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UNCW Global Marine Science Mini-Summit:
Virtual Symposia and Panel Discussion

November 4, 2021

Welcome remarks 
Live UNCW expert presentations 
Live Q&A session 

The UNC Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science was delighted to host the UNCW Global Marine Science Mini-Summit: Virtual Symposia and Panel Discussion as part of this year’s All Blue Week activities. This event, a precursor to the 3rd Global Marine Science Summit scheduled for Spring 2022, featured pre-recorded presentations on blue economy topics given by international scientists and a live panel facilitated by UNCW experts. Presentations related to aquaculture and mariculture, biotechnology and marine pharmaceuticals, coastal resiliency, and recreation and tourism are online (click names below to view speaker info and video presentation). Viewers were invited to post questions for our experts; submitted questions were answered during a public forum to be held 2-4 p.m. on November 4th at the Center for Marine Science. 

Live Q&A and written responses to questions we were unable to get to during the live event can be found here! View international and UNCW expert presentations here.


  • Ken Halanych: Executive Director, Center for Marine Science

Invited International Speakers

  • Aileen Tan Shau Hwai
    Center for Marine and Coastal Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
    Putting Blue Food On The Table

  • Md. Tofazzal Islam
    Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bangladesh
    Harnessing Probiotics and Marine Bioresources for Sustainable Aquaculture in Bangladesh

  • Benjamin Naman
    Ningbo University, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
    From the Ocean to the Clinic – Marine Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals
  • Julian Valderrama
    Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Sede Caribe, Colombia
    Relationships Between Coral Reef Complexity and Ecosystem Services at 
    Caribbean Oceanic Islands, Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, Colombia

UNCW faculty experts 

  • Md. Shah Alam
    Research Associate Professor, Center for Marine Science
    Finfish Mariculture for a Blue Economy: Development of environmentally friendly, cost-effective and nutritionally balanced alternative protein-based diets for high value marine fish culture in recirculating aquaculture system

  • Martin Posey
    Professor of Biology, Department of Biology and Marine Biology
    Shellfish Research at UNCW: From Aquaculture to Shorelines

  • Peter Schuhmann
    Professor of Economics, Cameron School of Business
    Non-Market Valuation of Ecosystem Goods and Services as a Basis for Investment in Blue Economies

  • Thomas Williamson
    Yousry Sayed Distinguished Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Marine Natural Products Drug Discovery at UNCW


The UNCW Global Marine Science Summit is sponsored by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.