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Devin M. Bartley, Ph.D.

Devin was appointed aquaculture coordinator for the  California State Department of Fish and Game in 2008. Until this posting he was a senior fishery resources officer in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Rome. His main areas of responsibility included genetic resource management in fisheries and aquaculture and inland fisheries; he is the Secretary of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission.

After graduating from the University of California (Davis) and San Diego State University, Dr Bartley began working on applied population genetics in California native fishes. Upon arriving at FAO in the early 1990's he began to incorporate biodiversity and genetic resource management into FAO's international programme of work. As an FAO delegate to the Convention on Biological Diversity, he helped draft two international plans of action on sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity of inland waters and coastal and marine ecosystems.

Dr Bartley's association with WFT began in the early 1990's and concerned issues associated with gene banking as an aid to conservation and improved broodstock management. Since then, FAO and WFT have co-organized and participated in several joint activities on developing policies for the responsible use and conservation of genetic resources. Dr Bartley was a visiting scientist at World Fisheries Trust in Victoria, British Columbia in 2007.


Mark Bowler, M.Sc.

Mark Bowler earned his BSc in Aquaculture at UBC and an MSc in Aquaculture at SFU (1993). He started his own consulting firm specializing in value added fisheries and new seafood products, and later became a fish nutritionist with Taplow Feeds. Mark has worked with First Nations as a Resource Management Biologist with the Haisla Fisheries Commission and the Natural Environment Biologist with the Chehalis Band. His career led him to work on various projects in Brazil and later took a job with WWF Australia working on Marine Stewardship Council certification projects in southwest Pacific fisheries. He also worked on Farm Management Systems for environmental performance with Growcom (Queensland) and he wrote a short book on beneficial management practices for farmers. Mark's interest in ecosystem services and carbon trading led him back to Brazil to develop projects focusing on ecosystem services. Mark collaborates with WFT in resource development for sustainable communities.


Cathy Carolsfeld, M.Sc.

Cathy obtained an Honours degree in Marine Biology from Memorial University in Newfoundland and a Masters in marine invertebrate physiology from the University of Victoria. She currently operates a Scientific Supply company as well as pioneering environmental education initiatives in Victoria schools - including a novel use of local cold-water marine aquaria. She collaborates with World Fisheries Trust on environmental education projects, locally and internationally, as well as contributing to local environmental restoration initiatives. Her dedication to the Seaquaria in Schools project on Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland BC has inspired dynamic marine education programming in 20 public and private schools.


Erika de Castro, M.Sc.

Erika earned her Masters degree in Planning at the University of British Columbia and now acts as Research Associate and Program Manager for the UBC Centre for Human Settlements (CHS), a research centre within the School of Community and Regional Planning. She works for a variety of projects in Brazil with a focus in community development and municipal governing structures. Erika collaborates with WFT by building bridges between UBC and WFT on these initiatives. She is also engaged in development processes that institutionalize the lessons learned from international projects throughout the last decade, and has taught related courses. Before moving to Vancouver, Erika spent 20 years in urban and social planning in Brazil where she worked locally as a volunteer in several participatory action programs for public health and immigration.


Geraldo Eysink, M.Sc.

Geraldo has spent the past two decades coordinating various aquatic ecosystem projects which often included the analysis of heavy metal and organic substance contamination. In both freshwater and marine environments he has evaluated the causes of fish mortalities and other forms of environmental damage. As director of the Van Gogh School and environmental consultant, Geraldo is currently developing projects for site reclamation, environmental education and ecosystem sustainability. On occasion, he lends his services to various federal, state, and private institutions, and collaborated with World Fisheries Trust in the São Francisco River inland fisheries project.


Alexandre Godinho, Ph.D.

Alexandre earned a degree in Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife management from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in his hometown Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He earned a doctorate in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a professor at UFMG he coordinates the Fish Passage Centre, and conducts research on migratory fish, conservation, and fish management. Alexandre contributes his technical skills and knowledge to World Fisheries Trust efforts in Brazil.


Hugo P Godinho, Ph.D.

