Speakers at the symposium

Prof Guy Woodward

Guy is a Professor of Ecology and the Deputy Head of Life Sciences at Imperial College London.  He has more than 25 years of experience in aquatic food web, community, and ecosystems ecology.

He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and 7 edited books with a focus on environmental stressors in these multispecies systems.

Much of his work has aimed to improve our understanding of how complex systems operate in nature, and how they are modified by a range of anthropogenic pressures, including climate change, habitat modification and chemical pollution. 

He was the Series Editor for Advances in Ecological Research from 2010 to 2019, the British Ecological Society Aquatic Group Leader (2013-16), and a member of the Future Earth ecoSERVICES Scientific Committee. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Freshwater Biological Association and the Meetings Committee of the British Ecological Society.  In the last year he has led a £3.7m NERC Large Grant on Gene-to-Ecosystem Impacts of Global Warming, and a £2.4m NERC Emerging Chemical Risks Programme, as well as a range of other projects including a new research programme in Atlantic salmon ecology.

Website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/guy.woodward

Dr Rasmus Lauridsen

Rasmus is a freshwater ecologist interested in research that betters our understanding of the structure and functioning of freshwater ecosystems.

His PhD focussed on the quantification of interaction strengths within a stream food web, assessing the effects of top-down and bottom-up pressures upon these interactions. This study included all components of the food web including algae, invertebrates, fish and their respective diets.

As Head of Fisheries Research at Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, the catchment wide study of the salmon and trout populations in the River Frome in Dorset, UK has been at the centre of Rasmus’ work over the last number of years.

Among the more specific themes of this research are assessing the importance of habitat and inter- and intraspecific competition between salmonids and the impact there of on survival and life history choices. As lead partner on two large grants the group’s work on the Frome has been extended to other rivers and, in collaboration with international partners, the results from the Frome put in a wider context.

The majority of this research involves the use of tagging technology (PIT, acoustic and data storage tags) enabling assessment of migration strategies and loss rates in fresh- and saltwater and factors affecting this at the level of both the individual and the population

Dr. Colin Bull

My interests are in aquatic ecology and in particular salmonid biology . I took on the role of Principle Investigator for the MSA in September 2019.  

Since 2005 I’ve been a lecturer in the Biological and Environmental Sciences department at the University of Stirling. Before then I was project manager on the Conservation of Atlantic salmon in Scotland (CASS) LIFE project at SNH , the fisheries biologist at the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust and also the Forth Fisheries Foundation.

I spent  two years  as the International Aquarium Research Co-ordinator for Project Seahorse (Chicago, USA, and McGill University, Montreal, Canada). Upon completing my PhD I was the biologist for the recently formed Awe Fisheries Trust (now Argyll Fisheries Trust). My PhD at the Glasgow University under the  supervision of Prof Neil Metcalfe was on the feeding and fat dynamics of resident juvenile Atlantic salmon in winter.

Else Möller, Forester MSc. 

Else graduated from the Agriculture University of Iceland. Her interests are related to land restoration, land conservation and afforestation.

Last summer she established a pilot project in relation to the Selá-river in cooperation with the angling club Strengur and made a proposal for a three-year action plan for land restoration and afforestation in the river area.

The main idea is to improve the vegetation, reduce erosion and slowly increase the amount of organic material which merges into the river, therefore contributing to the food web of the organisms in the river.

Else has  worked as project manager for the organization Austurbrú in Northeast Iceland and for the municipality of Vopnafjordur. She is now working free-lance since January 2020.

Prof Nikolai Friberg

Prof Nikolai Friberg is a Research Director for Biodiversity at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research NIVA in Oslo, Norway. He is furthermore an Adjunct Professor at University of Copenhagen, section for Freshwater Biology, in his native Denmark and a visiting scientist at University of Leeds, UK.

His background is in freshwater ecology with more than 30 years’ experience in research into impacts of human perturbation on aquatic ecosystems. Specially his scientific interest are, among others, the influence of land-use, riparian areas, habitats (including river restoration) and anthropogenic stressors (climate change, hydromorphological degradation) on stream biota and ecosystem processes.

