David ANTOINE heads the Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is also a senior research scientist at the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing group of the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche in France. His research interests include marine optics, bio-optics, radiative transfer and applications, and satellite ocean colour remote sensing, including atmospheric corrections and modelling of oceanic primary production from satellite ocean colour. He is principal investigator on a number of projects including the BOUSSOLE time series in the Mediterranean Sea. He is the IOCCG lecture series coordinator, and he will lecture on apparent optical properties, satellite ocean colour missions and atmospheric corrections of satellite ocean colour observations.

Emmanuel BOSS is a professor of Oceanography at the University of Maine. His research is focused on the development of methods to study particles and dissolved materials in aquatic environment and their use to study biogeochemical processes. He coordinates the Ocean Optics summer school at UMaine, and is a member of advisory committees of several international and national scientific projects. In his off time he can be found paddle boarding white water.

ZhongPing LEE got his Ph.D in 1994 from the University of South Florida. Before that, he got his B.S. in physics from the Sichuan University (Chengdu, China) in 1984 and M.S. in physics from the Ocean University of China (Qingdao, China). Dr. Lee is currently a Professor at the School for the Environment of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Lee’s main research interests are in oceanic light field, algorithms for sub-surface properties from measurements of ocean color, as well as applications of ocean color products for the study of aquatic environments. He led the development of the quasi-analytical algorithm (QAA) and the Hyperspectral Optimization Processor Exemplar (HOPE) for processing both optically deep- and shallow- waters. Dr. Lee is a member of NASA’s MODIS/PACE, and NOAA’s VIIRS science team for water properties. He is also a member of the science team for NASA’s upcoming GEO-CAPE and HyspIRI.

Jeffrey POLOVINA, Ph.D., recently retired from NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) in Honolulu, HI. where he conducted and directed marine ecosystem research for four decades. He and his team regularly used satellite remotely-sensed oceanographic data, especially ocean color, in a range of applications to support research on the spatial and temporal dynamics of fisheries and protected species in the central North Pacific. He also served for many years as the principal investigator of the central Pacific OceanWatch Node, a program to archive and disseminate satellite remotely-sensed oceanographic data to users in the Pacific region.  He remains engaged in ecosystem and climate research as a NOAA Scientist Emeritus with the PIFSC. He will give a lecture on the uses of ocean color in support of fisheries and protected species research.

Michael TWARDOWSKI is a Research Professor at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Ft. Pierce, FL, USA, and leads the Marine and Environmental Sensing Program of the I-SENSE pillar at Florida Atlantic University. Mike also holds an Affiliate Professor position in Ocean Engineering at FAU. Before joining HBOI in 2015 he was Director of Research at WET Labs, Inc., where he led development of optical sensors and application of technology to problems in ocean optics. Mike has over 80 peer-reviewed publications on a wide range of topics including remote sensing of optical and biogeochemical properties, ocean color validation, inversion of optical properties to characterize ocean particles and dissolved materials, holographic imaging microscopy, biological camouflage, autonomous monitoring, technology development and protocols for optical sensors. Mike is on the science team for the NASA PACE mission, where he is working on updating concepts for ocean color algorithms and improving accuracy for optical property measurements. His other research activities are currently focused on active sensing with lidar, particle field dynamics, harmful algal blooms, exploring the mesopelagic ocean, and developing new technology. Mike received his PhD in Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island in 1998. He enjoys music and high stakes shuffleboard since moving to Florida. Mike can be reached at mtwardowski@fau.edu.

Hayley EVERS-KING is a marine Earth observation scientist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK, working with satellite ocean colour data for a range of societally relevant applications. Projects she has worked on have included satellite validation and semi-analytical algorithm development, water quality management, ocean carbon uptake and heat fluxes, and biogeochemical model validation. She is also involved in current validation, expert support, and training for the European Commission Copernicus programme of Earth Observation Satellites. She is an alumni of the IOCCG summer lecture series.

Griet NEUKERMANS is an optical oceanographer from Belgium with fundamental and applied expertise in remote and in situ optical sensing of marine particles from phytoplankton to sediments. Her expertise covers atmospheric correction of satellite imagery, in situ and laboratory measurement of optical and particle properties, and design of ocean color remote sensing algorithms. Griet has a scientific background in Applied Mathematics (MSc.) and Marine Ecology (MSc.) and obtained her PhD in Physics from the Université du Littoral – Côte d’Opale (France) in 2012. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA), held a Banting postdoctoral fellowship at Laval University (Canada), and currently holds a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer. She will lecture on optical properties and biogeochemistry of coccolithophores, the topic of her most recent research project. More info on https://grietneukermans.weebly.com/.

Louis LEGENDRE is Professor emeritus at both the Pierre and Marie Curie University Paris 06, in France, and Laval University, in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Science, and of the European Academy of Sciences. He works at the Villefranche Oceanography Laboratory, in France, of which he was director from 2001 to 2010. His fields and topics of research are biological oceanography and marine biogeochemistry, numerical ecology, and philosophy of science. He has published more than 250 refereed papers and 7 full books (including Numerical Ecology, written with Professor Pierre Legendre, whose different editions have been cited more than 17,000 times). He is Honorary Doctor of the University of Liège (Belgium), Knight in the Order of Saint Charles (Principality of Monaco), and Sustaining Fellow of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). His prizes and honours include the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award (ASLO), the International Ecology Institute Prize, and the Québec Prize in Pure and Applied Sciences.

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