Kristina M. Gjerde

Senior High Seas Advisor, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme 

Portrait Dr. K. Gjerde

Dr. Kristina M. Gjerde J.D. is Senior High Seas Advisor to IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme. She received her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law with a focus on comparative and international law and practiced admiralty law for several years in a New York City law firm. For the past 30 or so years, she has focused on the nexus of law, science and policy relevant to sustaining marine biodiversity. She has co-founded four science-policy partnerships: the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, the Sargasso Sea Project, the High Seas Alliance and the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI). In addition to advancing a new UN treaty for marine life beyond boundaries, Gjerde has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and serves on the advisory board of many ocean-related initiatives. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences, an adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Antje Boetius

Director, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany

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Daniel Dunn

Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland, Australia

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Karen Evans

Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Tasmania

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Diego Sancho Gallegos

Surf Conservation Data Coordinator, Save The Waves Coalition (STW), Costa Rica

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Kristina M. Gjerde

Senior High Seas Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Marine and Polar Programme, USA

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Reinhold Hanel

Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology (TI-FI) in Bremerhaven, Germany

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Sheila Heymans

Executive Director, European Marine Board, Belgium

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Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Director, The German Development Institute (DIE)/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

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Anna Jöborn

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), Sweden

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Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host, Germany

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David Obura

Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa

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Simone Pennafirme

Manager, Marine Life Center, Secretariat for Environment of the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro

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J. Murray Roberts

Professor, University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences & Head, Changing Oceans Research Group & Coordinator, European Horizon 2020 iAtlantic Project, Scotland

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Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, France

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Jens Schiffers

Scientific Officer, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

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Jörn Schmidt

Chair, Science Committee, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Denmark

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Mirja Schoderer

Reseacher, The German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

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Jacqueline Uku

President, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), Kenya

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Sebastian Unger

Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

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Anya Waite

CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada

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Dixon Waruinge

Coordinator, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, Kenia

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Andrea Weiss

Science Officer, German Environment Agency, Germany