Tsuyoshi Sasaki / 佐々木剛

  Dr. Tsuyoshi Sasaki is currently a professor of the Department of Ocean Policy and Culture and a research fellow of Marine Science at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan. Dr. Sasaki obtained his Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from Tokyo University of Fisheries in 2004. His research interests are in the areas of  Program Planning, Development and Evaluation, Public Issues Education, Fisheries Education, Integrated Coastal Management, Community Development and Capacity Building, Process of Learning  Development and so on. Dr. Sasaki is an instructor of multiple courses on Aquatic Marine and Environmental Education at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been extensively engaged in Aquatic Marine Environmental Education, in which Forest-River Ocean Relatedness is highlighted. Dr. Sasaki has served as the chair of Asia Marine Educators Association (AMEA) since 2015 and was the conference chair of the IPMEN 2014 in Japan. Dr. Sasaki was awarded with the Gold Medal Prize of Japan Resilience Awards in 2016 and the recipient of the President’s Award of the National Marine Educators Association in 2013.  Most of his work can be found on the website: http://jamee.info/lab/HOME.html. You may contact him via email: t-sasaki@kaiyodai.ac.jp.

Kwang-Tsao Shao / 邵廣昭

  Dr. Shao is an adjunct research fellow at Biodiversity Research Center and the Director of Systematics and Biodiversity Informatics Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. At the 2018 IPMEN conference, he will give a talk, titled ‘Marine Conservation Education Needs An Open Database- On Taiwan’s Experience’. Dr. Shao acquires his Ph.D. from the Department of Ecology & Evolution State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. His research interests include Systematics of Marine Fishes (including larvae and eggs and the molecular identification) and Fish Community Studies/ Ecosystem Modelling/ Fish database. Dr. Shao was the Director of the Institute of Marine Biology at National Taiwan Ocean University and the Director of the Institute of Zoology (now the Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology), Academia Sinica. His research focus can be summarized as the study of biodiversity of Taiwan’s fishes. Taiwan Fish Database (http://fishdb.sinica.edu.tw/eng/shao.php) is a substantial result of Dr. Shao’s and his colleagues’ collaborative efforts. Dr. Shao is not only a scientist but also a marine conservation educator. In addition to the author of numerous scientific articles and books, he also publishes many articles and books (textbook and popular writing) on marine conservation. Most of his work can be seen on the website of Taiwan Fish Database (http://fishdb.sinica.edu.tw/eng/shao.php; including English pages). You may contact Dr. Shao via email: zoskt@gate.sinica.edu.tw.

Michael Spranger

  Dr. Michael Spranger is currently a professor of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences and also the Community Development Extension Specialist at University of Florida. Dr. Mike obtained his Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from Portland State University in 1999. His current interests are in the area of community development and capacity building, civic engagement, and community resiliency with particular emphasis on the role of arts, humanities and design in post-disaster communities. He has been coordinator, trainer, or presenter of more than 400 national, regional, state, regional and country conferences, short course, and workshops in areas of community and economic development, civic engagement, program planning and evaluation, marine and aquatic education, land use planning, natural resource management, energy, climate change, and policy analysis. Dr. Mike has served as the Planning Committee and Consultant of National Marine Educator Association (NMEA) Annual Meeting and the Co-Chair of NOAA/Sea Grant Global Change Educational Committee. He was awarded with the Distinguished Service Award of the National Sea Grant Association in 2014. Most of his work can be found on the website: https://fycs.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/mike-spranger/ . You may contact him via email: spranger@ufl.edu .

Sylvia Spalding

  Ms. Sylvia Spalding is currently the communications officer at the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the manager of The East Place, a legacy family farm located in Iowa, USA. The WPRFMC is the first U.S. Regional Fishery Management Council to prohibit drift gill-net fishing, develop an ecosystem-based fishery management plan, and pioneer the use of the satellite monitoring system for fishing vessels, which is now implemented in fisheries worldwide. Ms. Spalding acquired a master’s degree in English (with focus on pedagogy) from the University of Iowa and a bachelor ‘s degree in journalism (with focus on animal science) from the University of Hawaii. Over the past few decades, Ms. Spalding has been dedicated to using journalism and education as an integrative approach to promoting sustainable fisheries, traditional knowledge and marine conservation. Ms. Spalding was the recipient of the 2009 James Centorino Award received from the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), USA. She was the chair of the OCEANIA chapter of NMEA and is the co-chair of the NMEA Traditional Knowledge Committee. She was the chair of the inaugural IPMEN Conference in 2007. Ms. Spalding publishes works on marine conservation and education in different genres, including articles and videos. You may contact her via email: sylvia.spalding@wpcouncil.org.

Yong Ma / 馬勇

  Dr. Yong Ma is currently a professor of marine education at Ocean University of China, China. Dr. Ma obtains his Ph.D. in Environment Planning and Management from Ocean University of China. He serves as the research committee chair of Asia Marine Educators Association, the director of Marine Education Research Office at the Center for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, Ocean University of China, and the executive chief editor of Journal of Higher Education Research published by Ocean University of China. He is actively engaged in multiple research projects, including one on university teaching reform of Shandong Province, another on the marine environment education system in China, and the others as well. Dr. Ma is an author and co-author of multiple books and articles. His publication includes Introduction to Marine Education (2017) and Basic Comparison and Reference of Chinese and Japanese Marine Interdisciplinary Education: A Case Study between Ocean University of China and University of Tokyo (co-authored with the other, 2016). At the 2018 IPMEN conference, he will give a talk, titled “The Construction of 100 Marine Awareness Education Bases in China”. Dr. Ma’s publications can be found on the website:https://goo.gl/dtuHW6. You may contact him via email:  mayong@ouc.edu.cn.

Chin-Kuo Wu/ 吳靖國

  Dr. Wu is currently a professor at the Institute of Education and Teacher Education Center of National Taiwan Ocean University. On behalf of Taiwan Marine Education Forum, he will give a talk, titled ‘The System Development for Cultivating Marine Education in Taiwan’ at the conference. Dr. Wu acquires his Ed.D. from the Department of Education at National Taiwan Normal University. He serves as the education and training committee chair of Asia Marine Educators Assosiation and was the former director of Taiwan Marine Education Center at National Taiwan Ocean University. He once held a position at the Institute of Technical and Vocational Education of National Yunlin University of Science and Technology and was a commissioner at the Department of Technical and Vocational Education of Ministry of Education, Taiwan. He was also a qualified school teacher in the level of primary education. His research area and specialty include: Marine Education and Educational Philosophy. He is an author of multiple books and numerous journal articles on marine education, including Marine Education: Teaching by Marine Stories (in Chinese) and ‘Establishing a Sustainable Mechanism for Promoting Marine Education in Primary and Secondary Schools’ (in Chinese). His publications can be found on his website (in Chinese). You may contact him via email at wuckuo@email.ntou.edu.tw

The latest update:07/18/2018