOSC (International Oil Spill Conference- Long beach- USA- 2017) receiving scholarship. Esra has several years of experience in the field of Marine environment. Her environmental awareness interests are mainly on marine ecosystem, marine pollution –particularly petroleum hydrocarbons-, water quality, marine chemistry, chemical oceanography, organic and inorganic pollutants, their interaction with marine ecosystems and pollution at Turkish Straits System. Furthermore, she is experienced on teaching and have taught many courses in water quality, marine pollution and petroleum pollution at university. She has MSc and PhD courses as “Sources and Fate of Micropollutants in the Marine Environment” and “Litters in Marine”, respectively. Finally, her career goal is to contribute positively to chemical cycle of micro plastics in marine environment.
Noverita Dian Takarina completed her bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Biology, Gadjah Mada University in 1989. After graduation, she appointed as a lecturer for 1 year at the Department of Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, University of Muhammadiyah Surakarta (1989-1990). In 1991-2000, she became a lecturer at the Department of Biology FMIPA Diponegoro University. With funding from the Six Universities Development and Rehabilitation-Asian Development Bank (SUDR-ADB), she studied for a master’s degree in biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, from 1994 to 1996. Furthermore, from 2001-now she worked as a lecturer at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Indonesia. As an active researcher she also joined in Community Ecology and Environmental Biology Group with her focus on marine pollution, especially heavy metal pollution. Doctoral degree was attained from IPB University with a scholarship from the University of Indonesia. She also contributed as a reviewer on Blue Economy Challenge Competition held by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2016 and WGIII Second Order Draft IPCC AR6 in 2020 2021. She was appointed as Governing Board on Indonesian Environmental Scientists Association (2020-2024). Besides become a reviewer, she also publishes articles in reputable national and international journals.
Roslizawati Ab Lah is currently serving as a lecturer of the Faculty of Fisheries and Food Science at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia. She obtained her Master of Science (Fish Biology and Management) from University of Bergen, Norway in 2010 and completed her PhD in Marine Science from New South Wales, Australia in 2017. She is currently working on the assessing of human impacts in marine ecosystems, using molluscs as bioindicators. She also studies the impacts of climate change and environmental contaminants on the nutritional value of molluscs species. At the moment, she obtained a grant from the Malaysian Government and is working closely with other countries like Australia, Vietnam and Indonesia under Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research.