Summer School Lecturers

A number of well known ecosystem modellers from across Europe have developed an innovative series of lectures for the MEECE Summer School, including:

Baris Salihoglu (IMS-METU, Turkey) is hosting the summer school and will provide a welcome, overview of the week’s activities, discussion on communication in science and support the student presentations and workshops. His research interests include studying processes controlling the food web dynamics and biogeochemical cycles, the role of micro- and mesozooplankton as a link between the first and the higher trophic levels, and the biogeochemical consequences of climate change.
Icarus Allen (PML, UK) primary research interest is the development of complex marine system models for hypothesis testing and forecast, model skill assessment and ecotoxicology. His scientific background is multidisciplinary and the overriding theme of all his work has been the interfacing of biogeochemical process models with hydrodynamic models in 1, 2 and 3 dimensions and the analysis of the subsequent simulations. He will be lecturing on marine system models, model skill assessment
Richard Bellerby (UiB, Norway) Senior Researcher at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and Professor at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. He has 17 years experience as a biogeochemist with research focussed on ocean acidification, couplings between ecosystems, biogeochemistry, and climate, high latitude processes.

Jessica Heard (PML, UK) is the Knowledge Transfer Coordinator and Project Manager for MEECE. She has experience working on science communication for a number of EU projects and will be running a practical session on communicating science to policy makers.


Marco Zavatarelli (UNIBO, Italy) is a research staff member at the Physics Department and at the Inter-department Centre for Environmental Sciences of the Bologna University. His lectures will focus on the field of numerical modelling of the ocean general circulation and ecosystem dynamics.
GerJan Piet (IMARES, The Netherlands) has been working for more than 15 years on the ecosystem effects of fishing, and the planning of monitoring programs and analysis of datasets from these programs, including use of indicators and calculation of reference levels. He is a member of several ICES working groups, including the Working Group on the Ecosystem Effects of Fishing and has chaired the ICES working groups on beam trawl surveys.
Karsten Bolding (Bolding & Burchard ApS, Denmark) has a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the Technical University of Denmark. From 1991-1997, he worked at the DMI (Danish Meteorological Institute) on storm-surge prediction and data assimilation.

Susanne Neuer is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, her main research interest is in the area of ocean biogeochemistry; especially the dynamics of the biological carbon pump, and the role of ocean biota in the carbon export to the deep sea.
Eric Machu (IRD, France) My main research interest is to understand the role of the environment on pelagic fish mainly (growth, reproduction success, habitats). I have participated to the development of biogeochemical modules coupled to hydrodynamic models to study non-linear relationships that structure pelagic communities in eastern boundary upwelling ecosystems. I am now developing an integrated model from the physics to the fish to tackle questions of bottom-up and top-down control of these ecosystems.

Jonathan Beecham (Cefas, UK) has about twenty years experience of modelling of biological and economic systems, including foraging by herbivores in vegetation mosaics and pedestrian movement in railway stations. His current work, as part of the Meece project, is to link higher and lower trophic level models of marine ecosystems. This entails working in four different programming languages: C++, Visual Basic, FORTRAN and Python and understanding how changes in availability of plankton resulting from climate change might affect the populations of fish and marine invertebrates.