Dr. James McKenna is an Ecologist with the US Geological Survey/Great Lakes Science Center, Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science in Cortland, NY. He has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. He came to Central New York after studying fish community and fisheries issues in the Antarctic and Florida. He has conducted research on Great Lakes ecosystems, including Great Lakes tributaries, and the St. Lawrence River for the past 21 years. He is a Principal Investigator for the Great Lakes Regional Aquatic Gap Analysis Project, and recent work includes extensive examination and modeling of the fish and benthic invertebrate assemblages, habitat, and species distributions throughout the Great Lakes and their watersheds. His work is advancing our ability to map and analyze aquatic ecosystems at the national and global scales.
Dr. Hughes received his Ph.D. in Fisheries from Oregon State University and his M.Sc. in Resource Planning & Conservation and A.B. in Psychology & Biology from the University of Michigan. For 32 years, he worked as a senior research scientist, contracting work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that focused on regional and national aquatic ecosystem studies and assessments. Bob currently works part-time for Amnis Opes Institute, focusing on biological assessments of streams, lakes, and rivers across large geographic extents in the United States, Europe, Brazil, and China. Hughes is a Past-President of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), President of the AFS International Fisheries Section, and an AFS Fellow. He has authored or coauthored 185 peer reviewed publications and given 65 invited international presentations on 5 continents.
Dr. Angus Webb is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He originally trained as a marine ecologist before moving into the study and restoration of large-scale environmental problems in freshwater systems. He is heavily involved in the monitoring and evaluation of ecological outcomes from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan environmental watering, leading the program for the Goulburn River, Victoria, and advising on data analysis at the basin scale. Angus has over 100 publications, including 46 papers in international journals, and is currently a co-editing a major new text book on environmental flows science and management. He was awarded the 2013 prize for Building Knowledge in Waterway Management by the River Basin Management Society, the 2012 Australian Society for Limnology Early Career Achievement Award.
Dr. Craig Paukert is the Unit Leader of the United StatesGeological Survey, Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and a Cooperative Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. He has published over 95 peer-reviewed manuscripts on topics such as how fisheries managers can develop strategies to adapt their management in a changing climate, ecology and management of riverine fishes, and conservation planning at large spatial scales.He has B.S. from the University of Minnesota, M.S. from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. from South Dakota State University, and has been a research fish biologist with the United States Geological Surveysince 2002 in Arizona, Kansas, and Missouri.
Director of Hull International Fisheries Institute (HIFI), Hull University
Ian Cowx is Professor of Applied Fisheries Science and Director of Hull International Fisheries Institute at the University of Hull, UK. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. His field of expertise covers a range of topics, including inland fisheries management, rehabilitation of inland fisheries, impact of dams on fisheries and management of alien invasive species within the overarching theme of climate change. He has been heavily involved in international fisheries development for many years and has been PI on major EU and World Bank projects to develop fisheries management plans for Lake Victoria, Zambezi floodplain fisheries and Botswana dams. He now spends considerable time in the Mekong region trying to reconcile the impact of large scale dam development on fisheries and is actively involved in the EU H2020 project CERES (Climate change and European aquatic RESources)and FIThydro (Fish friendly Innovative Technologies for hydropower).
Ian is strongly involved with knowledge transfer to stakeholders through workshops and has edited 14 books and published over 200 peer review articles.