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Marine Section Board of Directors (@SCBMarine)

Dr Kathryn Matthews  | LinkedIn
President, SCB-Marine
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: Heather Penney 
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Dr Heather Penney recently completed her PhD working on reproductive ecology of salmonids and other freshwater spawning fishes. She then worked at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Government of Canada) focusing on Atlantic cod stocks. Now, in her post doc she is working on optimizing sea cucumber harvest and aquaculture, working with fishers and processors to develop the fishery while continuing to protect the resource.

Student Representative: Sophia Wassermann | Website
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. 

Policy Committee Chair: Emily Knight 

Science Officer: Leslie Cornick 
Leslie Cornick, Associate Dean, College of STEM Eastern Washington University

Dr. Leslie Cornick is a marine physiological ecologist who specializes in marine mammal physiological and behavioral plasticity in a changing ocean. She is also an advocate for Women in STEM, and works with indigenous communities to increase the representation of indigenous science and community-driven conservation.

Education Officer:  Patrick Goff  

Board Member at Large: David Shiffman   
David Shiffman Scientific and Environmental Consulting, INC

Dr. David Shiffman is a marine conservation biologist specializing in shark fisheries and management, and is a scientific and environmental consultant in Washington, DC

Communication Officer:  Katie Walters  | LinkedIn
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.

Diversity Officer: Shaili Johri  


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.