International Project Office

The International Project Office (IPO) serves as the secretariat for Future Earth Coasts (FEC) and administers the project on a day-to-day basis. The IPO is responsible for assisting the Executive Committee (ExCom) in all aspects of its work and liaising with key stakeholders at regional, national and local levels. The office collates and communicates information related to national and international FEC research, as well as serving as a channel of communication on coastal aspects of global environmental change.

The IPO operates a distributed structure to ensure broader geographical representation and global diversity in the running of Future Earth Coasts. The central IPO office is located at ZMT, Germany with additional branches located in the USA, Australia and China. We also have Regional Engagement Partners (REP) located in the United States (Loiusiana); Latin and South America (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago), Canada (Newfoundland and covering the Arctic region), Europe (Algarve, Portugal), West Africa (Lagos, Nigeria), East Asia (Yantai, China), South East Asia (Taiwan).

Who's who in the IPO

Sebastian Ferse

International Project Office Germany

Sebastian leads the IPO at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (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.

Hannah Jansen

International Project Office Germany

Hannah works as a project coordinator in the International Project Office lead hub at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany. She has a background of international management and sustainability management and worked as a consultant and project manager in the local climate protection agency. In the IPO at ZMT she is responsible for outreach, community management, content management and administration.

Jing Chen

International Project Office 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

International Project Office 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

International Project Office 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

International Project Office 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.

Robert Weiss

International Project Office USA

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Aaron Akers

International Project Office USA

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Heath Kelsey

International Project Office USA

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Kiri Carini

International Project Office USA

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Anja Scheffers

International Project Office Australia

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Andrew Rose

International Project Office Australia

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Our host institution:

Future Earth Coasts’ head office is hosted by the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany.

In research and education the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen is dedicated to the better understanding of tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, sea grasses, coral reefs, estuaries and upwelling systems. As an interdisciplinary Leibniz institute the ZMT conducts research on the structure and functioning of tropical coastal ecosystems and their reaction to natural changes and human interactions. It aims to provide a scientific basis for the protection and sustainable use of these ecosystems. The ZMT works in close cooperation with partners in the tropics, where it supports capacity building and the development of infrastructures in the area of sustainable coastal zone management. The ZMT is a member of the Leibniz Association.