Regional Engagement Partners

Our Regional Engagement partners act as ‘local’ offices along side the central IPO (located in Germany) to coordinate and promote coastal global change research at the regional and local level as well as to facilitate links and exchanges between international, national and local science policy. We have REP’s located in the United States (Louisiana); South America (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago), Canada (Newfoundland and covering the Arctic region), Europe (Algave, Portugal), East Asia (China), South East Asia (Taiwan). These globally distributed Regional Engagement Partners help ensure broader geographical representation and global diversity in the running of Future Earth Coasts.

Who’s who in REPs


Carlos Eduardo de Rezende

South America Regional Engagement Partner

Carlos leads the South America REP and is professor and head of the Environmental Sciences Laboratory at the Biosciences and Biotechnology Center of the North Fluminense State University (UENF). His professional expertise includes studies on the dynamics of organic matter, using molecular and isotopic markers, and trace elements in continental aquatic environments (e.g. rivers, lakes), terrestrial and coastal ecosystems (e.g. estuaries, mangroves and lagoons) and ocean.

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Marcos Antonio Pedlowski

South America Regional Engagement Partner

Marcos is Vice-coordinator of the South America REP and is an Associate Professor at Studies on Anthropogenic Space Laboratory at the North Fluminense State University (UENF). His expertise includes studies on the impacts of land use on the land cover in the Brazilian amazon, the impacts of the creation of agrarian reform settlements on the productive dynamics, on the social and environmental impacts associated to large port projects.

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Chris D’Elia

North America Regional Engagement Partner

Chris leads the North America REP and is Professor and Dean of the College of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University. His expertise covers the nutrient dynamics of estuaries and coral reefs, science policy and energy & environment. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served on numerous advisory panels to the National Science Foundation and other federal, state and private funding agencies.

Alice Newton

Alice Newton

Europe Regional Engagement Partner

Alice leads the Europe REP based at the University of the Algarve, Portugal. Her expertise centres on the management of coastal socio-ecological systems and focusses on sustainable management of coastal systems and the management of vulnerability in the context of global change. She has served on numerous national and international committees, including as Chair of LOICZ, and has forged strong links with a range of industry and stakeholder organizations, ranging from the aquaculture sector to maritime transport.

Yongming Luo

Yongming Luo

East Asia Regional Engagement Partner

Yongming leads the East Asia REP and is the executive deputy director of the Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (YIC-CAS). His research interests focus on coastal pollution and remediation and coastal biogeochemistry and environmental management, including “blue carbon”, nutrients and coastal soil/sediments. He also serves among others as a China Committee member of North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), the vice chairman and secretariat of the China Future Ocean Alliance.

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Michelle Mycoo

Caribbean Regional Engagement Partner

Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Geomatics Engineering & Land Management at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. Michelle holds a BA in Geography and Social Sciences from the UWI, MSc in Urban Planning from the University of Hong Kong, and a PhD from McGill University, Canada. Her research focuses on environmental degradation caused by unsustainable practices and the challenges of climate change facing tropical SIDS for policy formulation and coastal zone management.

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Jiun-Chuan Lin

South-East Asia Regional Engagement Partner

Jiun-Chuan Lin is Professor of Geomorphology at National Taiwan University, TAIWAN. He obtained his PhD degree in Geomorphology from Kings College London in 1991. His research focuses on geomorphology, tectonic movement and natural hazards, and promotes landscape conservation and monitoring environmental changes of the tectonically fragile Taiwan. He has been currently serving on a national research team for setting up a national adaption policy against sea level change.

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Donald Forbes (former vice-Chair of Future Earth Coasts)

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.