• Ana Paula Simão, Direção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (DGRM).
  • Mª Begoña Santos Vazquez, Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO).
  • Camino Liquete, Directorate-General for Environment (DG-ENV).
  • Clemente Aguiar, Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação (ARDITI).
  • Gilberto Carreira, Direção Regional dos Assuntos do Mar (DRAM).
  • Graham Pierce, Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IIM/CSIC).
  • José Augusto Carvalho, Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e Recursos Naturais-Direção Regional do Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente (SRA-DROTA).
  • Paula Valcarce, Dirección General de Sostenibilidad de la Costa y del Mar- Subdirección General de Protección del Mar (DGSCM-SGPM).
  • Lucia García-Denche, Dirección General de Sostenibilidad de la Costa y del Mar- Subdirección General de Protección del Mar (DGSCM-SGPM).

Luz Paramio, Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT), is Executive Board Member and Scientific Coordinator of the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT). She has a PhD in Spatial Planning  by the University of Azores (Portugal), MSc. in Coastal and Marine Management by the University of Cadiz (Spain) and a degree in Marine Sciences by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). Luz has worked on Ocean Governance and Blue economy as post-doctoral research member at the Centre of Applied Economics Studies of the Atlantic of the University of Azores, integrated researcher of the Center of Environmental and Maritime Studies of the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and guest professor at Maritime Affairs Line, Portuguese Catholic University (Portugal). In the last years, Luz has coordinated several European projects of the Regional Government of the Azores regarding maritime affairs and transboundary cooperation, as MISTIC SEAS 3 and MarSP project.

Víctor Gutiérrez López, Fundación Biodiversidad, BSc Environmental Sciences at Autonoma University of Madrid and Ecology (specialist in Friedrich Schiller Jena University) specializes in environmental projects direction and management, basically related to terrestrial and marine conservation and management. Since 2003 working at Biodiversity Foundation, a public body belonging to the Spanish Ministry of the Environment, as Projects coordinator, especially projects at international level (LIFE and ENPI Programmes): INDEMARES, Urogallo cantábrico, Desmania, PAF on Natura 2000, ECOSAFIMED, SHARA, INTEMARES AND ELCN. He also teaches in some environmental schools.

He is highly skilled in staff direction for the development of environmental projects on different issues, such as biodiversity conservation, climate change and envirnonmental threats . Also specialized in project evaluation, management, technical and financial monitoring and reporting.


  • Camilo Saavedra, Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IIM-CSIC).

Carolina Parelho, Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT), is Project Manager at the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT) of the Azorean Regional Government. She holds a PhD in Biology (Biomedicine and Ecotoxicology) by the University of the Azores (Portugal), a Post-Graduation in Biotechnology in Biological Control, and a Degree in Biological Sciences and Health. She was a Postdoctoral researcher in the CE3C – Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (GBA - Azorean Biodiversity Group, Portugal). From 2012-2018, she was a researcher in the University of the Azores, in the field of Ecology and Environmental Heath, where she integrated several projects in the field of (Agro) Ecosystems Biodiversity and Heath/natural resources management and protection, having published several scientific papers in these areas. Since March 2019, she has been working as a Project Manager on international Projects in FRCT, being responsible for management of MISTIC SEAS III.

  • Hany Alonso, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL).

Izaskun preciado, Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO), she has been working on various IEO projects related with fisheries activities, benthic/demersal communities of the North Iberian continental shelf, and trophic ecology of fish. Seh is now working on predator-prey interactions in bentho-demersal communities and the effect of environmental variables (oceanographic, climatic and anthropogenic) on food web structure and functioning. She is also involved in trophic level estimations based on stomach contents and stable isotopes, and developing food web indicators within the OSPAR context. Currently, I work for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) as the Spanish responsible of Descriptor 4 Food Webs, and within the Food Web Expert Group (ICG-COBAM, OSPAR). In her team, two food web indicators have been developed during last year’s, including Large Fish Indicator (LFI) in North Iberian waters and Mean Trophic Level of marine predators (MTL).

