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Secretariat

The EMB Secretariat supports the day-to-day operations of the European Marine Board, advance EMB objectives and promote the Board’s activities and outputs. The five full-time staff members are based on the coast, in the Belgian city of Ostend (contact). The team is strengthened periodically by interns and also accepts ad hoc applications.

   Sheila Heymans
   Executive Director

   Phone: +32 (0) 59 34 01 53
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Sheila Heymans (PhD 1997) has a background in Zoology, marine ecosystem modelling and the environmental impacts of fisheries and ecosystem change. She joined the European Marine Board from the Scottish Association for Marine Science where she was the Head of the Science Department (2007-2017). She became Professor in Ecosystem Modelling at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in 2017. She obtained her degrees from the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela University) in South Africa working on food-web models of South African estuaries and the Northern Benguela ecosystem, before moving to the USA (University of Maryland) to complete a Post-Doctoral study at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (1999-2000) on the changes in the Everglades. She then moved to the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia where she was a research fellow (2000-2006) working on the Newfoundland fisheries and the decline of Steller sea lions before moving to Scotland. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in the UK and has a publication record spanning the past 3 decades. Find Sheila on Google Scholar, Research Gate, Linkedin and Twitter: @sheilaheymans

 

Kate LarkinKate Larkin
Senior Science Officer

Phone: +32 (0) 59 34 01 56
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Kate Larkin (PhD 2006) has a multidisciplinary background, gaining a degree in Natural Sciences (University of Birmingham, UK) before training as a marine biogeochemist at the University of Southampton, UK. She continued her scientific research at the National Oceanography Centre, UK with research interests including benthic carbon cycling and ocean time-series. She later held project management roles for National and European ocean observation projects. As Deputy Head of the EMB Secretariat, Kate provides management support to the Executive Director on all aspects of the EMB work programme in addition to scientific activities. Find Kate on Research Gate , LinkedIn  and Twitter: @larkin_kate.

 

 Joke Coopman
Executive and Finance Officer

Phone: +32 (0) 59 34 01 63
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Joke Coopman joined the European Marine Board in January 2017. She holds a Masters in Economic Sciences from Ghent University and an Advanced Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Antwerp. She has worked several years as a policy advisor on energy security and implementation of EU energy directives for the Belgian Energy Administration. Before joining EMB, she worked as a financial analyst for a major energy utility company. As Executive and Finance Officer Joke coordinates a number of core Secretariat activities and day-to-day Secretariat operations.

 

Paula Kellett
Science Officer

Phone: +32 (0) 59 34 01 54
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Paula Kellett (PhD 2014) joined the European Marine Board in 2016. She originally gained an MEng degree in Naval Architecture and Small Craft Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Her PhD research, also carried out at University of Strathclyde, focused on the underwater noise emitted by ships, its impact on marine life and potential means of control. As a Research Associate, she was also involved in a multi-disciplinary collaborative project between marine science and engineering related to underwater noise, as well as research into marine biofouling, energy efficiency and ship maneuvering. Find Paula on Research Gate  and LinkedIn.

 

Ángel E. Muñiz Piniella
Science Officer

Phone: +32 (0)59 34 01 70
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Ángel E. Muñiz Piniella obtained his marine science degree from the University of Vigo, Spain with specialization on biogeochemistry and marine pollution. He has, in addition, a Masters in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management with specialization on environmental impacts and remediation from the Free University of Brussels, University of Ghent and University of Antwerp in Belgium. After conducting an internship at EMB in 2012, he has held positions at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), as member of the secretariats of the Joint Programing Initiatives on Oceans (JPI Oceans) and Climate Knowledge (JPI Climate). Find Ángel on Research Gate and LinkedIn.

 

Cláudia Viegas
Junior Science Officer (Intern)


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Cláudia Viegas is doing an internship at European Marine Board, related to the European research vessels fleet working group.  She is a PhD student at University of the Azores, in Oceanography and Sea Sciences, where she is developing a biogeochemical and hydrodynamic model for the Azores Economic Exclusive Zone. Her research work, in IMAR (Azores) is also related with deep-sea ocean observatories, where she was involved in FixO3 project (Fixed-point Open Ocean Observatories), and currently in EMSO-PT. Previously she has worked in MARETEC, a research group of University of Lisbon where she was involved in several European projects (ARCOPOL, ISDAMP, LENVIS) about monitoring, modelling and forecast the fate of sea pollution, and sea water quality, mainly in coastal areas.

 

Christine Rundt
Junior Science Officer (Intern)


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Christine Rundt is doing an internship at the European Marine Board, related to marine science communication and marine/maritime stakeholder consultation and dialogue. She is a Master student at the Free University of Brussels, University of Gent and University of Antwerp in Belgium, in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management. She obtained her degree in biology at the University of Bremen, Germany with a specialization in Marine Biology. For her thesis, which she conducted in cooperation with the University of Trondheim, Norway, she was involved with the EU project Ocean Certain on the microbial food web and micro-zooplankton grazing. Previously she has worked for the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany on the nitrogen cycle in the South Indian Ocean. Find Christine on LinkedIn