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Scientific Advisor Council


Martin Medina
Martin Medina is interested in the areas of paleoclimatology and paleoceanography with emphasis on past climate reconstruction of tropical and subtropical regions. His research aims to understanding atmospheric and oceanographic responses to climate forcings and feedbacks on short and long time scales. Currently, Martin is involved with four main lines of research: (i) Plio-Pleistocene climate evolution of the equatorial Pacific, (ii) Quaternary sea level change (iii) paleoclimate reconstruction in Mexico and Central America, and (iv) paleo-climate sensitivity. His technical expertise is in geochemical proxies of ocean and climate change, including foraminiferal Mg/Ca-Paleothermometry and stable isotopes. Also Martin has experience working with various paleoclimate archives including corals, marine and lake sediments, and stalagmites. Most recently, He has developed hydrological models for quantitative interpretation of paleoclimate records from the Gulf of México and Caribbean regions. Finally, He has worked in studies concerned with impacts of oil platforms and refineries in Mexico due to operational and accidental spillage of hydrocarbons and trace elements to marine and terrestrial environments.

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Matt Atwood
Mr. Atwood is an accomplished technologist and renewable energy executive that currently serves as President & CEO of Algae Systems, LLC. He founded Algae Systems in 2008 and is responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as leading the company’s technology development and growth strategies. Matt believes that waste is either a verb or misused resource, and focuses his efforts on the development of carbon-negative energy production, and energy-producing water technologies. Drawing from backgrounds in synthetic organic chemistry, thermochemical engineering, water and information technologies, he focuses on systems design and integrative architecture of infrastructure and energy systems.Matt is also an artist and community organizer, with an extensive experience in non-profit management, having serve as national chairman of one of the largest student non-profits in the US, and serving as Executive Director an board member to several diverse non-profit organizations.

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Sabre M. Duren
Sabre Duren has over 13 years of experience working on numerous projects related to the improvement of natural water resources, including identifying contamination sources, remediation alternative assessments, and implementation of sustainable best management practices (BMPs). She has extensive experience in watershed, water quality, and hydrology assessments.Her background experience includes: developing and implementing field studies; water supply and river operations; water quality monitoring; conducting conservative tracer experiments; acid mine drainage; climate change adaptation; wetland restoration; total daily maximum load (TMDL) analysis; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting; Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance; laboratory procedures; and data analysis. During this time, She has educated the public and stakeholders on the scientific processes governing the integrity of their watersheds and recommended strategies to protect and improve the water quality for aquatic health and drinking water supplies.

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Tobias Aguirre
As Executive Director, Tobias sets the conservation vision and organizational strategy for FishWise. His work with retail industry executives, trade associations, and NGO leaders, seeks to build a collaborative approach to conservation that results in effective business and improved environmental performance. To that end, Tobias serves on many advisory bodies and committees, including the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s Environmental Stakeholder Committee, the Food Marketing Institute’s Sustainable Seafood Committee Advisory Council, the Steering Committee of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, and Fair Trade USA’s Fisheries Advisory Council.Drawing from these diverse multi-stakeholder efforts, Tobias develops innovative solutions for FishWise business partners, while forging new ground in the complex world of seafood sustainability. He is also a frequent speaker at leading industry events, such as FMI’s Sustainability Summit and the International Boston Seafood Show. Tobias holds degrees from Stanford University and UCSD’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, where he specialized in nonprofit management and business strategy and was named a Schoepflin Fellow for his work on sustainable fisheries.

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Hal Myers
Hal Myers holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, and a Doctorate in Experimental Medicine from McGill University. Since 1975, he has both designed and supervised the development of a wide range of sophisticated data acquisition and biofeedback instrumentation for Thought Technology Ltd. of which he is co-founder and President.He devotes his time to new product development, regulatory affairs, and all the issues related to jointly running what is currently a 50+ person company. He also enjoys working with clinicians to discuss new applications and protocols, and is very interested in future technological trends. As such, he is on the board of directors of 109th Foundation – the prior not for profit Singularity University board. He is an accomplished photographer and enjoys a wide variety of sports including: mountain biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, rowing, etc.

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Robert Henrikson
Robert Henrikson is CEO of Smart Microfarms, offering scalable microalgae growing systems for greenhouses, home, school and community gardens, and urban, rooftop and vertical farms to grow high value food that is local, sustainable and profitable. For 35 years Robert has been an entrepreneur in algae, bamboo and natural resources. A pioneer in algae production and marketing, he was founder and director of Earthrise Farms, world’s largest spirulina algae farm. For 20 years as President of Earthrise Company, he promoted Earthrise® Spirulina and superfood products in 30 countries. Founded the International Algae Competition in 2010 to foster new algae food and energy systems for our future. Consultant and advisor to investors, management and companies in algae ventures. Presents at conferences, writes for industry media and has produced over 20 educational videos.

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