DR. LINDA AMARAL-ZETTLER
Senior Scientist, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Netherlands
Dr. Amaral-Zettler holds a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. She maintains ties to Woods Hole through an MBL Fellow appointment at the Marine Biological Laboratory's Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution.
DR. KARA LAVENDER-LAW
Research Professor, Sea Education Association (SEA), Massachusetts, USA
Dr. Lavender-Law holds a PhD in physical oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a BS in mathematics from Duke University. She is co-chair of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Working Group FLOTSAM (Floating Litter and its Oceanic TranSport Analysis and Modelling) and serves as the co-principal investigator of the Marine Debris Working Group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS).
DR. MARK PATTERSON
Associate Dean of Research and Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
Dr. Patterson holds a PhD in Biology from Harvard University. He directs the Field Robotics Laboratory at Northeastern's Marine Science Center where he builds free-swimming autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), tethered remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and underwater water quality sensors.
DR. CHELSEA ROCHMAN
Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Rochman holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of California. She was a recipient of the Society for Conservation Biology's David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship and co-founded the University of Toronto Trash Team. She was formerly a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow at the Aquatic Health Program at the University of California, Davis.
DR. ERIK ZETTLER
Guest Researcher, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Netherlands
Dr. Zettler holds a PhD in Microbial Ecology from Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. He was a former member of the Biology Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and has taught and conducted research at SEA Education Association, as science coordinator, professor and associate dean.