Executive Committee

The Future Earth Coasts Project relies on a large dynamic network that reflects the interdisciplinary, international, and multi-scale challenge of developing transformation pathways for the sustainable development of the world’s coastal zones.
To facilitate its network and planning and implementation activities Future Earth Coasts operates under the guidance and direction of an Executive Committee that is endorsed by Future Earth. The current membership of this committee is provided below.

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Bruce Glavovic (co-Chair)

School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, New Zealand

Bruce is the Earthquake Commission Chair in Resilience and Natural Hazards Planning. He has a multi-disciplinary education, with degrees in economics and agricultural economics, environmental science, and urban and environmental planning. Research centres on the role of governance in building resilient and sustainable communities, with a focus on coasts and the role of land-use planning, collaboration, conflict resolution with science, policy and practice in managing natural hazard risks.

Valerie Cummins (co-Chair)

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University College Cork, Ireland

Val’s research explores governance in building sustainable coastal communities. Recently, she has developed a particular interest in the opportunity to reconcile the sustainable development of marine and coastal resources with Blue Growth objectives. In doing so, she leverages her unique experience of disruptive innovation as a co-founder of Ireland’s Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC), and as co-founder of Europe’s first maritime and energy incubator.

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Donald Forbes (vice-Chair)

Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS, Canada

Don is based at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is a retired Senior Research Scientist (Emeritus) at the Geological Survey of Canada, Adjunct Prof. of Geography (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and Earth Sciences (Dalhousie University), Project Leader in the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence, and former manager of the Climate Change Geoscience Program at Natural Resources Canada. His research focuses on coastal geomorphology and the science-policy interface for climate-change adaptation, hazard mitigation and community resilience.

Sebastian Ferse (Executive Director, IPO Germany)

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Germany

Sebastian leads the IPO at the ZMT in Bremen, Germany.
His work addresses the link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in coral reefs as well as human usages of coral reef resources. Using an approach that combines assessments of both taxonomic and functional diversity in reef systems, he aims for a better understanding of the impacts of both natural and anthropogenic changes in coral reefs. In examining coastal livelihoods, institutions and mariculture techniques, he is trying to gather insights into options for sustainable resources uses and into strategies for the development, implementation and improvement of these uses.

 

Jing Chen (IPO China)

State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Jing is a professor of SKLEC, East China Normal University, China. Her research interest focuses on geomorphology of river and estuary, sediment tracing, environment evolution of deltas and coastal zones during geological time, local response to global change, human impacts on river hydrology, as well as interaction between land and sea. Technical means of analysis includes sedimentology, micropaleontology, geochemistry and mineralogy.

Xiuzhen Li (IPO China)

State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Xiuzhen is a professor of Ecology in the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. She obtained her Ph.D from Wageningen UR, the Netherlands. Her research interests include evolution, functioning and restoration of coastal wetlands. She serves as associate editor for Ocean and Coastal Management, and as editorial board member for Ecological Engineering, Wetlands Ecology and Management, and several other journals. She is also an active member of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), and International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE).

Chen Tu (IPO China)

Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yantai, China

Chen works as a scientific officer in the International Project Office (China) at Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (YICCAS) in Yantai, China. His research mainly focuses on the coastal environmental pollution and bioremediation, with a specific interest in (1) speciation, bioavailability and biogeochemical immobilization of heavy metals (Cd, Cu, As); (2) bioremediation of persistent organic pollutants (PCBs, organoarsenic, etc.) using biodegradation and phytoremediation; (3) microplastics and their associated biofilms in the coastal environment.

Yongming Luo (IPO China)

Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yantai, China

Prof. Dr. Yongming Luo is the Co-Director of the International Project Office (China) at Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (YICCAS). He is also an Executive Committee Member of Future Earth Coasts (FEC) and the Director of the East Asia Regional Engagement Partner of FEC. He is the former General Director of YICCAS and now the director of the Key Laboratory of Coastal Environmental Processes and Ecological Remediation, CAS. His research interests focus on coastal and mega-delta environmental processes under human activity and climate change, coastal biogeochemistry and remediation, as well as coastal sustainable management. He also serves among others as a Chairman of Coastal Science and Engineering Branch, Chinese Association of Ocean Engineering, a China Committee Member of North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), and the Vice Chairman and Secretariat of the China Future Ocean Alliance.

Anja Scheffers (IPO Australia)

Southern Cross University, Australia

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Heath Kelsey (IPO USA)

University of Maryland Centre for Environmental Science, USA

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Robert Weiss (IPO USA)

Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech, USA

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