Gudni Gudbergsson

Guðni Guðbergsson

Gudni was born and brought up on a farm in SW Iceland 22. October 1958. After moving to Reykjavik in 1978 he finished BSc at the University of Iceland in 1983 and Cand. Scient in freshwater biology from the University of Oslo in 1985.

He started working at the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries in Reykjavik as an assistant in 1979 and every summer to 1985. From 1985-2002 he worked as a fish biologist and a project leader at IFF and division leader from 2002-2016. From 2016 he has been a leader of the freshwater division og the Marine and Freshwater Research in Reykjavik.

He has been a member og the ICES Working Group on Atlantic salmon since 1996. Member of the Scientific Advisory committee in NASCO 2003-2009. Member of the Icelandic delegation in NASCO 2008 and head of the Icelandic delegation in NASCO 2009.

He was a Steering Group member of the CAFF, Circumpolar Biodiversity Diversity Program 2013-2017. He has given lectures at the University of Iceland and the Agricultural Collage. He has been supervisor/co-supervisor to 4 masters students. His work has been on all three freshwater salmonid species in Iceland, and he has published 28 papers on Atlantic salmon and Arctic charr as well as over 250 technical and advisory reports. 

James Rosindell

Dr. James Rosindell is a Reader in biodiversity theory at Imperial College London.  He has 14 years of experience in modelling and simulation of ecological communities, drawing from an interdisciplinary background in maths, computing and biology.  

He has published 38 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on a wide range of topics including island biogeography, reef fish range sizes and tropical forest fragmentation.

He is also a founding trustee of a charitable incorporated organisation “OneZoom” which has so far reached over a million individuals and aims to enhance public understanding of biodiversity, evolution and conservation issues.

He is principle investigator on a £260K Leverhulme grant “Predicting Global Biodiversity with Mechanistic Simulation Models” and co-investigator on and a £2.4m NERC Emerging Chemical Risks Programme, as well as other projects including a new research programme in Atlantic salmon ecology.

Website: www.rosindell.org

Mark Saunders

Director, International Year of the Salmon – North Pacific Region

Mark Saunders currently works for the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission as the Director for the north Pacific Region of the International Year of the Salmon initiative. 

He retired several years ago from the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans where he headed up a Salmon, Aquaculture and Freshwater Ecology Division at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C.  with staff working on salmon stock assessment, freshwater habitat, molecular genetics, fish health, and marine ecology. 

The early part of Mark’s career focused on stock assessment of marine fish as well as research related to hydroacoustic surveys and fisheries oceanography of the California current system.  Mark and his wife Gail live in the small town of Chemainus on Vancouver Island.  He has two grown daughters in their 20’s and a bernadoodle dog named Willow.  In his spare time, Mark enjoys sailing, kayaking, cycling, skiing, and sport fishing.

Philip McGinnity

Phil is a Research Professor with the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork having previously been a Fisheries Inspector with Northern Regional Fisheries Board in his early years.

More recently he was a Biologist and Team Leader with Ireland’s Marine Institute at the famous Burrishoole research facility in Newport, Co. Mayo, where he is still based for his sins.  He also did a stint on secondment with the Central Fisheries Board in Ireland as Director of Protection and Conservation.

He is probably best known for his research on the genetic impacts of farm escapes salmon, which he still is very much involved, but has also been published widely in the areas of salmonid population biology and ecology, stock assessment, population genetics, evolutionary biology, and the inventory of freshwater fish habitat.

His interest in the marine ecology of Atlantic salmon stems from his work on the EU SALSEA-Merge project and more recently on the Norwegian SeaSALAR project.

Peter S. Williams, B.A., D.Phil.

Peter Williams is Group Technology Director of INEOS and also Head of Investor Relations. He moved to this position in January 2017 having spent the previous eleven years as Chief Executive of INEOS Technologies, one of the business divisions in the INEOS Group. He is a member of the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Before joining INEOS in 2006, Dr Williams spent over 20 years with BP in a variety of senior management roles in business, technology, and strategy. Before then, he obtained a B.A and D.Phil in chemistry from the University of York, and carried out post-doctoral research work at the Hahn-Meitner Institut in Berlin.