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Our Current Ambassadors

Find out more about our Young Ambassadors, their background and how to get in touch with them.

The European Marine Board Young Ambassador Programme, which was launched in March 2019, currently has 4 active Young Ambassadors. The first 2 Ambassadors started in April 2019, and after a positive evaluation by the EMB Board, the Young Ambassador Programme was expanded with 2 additional Young Ambassadors, who started in March 2020. The programme is now set to continue on a similar basis.

 

The Ambassadors are selected from an open call of applications. The EMB Young Ambassadors engage with EMB for a 2-year period, and then join the EMB Young Ambassadors Alumni.

Read all about their activities and events where you might run into them here.

 

EMB Young Ambassadors 2021-2023

Rebecca Zitoun
EMB Young Ambassador 2021-2023

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Rebecca grew up in Germany, where she obtained a BSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Frankfurt and a MSc in Marine Environmental Science from the Carl Ossietzky University Oldenburg before moving to New Zealand where she received a Postgrad Diploma in Marine Science and a Ph.D in Marine Chemistry from the University of Otago. Her Ph.D project investigated the principles and processes underlying copper speciation in marine ecosystems around New Zealand in an effort to advance current understanding of trace metal biogeochemistry, refine aquatic biogeochemical models, and improve environmental risk assessments for bioactive metals. Rebecca is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ), an EMB Member Organisation in the Netherlands. Her postdoctoral project focuses on trace metal chemistry in the High Latitude North Atlantic to examine the linkages between phytoplankton physiology and biogeochemistry in this climate relevant region. Find her on ResearchGate and LinkedIn.

Anjali Gopakumar
EMB Young Ambassador 2021-2023

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Anjali Gopakumar holds a BTech in Biotechnology from VIT University, India, and an MSc in the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programme: International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea). Currently, she is working as a Cotutelle PhD student at University of Bologna (Italy) - an EMB Member Organisation via CoNISMa - and Macquarie University (Australia), investigating the ecosystem functions and services of restored salt marshes in urban seascapes. She will be focussing on the impacts of restoration on microbial communities and biogeochemical fluxes in salt marshes in the Venetian lagoon in Italy, and in the estuaries of New South Wales in Australia. You can find her on Twitter, ResearchGate and LinkedIn.

 

EMB Young Ambassadors 2020-2022

Natalija Dunić
EMB Young Ambassador 2020-2022

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Natalija Dunić has a MSc in Physics from University of Split, Croatia, and a PhD in Geophysics from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her PhD research was conducted at EMB Member the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Split (IZOR), where she investigated the Adriatic Sea thermohaline circulation using several regional climate models. Currently, she is undertaking a postdoctoral programme at IZOR granted by the Ministry of Science and Education in Croatia, in which her main research will be the impact of different climate change scenarios on the Adriatic Sea thermohaline properties, the latter conditioning the life of marine habitants, in particular of those who have low tolerance levels for temperature and salinity changes. You can find her on ResearchGate and LinkedIn.

 

Alessandro Cresci
EMB Young Ambassador 2020-2022

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Alessandro Cresci has a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) at the University of Miami, FL, USA. His PhD project investigated the most mysterious aspects of the migratory behavior of early-life stages of European eels and other species of fish. Specifically, his work focused on the role of the Earth's magnetic field and celestial cues in the orientation of fish. He grew up in the south of Italy, where he obtained his M.Sc. in Marine Biology and his B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the Federico II University of Naples. Alessandro is currently working on a postdoctoral project at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), an EMB Member Organization in Norway, focusing on the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on migratory behavior of fish, with special focus on Offshore Wind Farms (OWFs). He is also a member of the EMB working group on Underwater Noise. Find him on Twitter, ResearchGate and on Fishlarvae.org.