Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network Newsletter
December 2021
Welcome to the latest issue of the Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network (IMECaN) newsletter!

If you are interested in providing ideas, contributing a story or being featured in the newsletter, contact us at or @IMECAN4.

In this newsletter:
  • IMBIZO6 - IMECaN Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) event “Building Capacity for Diversity and Inclusion in Ocean Sciences”
  • Welcome to the new members of IMECaN steering committee
  • Upcoming events and opportunities
IMBIZO6 - IMECaN Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) event “Building Capacity for Diversity and Inclusion in Ocean Sciences”
As part of IMBIZO6: Buoyant Solutions for Ocean Sustainability, held virtually in October 2021, and mindful of the bias or discrimination against underrepresented groups still persist in marine science globally, IMECaN organized a side Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) event “Building Capacity for Diversity and Inclusion in Ocean Sciences”. The event included several talks, ranging from women empowerment to decolonial feminist science, as well as supporting transdisciplinary early career researchers and access, equity and community engagement in restorative Blue Economy. In addition, the event included Q&A sessions and break out groups with researchers and academics from around the world who are taking active and inspirational steps to improve inclusion and equity in marine science and be part of the change. 

93 participants from 32 countries from America, Oceania, Africa, Asia and Europe attended the workshop. Although most attendees were PhD students, ECRs and Postdocs, a considerable number of more established researchers also joined in the event.

Dr. Jessica Blythe, an Assistant Professor at Brock University and speaker in the event, said about the workshop "As ocean spaces are increasingly impacted by drivers of change that benefit few and harm many, building capacity for diversity and inclusion in ocean sciences is an essential priority. I was thrilled to engage with people from all over the world on these important topics in IMBIZO6."

The recording of the event is available here.
Welcome to the new members of IMECaN steering committee
We would like to welcome Bia Dias, Charles Addey, Rebecca Shellock and Sara García-Morales to IMECaN steering committee.

Bia Dias (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Fisheries, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her current research explores the effects of regime shifts in the Gulf of Alaska marine food webs, and how that will persist in future climate change scenarios. Bia is also interested in climate adaptation of small pelagic fishes and socio-economic systems.

Charles Addey is a doctoral student at State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science at Xiamen University, China. He is a Chemical oceanographer, and his research focuses on the carbon biogeochemical cycle and mechanisms controlling its variability in the open and coastal oceans. He is also a member of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the Organization of African Academic Doctors (OAAD).

Rebecca Shellock is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at The Australian National University. Rebecca is a Marine Social Scientist and her research focuses on a range of topics including: (i) Ocean Literacy, (ii) knowledge exchange, (iii) gender in marine science, (iv) Marine Protected Areas and (v) socio-cultural values. Rebecca has a keen interest in how to improve the relationship between science, policy and practice and draws on her experience of working at the Science-Policy Interface. Prior to her Postdoc, Rebecca worked as a Marine Social Scientist for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (UK). Rebecca is also a member of the UK’s Ocean Literacy Working Group and the Royal Geographical Society Coastal and Marine Research Group.

Sara García-Morales is a research fellow at the OCEANPLAN Project at the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE) at the University of Lisbon. She is a passionate biologist and marine ecologist trying to understand the variety of connections in marine social-ecological systems. Her current research explores how marine spatial plans can be adapted to climate change by understanding the complexity of the effects of climate change in biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human societies. Following an ecosystem-based management approach that focuses on ocean conservation and environmental justice, her work tries to improve adaptation capacity in such systems, guarantee more adequate planning responses and promote sustainable use of the ocean.

Details about the full Steering Committee can be found here. See IMECaN’s background, aim, activities and mission, here. The network currently has 729 members from 88 countries. Click here to join us!
Upcoming events and other opportunities
  • Network of ECOPs in Africa: The UN Ocean Decade endorsed Global Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Programme is developing a regional node/network of ECOPs in Africa and would like to invite active participation in our community members from any region in Africa to work together to strengthen the African chapter of the Programme. This includes early career professionals from all ocean-related fields and is not limited to researchers. If you would like to discuss this opportunity you can also reach out to Kirsty Mcquaid.
  • TROPIMUNDO call for Master scholarship and self-funded applications open. TROPIMUNDO is a European Commission funded and excellence-labelled Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems. We aim to bring together expert Higher Education Institutes (HEI), with long-standing worldwide expertise in tropical rainforests and woodlands and in tropical coastal ecosystems. TROPIMUNDO students can concentrate on botany, zoology and integrative ecosystem approaches in institutions with and beyond Europe in 2 Master years, of which an entire semester is spent in the tropics. No nationality restrictions apply. Full details here. Closing date: 15 Jan 2022.
  • Deep Ocean Early-career Researchers (DOERs) Professional Development Program. The DOERs program is a collaborative early career mentoring program designed to bring together early-career researchers from across the global deep-sea community. It seeks to foster a new generation of leadership that is capable of guiding future deep-ocean observing and research. The DOERs represent a diverse, inclusive, cross-disciplinary, international cohort of early-career researchers (graduate students through 10 years post PhD.). They are very interested in hearing from early career researchers in the Southern Hemisphere and from developing countries. The program will run from Jan 2022 to Oct 2025 with quarterly, virtual trainings (2 hours), online peer-to-peer networking, and other opportunities. DOOS is a GOOS Project and UN Ocean Decade endorsed program. To sign up, visit our website - or send an email.
  • Post-Doc opportunity in the Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries. The University of Cape Town is offering a postdoctoral fellowships for 2022 related to research on integrated ecosystem assessments, where they are looking for a marine researcher with a keen interest in ecosystem processes and system-based approaches to management, and with a good understanding of anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems.

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