Anne Walton is program director for NOAA’s International MPA Capacity Building Program. (MPACBP). Anne is responsible for program development in five regions of the world. Anne has spent the last twenty years working on policy and planning for marine protected areas, both domestically and internationally. Anne has graduate degrees in education, and marine policy and resource management.
As Deputy Superintendent for Programs since April 2008, Michael Murray assists with overall management of the Sanctuary and works to integrate and enhance resource protection, research and monitoring, education and outreach, and maritime heritage program areas.
Prior to this appointment, Michael first joined the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) team in 1999 and very much enjoys helping to connect the local community to management of the Sanctuary in his ongoing role as Coordinator of the Sanctuary Advisory Council. Michael has also served as Management Pan Coordinator, a role focused on development of a new management plan and updated regulations for the Sanctuary.
Prior to his time at CINMS, Michael worked as a planner for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries from 1995-1999 in Seattle, Washington on a feasibility study for a proposed National Marine Sanctuary site. Michael has also studied the management of marine protected areas (MPAs) since 1996, and was active in MPA planning for Puget Sound in Washington State from 1997-1999. Additionally, Michael serves as a member of the editorial board for MPA News, an international newsletter.
Michael holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Policy and Planning from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Raised in Hawaii and a life-long surfer, Michael enjoys living on the coast of Santa Barbara, California.
Teresa Turk is a fisheries biologist with NOAA Fisheries, the Office of Science and Technology, National Observer Program in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She received her B.S. in Zoology and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas and her M.S. in Fisheries Science from the University of Washington. Ms. Turk's career has focused on improving fisheries at sea data collection, quality, transmission and analysis through the use of automated and electronic data collection software and hardware in both fisheries independent surveys and observer programs. Prior to joining the Office of Science and Technology, Ms. Turk was the team leader for the Northwest Fisheries Science Center's survey program and has led or participated in survey operations throughout U.S. waters and Antarctica. Currently she serves as the capacity building coordinator in West Africa and international observer coordinator for NMFS.
Lisa Uttal is the Visitor Center Project Coordinator and Education and Outreach Specialist for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. She directs a Fisheries Education Program called Voices of the Bay (VoB). VoB's mission is a place-based education program where local fisheries, fishing communities and their rich maritime history and culture are a focal point for students, managers and scientists to learn about the marine environment, the ecological and human dimensions of marine resource use and its management.
As the Project Manager for the proposed Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Visitor Center, she oversees the facility construction and exhibit design for the sanctuary.
Lisa has over 20 years of marine education and research experience in the Monterey Bay, developing and designing programs that use science as the basis for learning experience. She holds an M.S. degree from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories where she conducted deep-sea research on gelatinous mid-water organisms at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).
20 years of experience in nature protection, both in field and administrative functions in the former Lavezzi and Cerbicale reserves of southern Corsica in France have given Mr. Culioli a multi-faceted expertise in marine and coastal ecology and biology. Graduated from the University of Montpellier in fisheries studies with further specialization in ichthyology, he co-led the scientific commission of French Natural Reserves for a few years before being responsible for scientific and communication affairs at the International Marine Park of Bonifacio of the Corsican Environmental Office. He elaborates the management plans for this zone and coordinates the implementation of about 50 scientific monitoring programmes in Corsica and Sardinia.
Mr. Dominici spent his career working for the environment within the French National Forest Office and the National Regional Park of Corsica. After spending 10 years in forest management inside the island, he moved on to managing the coastal area of the National Regional Park of Corsica and the Natural Reserve of Scandola where he has been for the last 25 years. He is responsible for the monitoring of marine birds, the management of marine and coastal ecosystems, the implementation of the new management plan and the enlargement project of the Scandola reserve in relation to Natura 2000 on the west coast of Corsica. Mr Dominici is also responsible for the monitoring of the Osprey population in Corsica (restauration and conservation programmes) and co-manages the re-introduction programme of Ospreys in Italie (Toscana).
Born in Genoa (Italy) on May 31st 1969 he is presently researcher in Zoology at the University of Salento, Italy. University degree 110/110 in Biological Sciences at the University of Genoa. PhD in ‘Fundamental Ecology’ at the University of Lecce. Visiting scientist in 2003 and 2004 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego, USA). Teaching courses on Fish Ecology, Fishery biology and management, and Marine Conservation at Universities of Genoa and Lecce. Scientific responsible of more than 15 national and international projects on marine reserves, with emphasis on conservation of fish assemblages and management of small-scale fisheries. Authors of 74 ISI papers published in international journals.
From 1980 to 2009 she has been a researcher in the Fisheries Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture. Piraeus, Greece. She was appointed as Director of this Laboratory in 1989. Since 2009 she is the EastMed Project Coordinator at the FAO. She was also a National focal Point of the GFCM and part of its Scientific Advisory Committee and the Vice-President of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the FAO/GFCM and the coordinator of the sub-committee in stock assessment in the Mediterranean of the GFCM/SAC
She completed her post graduate studies in Oceanography at the Laboratory of Zoology at the University of Athens and obtained her Doctorate thesis on "Biology and Dynamics of the species of genus Trachurus (Pisces: Carangidae) in the Saronikos Gulf” - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Zoology Department.
Dr. Simone Libralato has a background in ecological modelling and quantitative analyses with special emphasis on bioenergetic and ecosystem modelling. He has been applying these methods for studying the effects of different stressors on marine ecosystems, including fishing, aquaculture, climate change and nutrient input. He is now a Researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale – OGS (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - OGS), in Trieste (Italy).
Mr. Bayram Ozturk is Professor at the Faculty of Fisheries of Istanbul University. He had also been the Dean of the Faculty from 2006 to 2009.He studied at the Research Associate at Marseilles, and has participated later in a Man and Ocean Program in Japan (UN University of Tokyo). He got his PhD from Istanbul University from Marine Science Institute. He has been acting as the Director of Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV).
With over 30 years of experience in Mediterranean MPA management, Mr. Robert has a keen understanding of bringing together stakeholders and the scientific community. Now part of the French Marine Protected Areas Agency, he is responsible for international relations. He is also in charge of following marine mammals conservation programmes. Prior to that as the Executive Secretary of the Pelagos Sanctuary from 2006 to 2009, he oversaw the implementation of the management plan. He spent close to 30 years at the French National Park of Port-Cros where he was responsible for the scientific and marine management of the Park. He specifically implemented charters with the fishing and diving communities. Last but not least he is the founder and the president of the international Grouper Study Group that today counts over 150 members.
For the last 8 years, Mrs Santoni has been a member of the scientific unit of the International Marine Park of Bonifacio of the Corsican Environmental Office. Graduated in Mediterranean marine and coastal ecosystems studies, she is specialized in fisheries studies and is now responsible for the coordination between the Park and the fishermen of southern Corsica. She follows up on the monitoring studies carried out with the fishermen and works with the students and interns who come in the reserve each year to complete their studies. She specifically led, from 2004-2006, a European project (LINDA Life project) on the relationship between fishing activities and the bottlenose dolphin and now coordinates the implementation of 2 European programmes, GIONAH on the dolphin and RETROPARC on fishing.