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Our Current Ambassadors

Find out more about our Young Ambassadors, their background and how to get in touch with them.

The European Marine Board Young Ambassador Programme, which was launched in March 2019, currently has 4 active Young Ambassadors. The first 2 Ambassadors started in April 2019, and after a positive evaluation by the EMB Board, the Young Ambassador Programme was expanded with 2 additional Young Ambassadors, who started in March 2020. The programme is now set to continue on a similar basis.

The Ambassadors are selected from an open call of applications. The EMB Young Ambassadors engage with EMB for a 2-year period, and then join the EMB Young Ambassadors Alumni.

Read all about their activities and events where you might run into them here.

 

 

 

 

EMB Young Ambassadors 2020-2022

Natalija Dunić
EMB Young Ambassador 2020-2022

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Natalija Dunić 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 (IZOR), where she investigated the Adriatic Sea thermohaline circulation using several regional climate models. Currently, she 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. You can find her on ResearchGate and LinkedIn.

 

Alessandro Cresci
EMB Young Ambassador 2020-2022

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Alessandro Cresci has a Ph.D. 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 M.Sc. in Marine Biology and his B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the Federico II University of Naples. Alessandro 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 is also a member of the EMB working group on Underwater Noise. Find him on Twitter, ResearchGate and on Fishlarvae.org.

 

EMB Young Ambassadors 2019-2021

In April 2019, Alba González Vega, a PhD student from University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and EMB member IEO, and Liam Lachs, a PhD student from Newcastle University, whose work is funded by EMB member NERC became EMB's first Ambassadors!

Alba and Liam cooperate with EMB on diverse activites for a 2-year period (from April 2019 until Spring 2021).

 Alba González Vega
 EMB Young Ambassador 2019-2021

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Alba González holds a BSc in Biotechnology from the University of Salamanca, Spain, and a MSc in Oceanography from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain. She is currently undertaking a PhD programme in Oceanography and Global Change (ULPGC), developing her research at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), an EMB member institution. 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. Find her on ResearchGate, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

 

Liam Lachs
EMB Young Ambassador 2019-2021

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Liam Lachs has focussed his research on a range of coral ecosystems with a range of scientific approaches. After investigating the oceanographic drivers supporting vibrant deep-sea coral mounds on the Irish continental margin (National University of Ireland Galway), Liam was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship to conduct his MSc in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). As part of a scientific diving research team, he designed and published a collaborative thesis based on shallow reefs in Malaysia, entitled “Effects of tourism-derived sewage on coral reefs: Isotopic assessments identify effective bioindicators”. Currently, Liam is researching 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. Find him on ResearchGateLinkedIn, and Twitter.