Keynote speakers SOLAS OSC 2022

Theme 1 

Precious Mongwe

Ocean and Climate dynamics

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Cape Town, South Africa

Precious Mongwe is a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He is interested in ocean biogeochemistry, mainly working on the ocean carbon cycle and ocean deoxygenation. Seeking to understand processes that regulate the ocean carbon cycle, the impact of climate change on the ocean CO2 sink and its implications to the biosphere. He recently started working on ocean deoxygenation within the context of marine ecosystems using metabolic theory. He uses ocean circulation models and Earth system models as the main tools to study the earth system.


 Meghan Cronin

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Seattle, USA

Meghan Cronin co-leads the Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS) programme of the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development. A Research Oceanographer at NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, she leads the Ocean Climate Stations group that maintains two Ocean SITES moorings in the North Pacific — the Kuroshio Extension Observatory (KEO) and the NOAA surface mooring at Station Papa. Both monitor the air-sea exchanges of heat, moisture, and momentum, and upper and bottom ocean physical conditions. Partners have sensors on the moorings and nearby to monitor air-sea CO2 fluxes, ocean acidification, wave-induced bubbles, carbon export and other parameters. Meghan is also lead Principal Investigator of a pilot study testing use of Saildrone Uncrewed Surface Vehicles within the Tropical Pacific Observing System.


Minako Kurisu

Research Institute for Marine Resources Utilization

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Yokosuka, Japan

Minako Kurisu got her Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2020. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at Research Institute for Global Change, JAMSTEC, Japan, she is currently a researcher at Research Institute for Marine Resources Utilization, JAMSTEC. She is interested in the cycles of trace metals in the atmosphere and surface ocean. Her research especially focuses on the atmospheric iron (Fe) deposition, including natural and anthropogenic Fe. She has been applied Fe stable isotope ratios and X-ray absorption fine structure analysis for Fe source apportionment and characterization of Fe species in the atmosphere.


 Bingbing Wang

Xiamen University

Xiamen, China

Bingbing Wang received his Ph.D. degree in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, USA. He is interested in atmospheric aerosol and their environmental and climatic impacts. His research focuses on lab simulation and field observation for the characterization, multiphase chemistry, and phase transitions of atmospheric particles from different sources and environments. Recently, his group is working on the physicochemical characteristics of marine related aerosol particles based on single particle analysis and their abilities to serve as ice nuclei and potential parameterizations for cloud modeling.


 Martí Galí

Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM, CSIC)

Barcelona, Spain

Martí Galí is an environmental scientist interested in the interaction between marine plankton and climate, which he studies by means of experimental and sea-going studies, analysis of Earth observation data and models. Over the last 15 years, most of his research has revolved around the biogeochemical cycling of dimethylsulfide (DMS) and related compounds in the upper ocean. He also developed remote sensing algorithms for the estimation of marine DMS emission, which prompted frequent collaboration with atmospheric chemists. Other research areas he is interested in are the biogeochemistry of polar environments and the biological carbon pump. Bio-optics, light-driven processes, microbial ecology and biogeochemical budgets are cross-cutting themes in his research.


 Moagabo Ragoasha

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

Moagabo Ragoasha holds a co-badged PhD in physical oceanography between the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, and The University of Western Brittany, France (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, UBO). After her PhD, she did one year of postdoctoral research at UCT and the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) Egagasini Node before being appointed lecturer in the Department of Oceanography. She has been recognized by the 2020 Mail & Guardian as a Top 200 Young South African in the Science and Technology category. She is currently a New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) lecturer at the Department of Oceanography with research interests including ocean and atmospheric modelling of the South African EEZ, the physical connectivity between Agulhas and the Benguela system, and the anthropogenic influences on the coastal environment.


 Odile Crabeck

Université de Liège

Liege, Belgium

Odile Crabeck received her PhD degree in sea ice biogeochemistry from the Centre of Earth Observation Sciences (CEOS) University of Manitoba, Canada. Her research focuses on the different transport pathways of carbon dioxide through sea ice and the role of sea ice in polar ocean ecosystems. She has worked as a scientific coordinator for the Roland von Glasow-air-sea ice chamber facility at the University of East-Anglia, United Kingdom. In 2020, she was awarded a Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) fellowship to work at the University of Liège, Belgium, on micro-scale processes occurring in the sea ice matrix. Odile is involved in several international working groups, notably BEPSII (Biogeochemical exchange processes at sea-ice interfaces). BEPSII’s objective is to understand the role of sea ice on biogeochemical processes occurring in polar oceans.


 Zouhair Lachkar

Arabian Center for Climate and Environmental Sciences (ACCESS)

New York University Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 

Zouhair Lachkar is a senior scientist at New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, since 2014. He received his Ph.D. from University Pierre and Marie Curie, France, and worked as a research scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, between 2007 and 2014. His research interests are in the areas of climate and marine biogeochemistry. In particular, he has been investigating the marine oxygen and carbon cycles in major upwelling systems and their sensitivity to climate perturbations using a hierarchy of numerical models applied to various regions of the World Ocean, with a recent focus on the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean at large.


 Edem Mahu

Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences

University of Ghana

Legon-Accra, Ghana

Edem Mahu is a Marine Biogeochemist and climate scientist at the Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences of the University of Ghana. Her research interests span Paleoclimatic and environmental reconstructions of marine ecosystems, Marine Pollution (nutrients, microplastics, heavy metals and their fate in the marine environment), understanding redox processes in coastal ecosystems and nature-based solutions. She has received research supports from the IFS, UNESCO-OWSD, the Royal Society, the Meer Wissen Initiative among others. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), a steering committee member of CoastPredict, a co-lead of both EQUISEA and the Global Ocean Corps and Conveyor. She a member of the American Geophyiscal Union among other networks. 


 Nadine Mengis

GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Kiel, Germany

Nadine Mengis is an Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group Leader at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean research Kiel since October 2021. Her project ‘FOOTPRINTS - From carbon removal to achieving the Paris Agreement’s goal: temperature stabilisation’ aims to investigate the Earth systems response to net-zero CO2 pathways. Nadine is trained in climate physics and holds a PhD in Earth system modelling. She worked on the impact of non-CO2 climate forcing agents on the remaining carbon budget, and the assessment of national net-zero solutions, with a focus on carbon dioxide removal and carbon accounting. Since 2021, Nadine is a member of GESAMP WG41, where she contributes to the development of a comprehensive assessment framework for marine climate interventions.