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Live below water

This Working Group focuses on the opportunities provided by the ocean to promote human health and well-being and the danger to human health of ocean pollution.


Dr. Philip Landrigan, MD

Director, Global Public Health Program and Global Pollution Observatory Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, Boston University.

Dr. Lora Fleming

Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health and chair of oceans, epidemiology and human health at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Michael Depledge

Professor Michael Depledge CPE, Founding member of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, and Professor of Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter

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John Stegeman

John Stegeman

Senior Scientist in Biology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Cinnamon Carlarne

Professor and leading expert in environmental law and climate change law and policy. Moritz faculty, previously assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Harold Woods Research Fellow in Environmental Law at Wadham College, Oxford. Book on comparative climate change law and policy with Oxford University Press; and a forthcoming textbook on seas, society, and human well-being.

David Kamp

Author, speaker, academic and international leader in healthcare and landscape design. Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Cofounder of the Center for Design and Health at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Patrick Rampal

President of the Scientific Center of Monaco; Gastroenterology Professor; former President of the French Society of Gastroenterologists

Ursula Scharler

Associate Professor at the School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Current chair of the South African NMO committee to IIASA, co-chair of the Global Ocean’s Global Seamount Initiative, past representative to the South African Network for Ocean and Coastal Research (SANCOR)

Bruce Maycock

Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Academic Consortium of Public Health (APACPH); Honorary Professor, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, College of Medicine and Health at the University of Exeter; Head, School of Public Health Faculty of Health Sciences Curtin University, Australia; WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Impact Assessment.

Dr. Timothy A. Bouley

Medical doctor and environmental scientist. He is the co-founder of Emergent Ocean and CEO of BioFeyn Biotechnology. He previously led programs at World Bank on climate change, health, infectious disease, oceans, and fisheries. Researcher at UCSF, US Nat Acad of Sciences, World Health Organization. Degrees from Oxford, Duke, Harvard, and Tufts.

Pál Weihe

Led the Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health in the Faroe Islands and, for part of this period, as Medical Director of the Faroese Hospital System. He also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Faroe Islands, a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark.

Dr. Lilian Corra

Medical doctor with a strong commitment to environmental education and protection. She is the director of the Medical Specialist Program on Health and Environment in the School of Medicine at University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.