ACOM bios

ACOM bios

Get to know the members of our Advisory Committee (ACOM)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ACOM leadership

Colm Lordan, ACOM Chair

Prior to taking the helm of ACOM, Colm was based at Marine Institute in Galway, Ireland for more than two decades, working to develop the best available integrated scientific advice, evidence and information for decision-makers. He worked closely with government departments and stakeholders to communicate the advice and to ensure that the scientific advice, underpinning data and evidence address their needs.

Colm has been involved in ICES assessment and advice work since 1999, chairing over 20 expert groups. He was a member of ACFM in the early 2000s and ACOM Vice-Chair between 2018 and 2021. 

He has a broad range of research interests and over 100 publications on topics including mixed fisheries, Nephrops, cephalopods, spatial fishing activities, industry data collection, and reference points.

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Dorleta Garcia, ACOM Vice-Chair

As ACOM Vice-Chair Dorleta oversees advisory processes focusing on fishing opportunities advice, mixed fisheries and fisheries management strategy evaluation. She also contributes to further integration of fisheries advice into ecosystem-based management advice.

Her main scientific areas of interest are stock assessment and management, fleet dynamic modelling and mixed fisheries advice, bio-economic modelling, management strategy evaluation, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, and statistical data analysis. She has been actively involved in ICES working groups for more than 15 years as stock coordinator and contributing to the development of mixed fisheries advice framework, among others.


Simon Jennings, ACOM Vice-Chair

As an ACOM Vice-Chair, Simon helps to oversee and develop advisory processes focusing on ecosystem services and effects, and ecosystem-based management.

Simon began to participate in ICES after joining the Working Group on Ecosystem Effects of Fishing Activities​, over 20 years ago. Since that time, he has been fortunate to participate in and to chair a range of expert groups as well as the then Advisory Committee on Ecosystems and, more recently, the Science Committee. Through much of this time, Simon was also active as a research scientist addressing ecosystem, environment, and fisheries topics. Today, he mainly facilitates scientific research, alongside his advisory work.


​Joanne Morgan, ACOM Vice-Chair

Joanne is one of the ACOM Vice-Chairs overseeing advisory processes focusing on fishing opportunities advice, and the benchmark process, as well as contributing to further integration of fisheries advice into ecosystem-based management advice.

She has 30 years of experience as a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including stock assessment and provision of advice on groundfish stocks nationally (Canada) and internationally (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization [NAFO]). Her research focus is on the ecology and productivity of fish populations, which will give much needed background as ICES continues to move towards an ecosystem approach. She has a long history of involvement with ICES including many years on ACOM.


Henn Ojaveer, ACOM Vice-Chair

As ACOM Vice-chair, Henn has a responsibility to oversee the delivery and further development of ecosystem, fisheries and aquaculture overviews, viewpoints and further advancement of ICES knowledge base for ecosystem-based management.

His main scientific interests are related to biology, ecology, assessment and management of non-indigenous species, but also studies in temporal dynamics of intermediate and upper trophic levels of marine ecosystems in relation to natural and human factors. Henn has previously chaired ICES Strategic Initiative on Biodiversity Advice and Science (SIBAS) and Human Activities, Pressures and Impacts Steering Group (HAPISG). He is involved in the UN World Ocean Assessment II and IPBES Invasive Species Assessment.

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​​Nationally nominated ACOM members

Els Torreele, Belgium

Els is the head of the Fisheries Biology research group at the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) in Ostend, Belgium. She is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Belgian Data Collection Framework (DCF). One of the main tasks of her research group is the coordination, organization and implementation of the data collection on biological and socio-economic data, fisheries dependent & independent data, including the recreational fisheries and bycatch. Outcomes of her research are intended to support advice on fisheries management and on ecosystem-based management. 


Marie-Julie Roux, Canada

Marie-Julie is a research scientist at the Maurice-Lamontagne Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Her areas of expertise are aquatic ecology, ecosystem approaches to fisheries, data-limited stock assessment and scientific communication. She has conducted research in the Canadian Arctic, South Atlantic and South Pacific, working across scales from local artisanal to regional and high seas fisheries. Her current role focuses on the incorporation of climate change and ecosystem considerations in the formulation of scientific advice for marine resource use.

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Vanessa Trijoulet, Denmark

Bio coming soon.


​​Robert Aps, Estonia

Robert is a Senior Research Fellow in ecology at the Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu. He is also acting as the head of Marine Systems Department at the institute. He is supervising the systems theoretic approach based sustainability science developments by focusing on the interactions between natural and social systems, and how those interactions affect the challenge of sustainability. This transdisciplinary research incorporates the processes, methodologies, knowledge and goals of stakeholders from science, industry and politics and is contributing to science-policy interfaces and social processes where the exchange between scientists, decision makers and stakeholders takes place.

Robert was the Estonian Delegate to ICES Council in 19982018 and, since 2019, the Estonian representative to ACOM.


Youen Vermard, France
Bio coming soon.


Jari Raitaniemi, Finland

Jari is a Senior Scientist at the Natural Research Institute of Finland (Luke). His main research interests include pelagic (mostly herring) and coastal fish species in the northernmost Baltic Sea (mainly the Finnish coast and nearby sea areas) with emphasis on economically valuable species or those that have potential to be economically valuable. His research also focuses on the methods and validity of fish age determination.


