Lynne Shanon

I am Chief Researcher on marine ecosystem modelling and ecosystem based management at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town. I build ecological models of the Benguela, and use data based and model based indicators in support of ecosystem based management approaches. I co chair the international working group IndiSeas, evaluating effects of fishing and natural variability on marine ecosystems using suites of ecological, environmental, biodiversity and human dimension indicators in comparative approach. When I’m not glued to my computer screen I can be found at the stables talking to horses 😊

Noel Keenlyside​

I am professor in tropical Meteorology at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen and Bjerknes Centre. My research interests are in climate dynamics and predictability, and one of my goals is to improve climate prediction systems for the provision of climate services. I am also interested in understanding the predictable effects of climate on marine ecosystems. As coordinator of the EU TRIATLAS project, I bring these various activities together with the goal to develop climate-based predictions of the marine ecosystem in the tropical and south Atlantic.


Mathieu Rouault


I am co-director of the Nansen Tutu Center in Cape town and I will coordinate the logistic of the summer school. I am also professor in the Dept of Oceanography at University of Cape Town . My research encompass all aspects of ocean atmosphere interaction from numerical modelling to experimental work at sea, from meteorology and physical oceanography to climatology and now the impact of climate change and variability on marine ecosystems and water resources  Otherwise I am keen surfer and can take you dancing salsa in Cape Town

Peter Brandt​


I am Professor for Physical Oceanography at the University of Kiel and the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel. My interest is in the ocean's role in the climate system. My work focusses on ocean processes from small to large scales including internal waves and mixing, eddies, planetary waves, variability of the wind-driven and thermohaline circulation and on climate biogeochemistry interactions. I led several research cruises into the tropical Atlantic. Visit my website


Prof Astrid Jarre


With a professional background in marine systems ecology, I have  been specializing on an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAF) since the late 1980s. My research emphasis has been on exploited marine systems experiencing pronounced environmental signals, and in developing societies. My research interests include the development of ecosystem indicators for fisheries management, systems modelling, modelling with stakeholders and developing inter and transdisciplinary research methodology. I have senior experience in developing scientific advice for management of human activities in the ocean.  Holding the South African Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries, my current research focuses on developing methodology for structured decision making with regards to human activities in marine social ecological systems under global change, notably in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Learn more about the research of our group here 


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Hans Sloterdijk


I am a researcher at the University of Kiel. I am interested in the sustainable management of human activities with a focus on fisheries affecting  marine ecosystems. working in close collaboration with stakeholders and central actors from science, politics, economy, NGOs, and the civil society. I am  developing scientific fisheries scenarios that can be applied to integrated climate change research. I also spend time explaining to new people I meet how is it possible to be a French Canadian named Hans Sloterdijk!


Ralf Schwamborn

I am professor in Biological Oceanography at the Oceanography Department, Federal University of Pernambuco, in Recife, Brazil. My main interests are in statistical modelling of aquatic populations, fish stocks, food webs and ecosystems, stable Isotopes as tracers in food webs, zooplankton size spectra, population level processes (recruitment, growth and mortality), feeding selectivity and food web dynamics and the development of new statistical approaches, models and software tools such as fishboot. I have been working mostly on marine ecosystems off Germany, Florida, Chile, Peru and Brazil. Otherwise, I would like to discuss with you, why it is possible to swim and surf off Cape Town, but not off Recife

Martin Schmidt


I am researcher at the Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde. After studying physics, my research interest turned to physical oceanography and ecosystem functioning. The focus of my work is on processes studies and numerical modelling with special interest on ecosystem changes in dependence on physical conditions. In turn I am fascinated to learn how life is  modifying ocean dynamics. This led me to work in several projects investigating the oxygen minimum zones in the Atlantic Eastern Boundary Current system, especially in the Benguela. I am working a lot with numerical models but I like the work at sea. My teaching is Theoretical Oceanography at Rostock University.



Louise Gammage


I am a post-doctoral  fellow in the Marine Ecology and Fisheries Research group at UCT.  Trained as an Environmental Geographer, my current work focuses on marine social ecological systems (SESs) and fisheries in South Africa. My research makes use of integrative and iterative methods to promote understanding and  decision making in marine SESs.  I am interested in methodologies to address challenges related to scale and decision making in complex adaptive systems; understanding drivers of change in SESs to improve present and future decision making and exploring ways that local stakeholders (such as fishers) can build adaptive capacity while informing governance and policy at larger decision making scales.


Shunya Koseki

I am a researcher at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. After born, grown-up and studied air-sea interaction in the North Pacific in Japan, I worked on the Asian winter monsoon over the South China Sea in Singapore. Bouncing from the equator to sub-arctic, I have been working on the tropical Atlantic climate system using earth system model.  The current hot topics of mine are the variability in the equatorial Atlantic Angola Benguela region and extreme weather in the Mediterranean Sea.


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Fran Cao

I am a senior researcher at the University Complutense of Madrid. My main expertise is in stochastic dynamics and its applications to Ecology. I am particularly interested on spatial population synchrony (i.e., spatial autocorrelations in ecosystems) and on the impact of environmental fluctuations on population dynamics in general.


Marie-Lou Bachèlery


Dr Marie-Lou Bachèlery is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow within Tri-Atlas. Her research covers physical and biogeochemical oceanography, physical biogeochemical interactions, regional processes, and numerical modelling (coupled regional oceanic simulations) in coastal and open ocean sectors. She is mainly interested in the regional variability of the South-Eastern Atlantic Ocean with a special focus on the Benguela Upwelling System. Her research apprehends equatorial dynamics and its connection with the interannual coastal variability off the coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South-Africa


Filippa Fransner


I'm a post-doc in oceanography at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. I became an oceanographer because I'm fascinated about the ocean. For research I'm interested in the interaction between ocean physics and biogeochemistry, and work mainly with 3D numerical models. During my PhD I was doing research on organic carbon in the Baltic Sea. Now since one year I'm working on interannual to decadal predictions of ocean biogeochemistry, focusing on air-sea CO2 fluxes and primary production in the Atlantic and the Arctic. When I don't do research I love sailing and freediving, and to play the violin.


Marjolaine Krug


I am a physical oceanography who just started in my new position as a "Senior Scientific Advisor: Oceans & Coast Information System" within the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF). Previously, my research has focused on the variability of the Agulhas Current and its impact on the coastal and shelf regions. I have worked extensively with satellite datasets and have lead glider observations in the Agulhas Current through the GINA (Gliders in the Agulhas) initiative.