FEC Fellows

In order to continuously broaden our network, we welcome scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders from all career levels who seek to link their own research and/or activities with Future Earth Coasts.

Our FEC Fellows are a dynamic and active network, where research and other collaborations can be pursued and ideas debated. Any interested researcher, practitioner and other stakeholder engaged in relevant FEC activities can apply to become a fellow.

We expect FEC Fellows to actively contribute to advancing FEC’s agenda and objectives, by leading relevant activities, generating visibility for FEC and broadening our community, and lending their skills and expertise to FEC as needed.

FEC Fellows have a responsibility to promote FEC, e.g. by using FEC as an affiliation in publications or any communication about their project. FEC Fellows are initially appointed for a term of 3 years. After a brief review, an additional 2 years extension is possible.

By becoming a member of the Fellows network you benefit by:

  • Accessing potential opportunities for mentorship from the FEC Academy.
  • Having official affiliation with a global research network.
  • Leveraging access to a global network of experts, potential collaborators and peers.
  • Utilizing opportunities for feedback on (research) outputs.
  • Priority access to information on FEC activities and opportunities, including recruitment opportunities.
  • Discounts on publication fees in the official journal of FEC, Anthropocene Coasts.

If you are interested in becoming a FEC Fellow: please fill out this application form

By submitting this application you are agreeing to include affiliation to FEC as appropriate and/or acknowledge FEC in publications and/or communication about your activities. When acknowledging FEC in your publications/communication please use the following phrase: “This work contributes to Future Earth Coasts, a Global Research Project of Future Earth”. We suggest you consider the official journal of Future Earth Coasts, Anthropocene Coasts, for publication of scientific results. Discounts on publications are available for FEC affiliates; please contact the IPO for details. Should you wish to use the FEC logo in publications, communication or presentations, please contact us at info@futureearthcoasts.org. FEC Fellows may be asked to provide short summaries and/or picture material for documentation purposes and for non-exclusive use in publications (print, online and/or presentations) by FEC. By submitting you are also agreeing to FEC values. For reference find more on them on our website and in our governance provisions. By submitting you are also agreeing to be included in FEC’s mailing list and receive our newsletters.

Find out more about our themes on our website: www.futureearthcoasts.org/about-us/our-themes

Please upload a letter of reference (at least one, you can provide more if you want) from a (former) supervisor or senior colleague, attesting your interest and experience in coastal research and/or projects/initiatives, and potential to contribute to Future Earth Coasts. A one-page reference letter, which must include the position and affiliation of the person providing the reference, is acceptable.


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Below you find our current FEC Fellows.

Mohammed Mofizur Rahman

Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) – Köln University of Applied Sciences | Köln, Germany

Mohammed Mofizur Rahman is a trans-disciplinary Environmental Scientist from Bangladesh, working on human dimension of environmental change especially in the low lying coastal river deltas. He is familiar with climate change and natural resources related issues in coastal areas in Bangladesh and beyond. He combines an ethnographic approach with computational models to understand the present and predict the future of the Bengal Delta.

Dr Rónadh Cox

Williams College, Geosciences Department | Williamstown, USA

Rónadh Cox is a field geologist with primary research interests in the creation and transport of megagravel by waves, and the sedimentology and geomorphology of supratidal coastal boulder deposits. The work that she does with her students and collaborators contributes to understanding the power of storm waves at coasts; it helps quantify the upper limits of storm-wave amplification, and relates sea states to coastal inundation and work done by waves, well above the high-tide level.

Dr Nazmul Huq

Institute for Technology and Resource Management in the Tropics and Sub-tropics (ITT), Cologne University of Applied Sciences | Germany

Nazmul Huq is a researcher working on the interface of climate change impacts on ecosystem services and livelihood sustainability of coastal populations, currently working at the ITT, Cologne University of Applied Sciences. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Trier in Germany on Ecosystem Services and Coastal Livelihood process in 2020. He completed his Advanced Masters in Human Ecology from the Free University Brussels, Belgium, and Bachelor on Urban and Rural Planning from Khulna University, Bangladesh.

Dr Sarah Kandrot

Green Rebel | Ireland

Sarah Kandrot is a geoscientist specialising the application of geoinformatics tools and technologies to coastal, marine, and environmental projects. She holds a PhD in Geography from University College Cork, where she previously worked as a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher. She is currently Head of Aerial Surveys at Green Rebel, an Irish company specialising in site investigations for offshore renewable energy (ORE) projects. Sarah oversees Green Rebel’s aerial survey division, which performs digital aerial marine ecology surveys and analyses to support consent applications for ORE projects.

Rifki Furqan

Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT) | Bremen, Germany

Rifki is a certified and experienced program manager who coordinated some projects in the development field. He has been working with community and its multi-level governance systems for years, mostly in Indonesian remote coastal area, including small islands. He holds an advanced degree both on social and environmental fields from two different universities in Europe and is currently working on his doctoral research about marine stewardship in rights-based fishery management context at the ZMT in Bremen.