Hugo earned a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and his PhD in Anatomy from Iowa State University. He is currently working as a professor for UFMG and has also worked at PUC Minas University. He collaborates with the Brazilian National Scientific and Technological Development Council, the Brazilian Zoological Society, Amparo Foundation, Minas Gerais State Research, and World Fisheries Trust. He has experience in conservation and freshwater fish with a focus in reproduction, gametogenesis, and ex-situ conservation (sperm cryopreservation). Hugo contributes his technical skills and knowledge to World Fisheries Trust efforts in Brazil.


Brian Harvey Ph.D.

Brian Harvey is the founder of World Fisheries Trust and served as President and Executive Director from 1995 to 2005. In this capacity he secured and managed funds from a diverse group of donors, and coordinated various research, training and awareness projects. In British Columbia he fostered extensive collaboration with First Nations fisheries programs, and also developed projects in Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. He provided advisory services on fisheries development and community issues for agencies including the International Development Research Centre and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He also organised international meetings including Action Before Extinction (1998), co-organizer of a FAO Expert Consultation on aquatic animal diversity in 2000, and Blue Millenniu, an international workshop on fisheries management sponsored by UNEP (2001). Brian also managed the DFO salmon genetic conservation field training program and produced major public awareness displays and installations on fisheries. These include Up the Creek, a successful salmon board game, Salmon in the Flight Path, an installation at the Victoria International Airport, Secrets of the Kennedy, an awareness project for Clayoquot Sound, BC, Portuguese-language awareness materials for use in Brazil, and displays on salmon conservation for the Vancouver Aquarium.

Brian has extensive global experience in fisheries management, conservation and awareness. He is now recognized as an international leader in policy and practice of conservation and management of aquatic biodiversity. His skills in communicating difficult topics in a digestible and riveting fashion have been put to use by IDRC, FAO, DFO and other agencies. Brian continues to work in fisheries as a consultant through Fugu Fisheries Ltd., and otherwise is dedicating his time to writing.


Photo: Stewart LampeNicole LaForge, M.Sc.
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Nicole has a BSc from her home-town of Edmonton, and a Masters in Invertebrate Biology from the University of Victoria. She took courses at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and participated in a tropical ecology field course in Ecuador. Nicole has a diverse scientific and administrative skill set. She is passionate about conservation and environmental education and contributes to research and administration at World Fisheries Trust. This included her work on our project for the elemental analysis of fish ear bones (otoliths) to decipher the environmental history of individual fish. Doing similar work, she is now employed by the University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.


Jack Littlepage, Ph.D.

Dr. Littlepage received his PhD from Stanford University and carried out teaching and research activities in Biological Oceanography and Marine Aquaculture at the University of Victoria until the year 2000. He then assumed the position of Director, Division of Technology and International evelopment, Centre for Global Studies. Dr. Littlepage has been actively working on international development projects in Brazil since 1980 when he had a one year posting to Fortaleza as a CIDA cooperant. He has continued working with CIDA since that time in a number of capacities. Dr. Littlepage has presented scientific papers at numerous meetings in Brazil as well being an invited speaker at several national and international conferences. He collaborates with WFT in developing artesanal mariculture for various Brazilian states and has extensive experience in this field, including his experience as Program Director for the tier-one CIDA funded Brazilian Mariculture Linkage Program (1996 - 2003) and co-director for the tier-two SOED project with Brazil and Africa.


Kitty Lloyd, B.Sc.

Since earning a degree in marine biology from the University of BC in Vancouver, BC, Kitty has had over 25 years of experience in public education and marine science research, much of this at the Bamfield Marine Station on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC. She has developed educational materials for marine biology curricula, and delivered public lectures and workshops on marine-related topics. While living in Bamfield, Kitty also started the first commercial kelp farm on the BC coast, marketing the dried product to the health food market. Since 1996 Kitty has worked seasonally as a natural history interpreter on boats offering coastal cruises along the BC and Southeast Alaska coasts ( ). Kitty moved to the Victoria, BC area in 1998, and has recently been working with SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, World Fisheries Trust, and Seaquaria in Schools delivering watershed and marine biology programs in local schools. Since 2004 Kitty has also been involved with restoration and conservation efforts along the Gorge Waterway in Victoria, as biologist with the Friends of the Gorge Project, and in collaboration with the Gorge Waterway Initiative.

Kenneth T. MacKay, Ph.D.

