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Michael D. Lee Ph.D.

Dr. Michael D. Lee is a full professor at the California State University East Bay, over the last 22 years he has taught a wide portfolio of upper division and graduate courses related to natural resources, sustainability, and the challenges of the Anthropocene. He has a Ph.D. in Geography from London School of Economics, for his doctoral research he focused in the field of computer simulation modelling of runoff harvesting irrigation systems. Dr. Lee also conducted research on sustainable aquaculture and life-cycle analysis as a basis for policy formulation for aquaculture system expansion in California. At the Pan-American School of Agriculture, he ran the Honduras-portion of a Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Collaborative Research Support Program and was the lead Consultant in a USAID project to develop a national water quality monitoring program for Belize.

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Samuel Appelbaum, Ph.D.

Professor Samuel Appelbaum obtained his B.Sc. at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He has been the Head of the Bengis Center for Desert Aquaculture at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for the last 16 years. He is an eminent leader in the field of brackish water aquaculture and desert aquaculture research and development. Working closely with local collectives (Kibbutzim) and Negev fish farmers, he is responsible for the introduction and expansion of brackish water fish farming in the Negev Desert in southern Israel and is currently researching the efficient and economical aquacultural use of this desert brackish water and its application to the “Integrated aqua/agricultural” farming model. His current research also includes utilization of brine from desalination plants for aquaculture and the reproduction of marine and freshwater species for cultivation in the desert. He has published numerous articles in international scientific journals and chapters in related books.

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Carlos Yanes-Roca, Ph.D.

Dr. Carlos Yanes-Roca has over 14 years working in Aquaculture related topics mainly in Europe, North and South America and Asia. He has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Aquaculture and a B.Sc. Honours degree in Marine Biology. Dr. Yanes-Roca has worked with a variety of species, such as salmon, trout, sea bream, sea bass, common and black snook, red drum, Florida pompano, etc. He works at Mote Marine Laboratory and at the University of South Bohemia in Ceské Budéjovice. His main line of research at Mote focuses on snook larval rearing and husbandry. Dr. Yanes-Roca develops protocols for larval rearing to improve survival for either stock enhancement or commercial production. A significant amount of his research has focused on developing larval rearing methods for common snook in Florida and in Central and South America. His recent field research has focused on dispersal patterns of snook larvae in the wild to identify their movement patterns from hatching until they reach their recruitment areas. He has also studied the adult snook reproductive migrations and patterns in Tampa Bay, as well as in Sarasota Bay.

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