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Marine Section Board of Directors (@SCBMarine)

Kathryn Matthews  | LinkedIn
President, SCB-Marine
Deputy Chief Scientist, Oceana, United States

Prior to joining Oceana, Katie worked in the Arctic, the waters of the eastern tropical Pacific, the U.S. Congress, and the State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation.  Katie’s science policy work continued with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation and, most recently, with The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she ran a marine conservation and fisheries grantmaking program.

President Elect: Edd Hind-Ozan  
Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Secretary: Holly Niner
University College London, Australia

Holly has worked in marine conservation for a number of years since finishing her undergrad in Oceanography in 2007. Having spent time in NGOs, government and industry in the UK she’s now found herself back at university, and in Australia, currently finishing up a PhD focussed on marine governance.

Sophia Wassermann | Website
Student Representative
PhD Candidate in Marine Science, Ryan Institute, 
National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

Sophia Wassermann models pelagic fish behaviour to improve stock assessments as an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar. She received an M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Conservation from Trinity College Dublin and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Vassar College. Previously, she was a Fulbright Student in Iceland and worked as a divemaster and research assistant in the Turks & Caicos Islands. 

Angela Bednarek  
Policy Officer

Angela Bednarek is a project director at The Pew Charitable Trusts in the environmental science division. She develops strategies for enhancing and assessing the policy relevance of the division’s research investments. This includes developing scholarship and convening scholars and practitioners on improving the connections between science and policy. She holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Science Officer: Leslie Cornick  

Education Officer: Jacob Levenson  
Boston University, United States

Board Member at Large: David Shiffman   
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

Dr. David Shiffman is a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University studying the sustainability of Canadian shark fisheries from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Katie Walters  | LinkedIn|
Communication Officer  
PhD Candidate Griffith University, Australia
Katie Walters spent 20 years working for Community Cultural Development (CCD) organisations that use the Arts to engage diverse and marginalised communities, and to help them recover a sense of ownership of their futures.
She’s currently a PhD student, and is hoping to bring insights from the Arts and CCD to enrich the way we approach marine conservation and resource management.

Diversity Officer: Lourdes Martinez-Estevez  
University of California-Santa Cruz, United States and Mexico

Luli Martinez is a Mexican biologist focused on wildlife conservation. She earned her M.S. degree in Ecology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research is about the spatial ecology and conservation of Eastern Pacific hawksbill sea turtles in the Gulf of California, Mexico. She is also professor of the Latin American Conservation Biology Course, which is held in Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica since 2011.


You can reach the SCB Marine board with general enquiries by emailing To reach a specific board member, click the icons beside their name to email them or find them on Twitter.

Future Members

If you are interested in being a member of the Marine Board, you must be a member of SCB and a member of the Marine Section. Generally 2 to 4 board members are elected annually. The Call for Nominations goes out in November or December, and the election runs in December. Each year section members receive a notice via the Marine Listserv about the open positions and the start of the election process. For more information about getting involved with this board, please contact a board member or Each Marine Section board member is a volunteer and serves a three-year term. Terms are staggered such that not all officers retire each year.