She has participated in more than 18 scientific surveys, focusing my work on the analysis of stomach contents of pelagic and demersal fish. She is the chief of the IEO bottom trawl surveys since 2014. She has participated in more than 25 projects related with trophic ecology and marine food webs. She has published 28 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She usually gives scientific and informative talks organized by different Spanish Institutions. She usually reviews articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Task in Mistic Seas III: Due to her expertise in food web indicators and my involvement in the OSPAR food web expert group, she has been asked for some advice on how to move towards the development of food web indicators in Macaronesia. Descriptor 4 is one of the most difficult to implement and my experience on this topic will help to advance in the development and testing of ecological indicators within the MSFD.

  • Joa Delgado, Secretaria Regional de Agricultura e Pescas (SRAP).
  • Joana Otero,Direção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (DGRM).
  • José Castro, Universidad Las Palmas de Gran Canarias (ULPGC).
  • Lorena Couce, Gestión del Medio Rural de Canarias (GMR).

Manfred Kaufmann, Universidade da Madeira (UMA), he holds a PhD in Biological Oceanography and a Masters in Biology (majors: Marine Zoology, Fisheries Biology and Marine Chemistry), both from the Institute of Marine Research, Kiel, Germany (now: Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research). His main research areas are phytoplankton communities and dynamics around seamounts and islands (taxonomy and ecology), potentially harmful benthic dinoflagellates (HAB) and marine ecology. He is an assistant professor at the University of Madeira, having extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate (master's, doctoral) training. Between 2003 and 2009 he was a partner in the GAME (Global Approach by Modular Experiments) research and training project. He is an associate researcher at CIIMAR, University of Porto, one of the largest marine research centers in Portugal, and a member of the Madeira Ocean Observatory, which promotes marine and environmental research at a more local and regional level. He has integrated more than 10 international multidisciplinary oceanographic expeditions aboard research vessels totaling more than 260 days at sea to investigate the dynamics of phytoplankton communities around seamounts and islands. He also participated in the EU's transnational PCT-MAC2007-2013 program, in the project GESMAR (Sustainable Management of Marine Resources 2010-2012) which investigated the ecological, geological and physical aspects of an area colonised with seagrass in Madeira. Currently he participates in 3 INTERREG projects, 2 of the Macaronesian area, POC MAC 2014-2020, (REBECA and MIMAR) and 1 of the Atlantic Area (iFADO). He contributes as an expert to the project MISTIC SEAS III. He is also an experienced diver with more than 760 hours of scuba diving, in both saltwater and inland waters.

Tasks in MISTIC SEAS III: contribute information on lower trophic level (phyto- and zooplankton).

Philippe Verborgh, Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação (MBM-ARDITI), he has worked on ecology and demographic parameters of cetaceans in the south of Spain during 15 years and for the last two years I was involved in the project Mistic Seas II to design, carry out and analyse photo-identification survey data to estimate abundance of bottlenose dolphins and short-finned pilot whales in Madeira.

Tasks in  MISTIC SEAS III: He is involved in the literature review about the current knowledge on the different trophic guilds defined in the project for Madeira. To identify knowledge gaps and help to develop and participate in monitoring surveys to fill those gaps, especially to collect stable isotope samples and stomach contents. He will also collaborate in the ecosystem modelling using Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE). He will also participate in the workshops of the project to define the indicators of Descriptor 4 for the Macaronesian region and participate in the risk-assessment exercises considered in the project. Finally he will collaborate in writing-up the project’s reports.

Ruth Esteban, Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação (MBM-ARDITIA), she has been studying marine mammals for 15 years, she has a Ph.D. on the ecology of killer whales in southern Spain, and she started working with the Madeira Whale Museum since 2017 for the project MISTIC SEAS II.

Tasks in  MISTIC SEAS III:  Assist in the definition and testing of methodologies that allow the identification of trophic guilds. Do literature reviews, data compilation, organization, processing and analysis related with aims of the project;  Participate in field work to collect samples of stomach contents, skin samples for stable isotopes and other samples to fill gaps relevant for the purpose of the project and assist in the lab work to process and analysed those samples; Participate in the relevant project meetings to discuss methodologies, protocols, data analysis, management, risk-assessment and other related issues.

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