Invited Speakers

Dr. Carlos M. Duarte, Professor of Marine Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Dr. Carlos M. Duarte, Professor of Marine Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Carlos Duarte is a Professor of Marine Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and serves as the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology. He has worked in diverse ecosystems—from the tropics to the poles, from macrophytes to microbes, and from coastal systems to open ocean gyres—using a variety of approaches. His publications encompass many aspects of seagrass ecology, including population biology, genetics, depth and geographical distribution patterns, biogeochemical cycles, conservation strategies, and sensitivity towards climate change.


Dr. Robert "JJ" Orth, Professor at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Dr. Robert "JJ" Orth, Professor at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Robert “JJ” Orth is a Professor at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science. His research focuses on the biology and ecology of seagrasses, principally in the Chesapeake Bay. His current emphasis is on habitat restoration and conservation and understanding the principles and processes governing the dynamics of these plant communities. His research has a strong advisory component, and monitoring data from his research program are regularly used by federal and state management agencies as one of the measurable products in assessing the success of efforts to clean up the waters of Chesapeake Bay.


Holly Binns, Project Director, Conserving Marine Life, Gulf Coast and U.S. Caribbean, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Holly Binns, Project Director, Conserving Marine Life, Gulf Coast and U.S. Caribbean, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Holly Binns directs Pew’s efforts to protect ocean life and coastal habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Caribbean Sea. This work aims to protect important habitats such as deep-sea corals and seagrass meadows as well as other valuable areas with diverse marine life; conserve and restore oysters; ensure sustainable fishing and robust marine food webs; promote an ecosystem-based approach in fisheries management plans; and safeguard marine resources for the benefit of coastal communities, fishermen, consumers, divers, boaters, and others, and for future generations.