Fergal McGrath is the Survey Team Leader with Advanced Mapping Services (AMS) at the Marine Institute (MI) in Ireland, contributing to the delivery of the INFOMAR national seabed mapping programme and its associated projects. This work comprises acquisition and delivery of hydrographic, geophysical and habitats data for use in MSP, ORE, and MSFD reporting. His background is in geology and geophysics, with over 25 years combined experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, baseline seabed mapping, and EU funded project management.
Jan Mees is the General Director of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ, Oostende, Belgium) since its establishment in 1999. Trained as a marine biologist and ecologist, he holds an MSc in Zoology, an MSc in Environmental Sanitation, and a PhD in Marine Biology, all from Ghent University, Belgium, where he is part-time Professor. Jan Mees served as elected chair of the European Marine Board from 2014 to 2019 and represents Flanders in the Belgian delegation to the Executive Council and General Assembly of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. His research interests include marine biodiversity, ecology and taxonomy and he is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed publications.
Sofía Mendoza-Castillo is a biologist with Master's degree in Geological Engineering. She is in charge of the Research Department at the Mexican Geological Survey, where she develops several research projects applied to geology.
She has 17 years of experience in the environmental geology, geochemistry, exploration and evaluation of mineral deposits fields, and is a specialist in Geographic Information Systems.
She is the coordinator of the Group of experts in geological heritage of the Association of Iberoamerican Geological and Mining Services (ASGMI). And collaborates with the Group of experts on Marine Geology, currently collaborating in EMODnet Geology project, in the collection and harmonization of marine data from the Caribbean Sea.