UK Team

Professor Emma Tompkins

Project Lead/Project Management Board – Professor of Geography, Environment and Development, University of Southampton 

Emma Tompkins is a Professor of Geography, Environment and Development, within the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton. 



Professor Jadu Dash

Co-Lead, Work Package 2 Lead,  University of Southampton

Jadu Dash is a Professor in Remote sensing in the School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton, UK.




Lucy Graves 

University of Southampton, Administrator


Professor Robert Marsh

Work Package 1 Lead, (Oceanography), University of Southampton

Professor Marsh is a Physical Oceanographer, with a background in climate science. He uses a combination of computer models and observations to study the oceans and climate, from Equator to poles.




Dr Nikolaos Skliris

Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton

Dr Nikolaos Skliris is a Senior Research Fellow in physical oceanography within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.




Sien van der Plank

Senior Research Assistant to WP2 and WP4, University of Southampton

Sien van der Plank has researched environmental management across conservation, politics, mining and hazard contexts since 2015.




Professor Jack Corbett

Professor of Politics, University of Southampton

Professor Corbett’s research primarily focuses on democratic governance in small states. He is the author of four books, two edited books and more than 60 articles and book chapters.




Miss Yanna Alexia Fidai

PhD Student, University of Southampton

Yanna Fidai’s PhD topic explores the impact sargassum seaweed has on the livelihoods of varying communities across the Tropical Atlantic Basin.




Dr Thierry Tonon

Co-leader of the WP3 “Transformation”; Member of the Project Management Board; Co-I Champion for Publications/Further Funding/Legacy. CNAP, Department of Biology, University of York

Thierry Tonon is a Lecturer in Algal Biology at the University of York. He has ample experience studying various aspects of bacterial and algal physiology and molecular biology, with a focus on primary metabolism.



Dr Carla Botelho Machado

Technician, University of York

Dr Machado is involved in the research at the University of York, which is focused on analysing Sargassum feedstock consistency (WP3).




Ghana Team

Professor Kwasi Appeaning Addo

Project Management Board, Member of WP1 and WP2, University of Ghana

Professor Kwasi Appeaning Addo is the Director for the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies in the University of Ghana.




Philip-Neri Jayson-Quashigah

Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Ghana

Philip-Neri’s research focuses on nearshore coastal dynamics and coastal erosion with the application of remote sensing/GIS and numerical modelling. 




Winnie Sowah

Working on WP3+4, University of Ghana

Sumabe Issahaque

Working on WP3+4, University of Ghana


Jamaica Team

Dr Ava Maxam

Project Management Board  Co-Lead, University of the West Indies (Mona Campus)

Mr Mouyton May

Project Co-ordinator at Mona, University of the West Indies (Mona Campus)

Kaodi McGaw

Co-ordinator, University of the West Indies (Mona Campus)


Professor Mona Kay Webber

Director, The University of the West Indies (UWI) (Mona Campus)

Professor Webber is the Marine Ecosystem Specialist. She is involved in the Biological assessment/identification of Sargassunspecies and types, Field Assessments and Training & Dissemination aspects of the project.




PDRA Biologist, University of the West Indies (Mona Campus)

Ms Ajani Bissick

GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist, University of the West Indies (Mona Campus)

Dr Kerrine Senior

Policy Specialist, University of the West Indies (Mona Campus)


Barbados Team

Dr Janice Cumberbatch

Co-lead WP4, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Dr. Cumberbatch has over 30 years professional experience in participatory research, environmental management, social impact assessment, social planning, heritage tourism management, meeting facilitation and training.  She has also published several articles in the areas of environmental management, climate change, tourism, social planning and sustainable development.



Dr Hazel Oxonford

Co-Lead, University of West Indies (Cave Hill Campus)

PDRA for Hazel OxonfordUniversity of West Indies (Cave Hill Campus)

Catrina Hind

 Project Co-ordinator at CERMES, University of West Indies (Cave Hill Campus)