Dr. MacKay is a marine biologist with extensive experience in conservation, sustainable fisheries and agriculture. He has worked on the Atlantic coast of Canada, Africa, South-East Asia and the Pacific. He has been Director-General of an International Fisheries Research Institute (ICLARM now called WorldFish); sustainable resource specialist, IDRC; director of a Canadian Environmental Research Laboratory; coordinator for the CIDA funded Canada-South Pacific Ocean Development Program that won the Canadian Development Award for Sustainable Development of Natural Resources. He has most recently been the director of a research institute at the University of the South Pacific. His recent work has focused on community involvement in Marine Protected Areas, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and research and conservation of the endangered marine turtles and sharks in the South Pacific.


John Nelson, Ph.D.

John obtained a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison before moving to Canada in the early 1990`s to apply molecular population genetic techniques to salmon conservation and management for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Shortly after this post-doctoral work, he formed a DNA-services company (SeaStar Biotech) and continues as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria and as a Research Scientist for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. His current research focus is molecular biological oceanography of Arctic zooplankton but he also continues to study the molecular population genetics of a variety of other species. John collaborates with WFT on population genetics projects as well as the training of students and scientists involved in our international activities.


Photo: Stewart LampeCarmen Ross, B.Sc.
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Carmen spent many summers of her youth working on a commercial fishing troller off the coast of Vancouver Island with her father. She has a BSc in Biology, which has formed the basis for her career in fisheries and the environment. Carmen joined WFT in 1996 and was intimately involved in the organizations development. She has been involved in a large variety of stewardship, restoration, public awareness and development projects, ranging from CIDA-funded projects in Brazil to cryopreservation of endangered salmon species around BC, to the development of our educational board game Up The Creek. Carmen has most recently worked as our Projects and Administration Manager, as well as web designer. Carmen has her black belt in karate, is a rock climbing instructor, and recently gave birth to a beautiful son. She currently works for the BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue.


Patricia Summers, M.Sc., PMP

Pat received both her BSc and MSc from the University of Victoria, specializing in plankton biology. She has over 14 years of global project management experience, managing international development projects in Brazil, Thailand and Mozambique. Pat acts as Program Manager for the Division of Technology and International Development, Centre for Global Studies, developing and managing their numerous projects including the CIDA Tier 1 project, Brazilian Mariculture Linkage Program and a Tier 2 project, Southern Oceans Education and Development in Mozambique. She has utilized her community development expertise as a consultant for the BC Cancer Agency, delivering public lectures on health promotion and organizing school-based initiatives. Pat is collaborating with WFT to develop artisanal mariculture in Northeast Brazil. Recently, Pat completed a Masters Certificate in Project Management and was awarded her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in January 2008. In her spare time Pat is an active volunteer supporting a number of worthwhile charities, including acting as the Registration Coordinator (2004-06) and Co-Run Director (2007) for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.


Elaine Ward, M.I.L., LL.B.
Gender and Diversity Specialist

Elaine holds a law degree from the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) and a Masters of Public International Law from Lund University (Sweden). She has specialized and published in human rights and the environment, with a focus on gender and racial equality. Elaine has worked with aboriginal groups in Canada and Greenland, as well as with
community-based Maasai organizations in Tanzania to develop a culturally-sensitive gendered approach to environmental management and land rights. She has worked on our CIDA-Brazil Inland Fisheries project and also developed gender equity and diversity policy guidelines on the use and conservation of aquatic resources in our IDRC Aquatic Resources Development project.   Elaine is currently a gender and development specialist with WFT's IDRC, CIDA-funded project on food security, fisheries and aquaculture in the Bolivian Amazon, acting as a senior program advisor to assist in gender mainstreaming.


Nikki Wright

Nikki Wright has had experience with community organizing for over thirty-five years, marine education for the last eighteen years, and has acted as the Executive Director of a marine community based non-profit society since 1998. SeaChange Marine Conservation Society designs and delivers a variety of programs focused on community based environmental monitoring, restoration, environmental management and environmental education. SeaChange collaborates with WFT on these initiatives. She has also organized community eelgrass mapping for twenty-three coastal conservation groups on the BC coast and serves as Co-Chair for the Seagrass Conservation Working Group (SCWG).