Dr Leslie Mabon

Scottish Association for Marine Science | UK

Dr Leslie Mabon is Senior Lecturer at the Scottish Association for Marine Science. He focuses on the governance of environmental issues in the marine and coastal environment, in situations where what is technically appropriate has to be balanced with what is societally acceptable. Within this, Leslie focuses on two main issues: (a) climate change adaptation and resilience to environmental change for coastal towns and cities; and (b) risk governance for new and/or contentious infrastructure in the seas and coasts. Leslie’s research has been funded by British Academy and ESRC among others.

Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr

University of the Sunshine Coast | Australia

Carmen is a human geographer with over 15 years experience working in the academic and private sectors. She currently holds two research fellow positions relating to coastal governance (University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD) and coastal and marine resource management (University of Western Australia, WA). Carmen has worked for international development agencies (e.g. AusAID, USAid) and national and municipal governments in the Pacific, South-east Asia, Australia and Europe on coastal climate change issues. She is the state rep for Western Australian branch of the Australian Coastal Society.

Mr Kyle Fawkes

Freelance Researcher | Canada

Kyle Fawkes is a marine affairs researcher from Vancouver Island, BC. He holds an interdisciplinary Bachelors of Arts and Science from Quest University Canada as well as a MSc. in Coastal and Marine Management from University College Cork, Ireland. Kyle has a passion for investigating inclusive mechanisms of ocean governance and has experience researching the United Nations Regular Process and Global Environmental Assessments. He has worked as a research assistant in Malawi, Ireland, and Canada on topics related to food security, coastal management, and sustainable development.

Mr Chad Sullivan

Oregon State University | USA

Chad is a bio-mimetic and living shorelines design artist and writes genetic digital fabrication algorithms for 3d printed coastal infrastructure. He is currently writing a Genetic Fabrication Algorithm for 3d printing Acropora Palmatta. The 3d printed Acroporas will be used to assist out-planting restoration projects by providing a substrate surface for young corals, and providing shelter for beneficial reef species.

Mr Isa Elegbede

Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus-Senftenberg | Germany

Isa Elegbede is a PhD Candidate at Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU). He has a wealth of interdisciplinary background and various overseas experiences in the areas of sustainability and environmental sciences, climate change impact on ecological resources, renewable energies, etc. His work is based on marine and coastal resources with a particular interest in examining social and ecological dimensions to coastal resources. 

Ms Lena Rölfer

Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht | Germany

Lena Rölfer is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University and at the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS). In her PhD, she focuses on the contributions of governance, local actors and information services to the resilience of coastal systems to climate change. She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and a M.Sc. in Aquatic Tropical Ecology. Lena has a strong interest in the role and opportunities of early career researchers within transdisciplinary coastal research and at the science-policy-practice interface.

Dr Dhritiraj Sengupta

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

Originally from India, Dhritiraj Sengupta is a physical geographer and a geospatial analyst. His doctoral study focused on mapping spatial trends and patterns of coastal land reclamation in Asia, with an added focus on the Chinese coast. Taking this forward, Dhriti has been awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the State Key Laboratory for Estuarine and Coastal Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai. His research will focus mainly on mapping biodiversity loss and environmental impact from land-use over reclaimed land at the coast; particularly for aquaculture ponds.

Mrs Viola van Onselen

Department of Geography at National Taiwan Normal University | Taiwan

Viola van Onselen is a PhD candidate at department of Geography at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei. She is interested in various management approaches to coastal zone issues around the world and currently studies coastal areas in Vietnam and Taiwan, in terms of how human decisions have affected the natural landscape, biodiversity and vulnerability of these coastal environments and explore how sustainable approaches, like Nature-based Solutions, can increase the resilience of coastal zones.

Mr Yingjie Li

Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University | USA

Yingjie Li is an interdisciplinary human-environment scientist. He has a broad research interest in SDGs, telecoupled socio-environmental systems (e.g., land-ocean continuum), and remote sensing. His recent research focuses on investigating the interactions between large river basins with the coasts. One of the ongoing projects works on integrating remote sensing, long-term coastal water quality data, and a machine learning approach to monitoring global coastal dead zones (aka hypoxia). The final goal is to develop advanced tools to address challenges in achieving land and ocean-related SDGs.

Dr Ma Laurice Jamero

Manila Observatory | Philippines

Ma. Laurice Jamero leads the Resilience Collaboratory at the Manila Observatory, where she works closely with local governments across the Philippines to support their climate and disaster risk management efforts. She is a contributing author of the recently released Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and a working group member of the Southeast Asia Science Advisory Network. Lau graduated with a doctoral degree in Sustainability Science from the University of Tokyo.