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Ambassador Alumni Programme

After completing their two-year term on the EMB Young Ambassador Programme, our former Ambassadors join the Ambassador Alumni.

The EMB Young Ambassador Alumni Programme enables former Ambassadors to retain contact and engagement with EMB, as well as with current Ambassadors and other Alumni, in a more informal setting. Every year, the Alumni elect one member to serve as Alumni Representative and represent them at EMB Plenary meetings, and provide updates on their activities and progress. EMB also continues to provide visibility to the activities of the Alumni, and both EMB and the Alumni can benefit from the ongoing contact.

The Ambassador Alumni Representative for 2022 is Alessandro Cresci.


Where are they now?

EMB Young Ambassadors 2020-2022

Natalija Dunić is undertaking a postdoctoral programme at IZOR granted by the Ministry of Science and Education in Croatia, in which her main research will be the impact of different climate change scenarios on the Adriatic Sea thermohaline properties, the latter conditioning the life of marine habitants, in particular of those who have low tolerance levels for temperature and salinity changes. She has a MSc in Physics from University of Split, Croatia, and a PhD in Geophysics from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her PhD research was conducted at EMB Member the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Split (IOF), where she investigated the Adriatic Sea thermohaline circulation using several regional climate models. You can find her on Google Scholar here.

Alessandro Cresci is currently working on a postdoctoral project at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), an EMB Member Organization in Norway, focusing on the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on migratory behavior of fish, with special focus on Offshore Wind Farms (OWFs). He was also a member of the EMB working group on Underwater Noise. He has a PhD in Ocean Sciences from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) at the University of Miami, FL, USA. His PhD project investigated the most mysterious aspects of the migratory behavior of early-life stages of European eels and other species of fish. Specifically, his work focused on the role of the Earth's magnetic field and celestial cues in the orientation of fish. He grew up in the south of Italy, where he obtained his MSc in Marine Biology and his BSc in Biological Sciences from the Federico II University of Naples. You can find him on Google Scholar here.


EMB Young Ambassadors 2019-2021

Alba González Vega is working towards completing her PhD in Oceanography and Global Change (ULPGC), developing her research the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), an EMB member. She is working on a multidisciplinary study of the submarine volcano Tagoro (Canary Islands, Spain), which erupted in 2011 and still remains active in a degassing stage. Her work intends to assess the impact of the hydrothermal emissions from this shallow volcano on the physical, chemical and biological properties of the local marine environment. She is also a member of the EMB working group on Marine Geohazards. You can find her on Google Scholar here.

Liam Lachs is working towards completing his PhD on how climate change affects corals and coral reefs. Specifically he is exploring the demographics of coral populations, creating predictive models of coral bleaching in partnership with NOAA, and is testing the scaling-up potential of assisted evolution as a method of coral reef restoration. This work is a part of the ERC project CORALASSIST at Newcastle University and is funded by EMB member NERC. He is also a member of the EMB working group on Coastal Resilience. You can find him on Google Scholar here.