​Christopher Zimmermann, Germany

Christopher is the head of the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries in Rostock, Germany. Thünen is a Federal Research Institute dealing with rural areas, forestry and fisheries. Chris is specifically interested in innovative approaches to fisheries management and the communication of scientific advice to stakeholders and a wider public. His background is in ecophysiology of fishes of Polar Seas, acoustic surveys and assessment of pelagic fish. He is also one of the German Delegates to ICES.


Bjarki Thor Elvarsson, Iceland

Bjarki is a senior scientist at the Demersal Division of the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, Iceland. Currently he is the project manager of the advisory process within the institute and is reponsible for presenting the advice to stakeholders. Bjarki's research focuses mainly on quantitative population modeling and development of assessment tools.


Maurice Clarke, Ireland

Maurice has more than 25 years' experience in marine science and advice and 20 years as a programme manager at the Irish Marine Institute. His background is in fish ecology, then working on assessment (single stocks and for biodiversity concerns). Advising managers and stakeholders, he has interacted with national and international governmental agencies, various RFMOs, non-governmental organisations, and the seafood and energy sectors. Maurice maintains a research interest in ecology, including marine historical ecology, management strategies, and assessment methods, with over 30 peer-reviewed publications.  He has led several assessment WGs, ACOM groups, theme sessions, and symposia in ICES, having been an ACOM member from 2010 to 2018. 

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Didzis Ustups, Latvia

Didzis is the Head of Fish Resource Research Department in the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment (BIOR) in Riga, Latvia. In his research, he's interested in the understanding of ecosystem functioning of the Baltic Sea and its coastal rivers. Didzis has been involved as a fishery expert in the development of maritime spatial planning on the national and pan-Baltic levels.


Linas Ložys, Lithuania

Linas is the Head of Laboratory of Fish Ecology at the Nature Research Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. The laboratory is the premier research group with expertise on marine and coastal freshwater as well as inland fish communities in Lithuania. The laboratory is involved in research and monitoring to fulfil Lithuania's obligations regarding species and habitat protection in accordance with EU directives or other international conventions. It also provides scientific advice for sustainable exploitation and management of fish stocks. Arising from intensive development of various industries and economic activities that affect aquatic ecosystems, the laboratory assesses their impacts and development plans for mitigating the effects on fish stocks, as well as facilitating the recovery of already affected stocks. 

Linas' research focuses, among other fish species, on European eel, percid fish population dynamics, and their behavioral and physiological responses to changing environment.


Thomas Brunel, the Netherlands

Thomas is a senior fisheries scientist at Wageningen Marine Research, with expertise in stock assessment and management strategy evaluation. He is active in various areas for the world (ICES, CECAF, GFCM, IOTC). He also has a keen interest in understanding the combined influences of environmental factors and commercial fishing on the productivity of fish stocks and their resilience, applying various data analysis and modelling approaches. 


Bjarte Bogstad, Norway 

Bjarte is senior scientist at the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway where he works in the Demersal Fish section, and has been the Norwegian member to ACOM since 2019.

His scientific work focuses on stock assessment and trophic interactions including diet studies, and his research has focused on the main fish stocks in the Barents Sea, in particular cod and capelin. He has previously chaired ICES Arctic Fisheries Working Group and co-chaired the Working Group on Multispecies Assessment Methods. He also provides advice to Norwegian authorities on fisheries management and takes part in negotiations on annual fisheries agreements between Norway and other countries.


Jan Horobwy, Poland

Jan is the head of the Department of Fishery Resources at National Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Gdynia, Poland. The role of the department is to provide scientific basis for rational exploitation of fishery resources and to provide advice on fish stock management. Jan's research interests focus on ecological modelling, quantitative population dynamics including multispecies interactions, fish stocks assessment and management, and interactions of fish and parasites. Recently he has been working on biological reference points related to MSY, taking into account environmental influences and data-limited situations. 


Ivone Figueiredo, Portugal

Bio coming soon.

​​Francisco Velasco, Spain

Francisco is Senior Researcher at the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) in Santander, Spain. Currently he is the Chief Scientist of the programme on assessment of Fishery Resources in ICES Area, coordinating the team of IEO scientists working in these matters. He is also the lead scientist on the Spanish Bottom trawl surveys in the Northeastern Atlantic, northern Iberian shelf and Porcupine surveys, and has been a member of ICES International Bottom Trawl Survey Working Group (IBTSWG) since 2002. He has worked on fish trophic relationships of demersal fish, marine ecology, deep fisheries, and biodiversity conservation.

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Massimiliano Cardinale, Sweden

Masimiliano has extensive experience in marine fisheries stock assessment and management and international cooperation in the fisheries ecology sector with more than 20 years of professional​ experience in the field of fisheries biology and ecology and the management of fisheries at national regional and global levels. He is currently Associate Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU), and he has more than 120 publications on international journals, including books, on numerous aspects of fisheries ecology as stock assessment, modelling and analysis of historical data but also bird migration ecology and ecophysiology.


Ewen D. Bell, United Kingdom

Bio coming soon.

Scott Large, USA
Scott leads the Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment Branch at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA-Fisheries). His research group aims to incorporate climate change and ecosystem considerations into the fish advice process - including single-species models, risk assessments, ecosystem threshold analyses, and full end-to-end ecosystem models. Prior to his time at NOAA-Fisheries, Scott was a Professional Officer with ICES Advice Department and focused on Fishery Overviews and North Sea stocks. 


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