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Ambassador Alumni Programme

After completing their two-year term on the EMB Young Ambassador Programme, our former Ambassadors join the Ambassador Alumni.

The EMB Young Ambassador Alumni Programme enables former Ambassadors to retain contact and engagement with EMB, as well as with current Ambassadors and other Alumni, in a more informal setting. Every year, the Alumni elect one member to serve as Alumni Representative and represent them at EMB Plenary meetings, and provide updates on their activites and progress. EMB also continues to provide visibility to the activities of the Alumni, and both EMB and the Alumni can benefit from the ongoing contact.

The Ambassador Alumni Representative for 2021 is Liam Lachs.


Where are they now?

EMB Young Ambassadors 2019-2021

Alba González Vega is working towards completing her PhD in Oceanography and Global Change (ULPGC), developing her research the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), an EMB member. She is working on a multidisciplinary study of the submarine volcano Tagoro (Canary Islands, Spain), which erupted in 2011 and still remains active in a degassing stage. Her work intends to assess the impact of the hydrothermal emissions from this shallow volcano on the physical, chemical and biological properties of the local marine environment. She is also a member of the EMB working group on Marine Geohazards. You can find her on Google Scholar here.

Liam Lachs is working towards completing his PhD on how climate change affects corals and coral reefs. Specifically he is exploring the demographics of coral populations, creating predictive models of coral bleaching in partnership with NOAA, and is testing the scaling-up potential of assisted evolution as a method of coral reef restoration. This work is a part of the ERC project CORALASSIST at Newcastle University and is funded by EMB member NERC. He is also a member of the EMB working group on Coastal Resilience. You can find him on Google Scholar here.