Hi everyone 

My name is Diana Rico, a tropical specimen that lives in Germany. I am a biologist, I am currently doing my master’s degree in marine ecosystems and fisheries sciences at the University of Hamburg, and I work as a research assistant in sustainability in maritime logistics. Passionate about marine biology, environmental education, and citizen science. Working in line with the SDGs and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development. My passion for the oceans has brought me here. This is my third year participating in the YOUMARES conference, and this year I had the honor of leading such an incredible orga-team. I invite you to join us, meet amazing researchers, and let’s talk about our oceans. 

Looking forward to seeing you at the YOUMARES 12 conference 

Hello everyone! 

I am Nguyen Thuy Dung, Ms. At the moment, I am participating in Nippon Foundation POGO Centre of Excellence hosted in Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany. AWI is Germany’s leading polar and marine research institution. Fun fact: AWI is responsible for the infamous Helgoland roads – one of the largest and longest marine plankton time series in Europe! My background is in aquatic pollutants with my recent interest focusing on microplastics in the marine environment. This year is the first time I join YOUMARES and I am very excited to be immersed in the program with my peers and other early-career scientists.   

I am Anne TwaalfhovenHaving spent a lot of time on, in and near the ocean, my passion for the marine environment runs deep. I am fascinated by the many different ways individuals and communities around the world relate to the sea. Having a background in (marine) ecology and environmental science, I turned to anthropology and development studies in my master program at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. In working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals during this UN Ocean Decade, I believe it is essential to combine insights from all these different disciplines. Now, as a recent graduate, I am eager to continue my career in marine social science, community conservation and environmental justice.  

Hi everyone! I am Stina Kolodzey – growing up by the Baltic Sea with a very fishing enthusiastic dad, I have been fascinated by the sea and fish from a very early age. I love the ocean and all its big and little critters. After obtaining a BSc in Hamburg, I moved across the ocean to New Zealand for my MSc and PhD in Marine Science. I am particularly interested in how fisheries and environmental changes shape marine fish populations in regards of their feeding ecology and reproductive output. I just moved back to Germany from New Zealand and joined the YOUMARES orga-team to connect to other Ocean Lovers in Europe and the world! I am super excited to meet everyone in Hamburg! 

Hi everyone! 

My name is Zulema Varela, I have a PhD in biology, and I am working in the Ecotoxicology group at University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). My research is focused on the biomonitoring of environmental pollution, both atmospheric and marine, using different organisms such as bryophytes, lichens, trees, algae, mussels, and how this pollution can affect the environment. I heard about the YOUMARES from a close friend who is a marine biologist and I joined as a volunteer to expand my network and because I love the ocean and am concerned about its future! 

Hello. I am Juliana Di Filippo MSc.  

I’m interested in ecology and conservation of marine species, I’m in love with the ocean! I studied some aspects of the ecology of freshwater turtles, frogs and sharks in my undergraduate and postgraduate program. Currently, I’m working with Blue Turtle Sustainable in sea turtle conservation and sustainable fisheries in the Gulf of California (small fisheries in Baja California Sur and Sinaloa). Being part of YOUMARES this year is such a great chance to expand my knowledge, and it is an opportunity to meet new people. With YOUMARES I have the possibility to get involved in marine scientific networks and collaborate with them in current or future investigations. I hope to be part of this conference for so many years in the future! 

Hello there! 

My name is Nadja Hohenadl, I am an undergraduate marine science student at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in a small town called Oban, on the Scottish west coast.  I am passionate about marine megafauna and large-scale interactions between the ocean and continents, like climate processes and geology. Working as a wildlife guide, I enjoy to educate the public and I believe education is a key factor in saving the planet we call home. I am a qualified SCUBA diver for 10 years now and love every tiny critter we spot beneath the kelp. It is the first time I am part of the YOUMARES orga-team, I am curious what is going on behind the scenes. Let´s do it!