Advisory Board

Amy Singler, Chair
Amy works for American Rivers' River Restoration Program and The Nature Conservancy's Connecticut River Program managing dam removal projects and promoting efforts to improve river restoration in New England. She also leads regional efforts for both programs on culvert and stream crossing policy and implementation. This is her second year chairing the Advisory Board for the conference. Amy has a M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Rochester.
Cathy Bozek
Cathy is an aquatic ecologist at The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. Her work in the Northeast United States focuses on dam removal projects, green infrastructure and stormwater management, and partnership-based watershed restoration. Cathy has a M.S. in Water Resource Management from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in Geology from Colgate University.
Ted Castro-Santos
Ted Castro-Santos is a Research Ecologist at the USGS’ S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center. His research interests center on fish passage, employing an integrative approach and including topics ranging from biomechanics, hydraulics, physiology, and behavior. His work balances field and laboratory components with an emphasis on development of appropriate methods and metrics for understanding and optimizing passage performance. He holds adjunct faculty and advisory positions at the University of Massachusetts and at several other universities worldwide.
Johan Coeck
Johan Coeck is a biologist and head of the aquatic management research group at the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) in Belgium. He has been working on fish species recovery programs, fish migration and fish passage, river management and fisheries monitoring for more than 25 years.
Claudio Comoglio
Claudio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. His research focuses on fish pass design and monitoring and on environmental flows evaluation through mesoscale habitat models.
Andy Don
Andy has spent more than 20 years involved in all aspects of European Eel management including trapping surveys, monitoring the commercial glass eel fishery and assessing river connectivity for this species. This latter has caused Andy to be active in developing novel solutions for eels at obstructions. He is currently a National advisor for the Environment Agency and one of his roles is to ensure that the Eel Regulations are applied consistently and fairly in support of the EU Regulation viz eel passage and migration. He is a participant in and advisor to the Sustainable Eel Group, is an active member of the IUCN’s Anguillid Specialist Sub-Group and has recently been involved in advising on passage and easement solutions in Ireland and the Netherlands. He is a Fellow of the IFM. Andy maintains that his interest in the eel is due to being unable to find a more bizarre species to work with.
Elsa Goerig
Elsa is a PhD student at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Quebec city (Canada). Her work focuses on fish swimming performance and passage success in culverts, mostly through field studies. She also conducts laboratory work on fish kinematics and swimming behavior at the USGS’ S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research center. Elsa has a MSc in earth & water sciences from INRS.
Stina Gustafsson
Stina is a PhD student at Karlstad University (Sweden) in the department of biology. Her work focuses on habitat compensation in nature-like fishways and host fish suitability of the freshwater pearl mussel. Stina has a MSc in Ecology from Umeå University.
Jeroen Huisman
Jeroen Huisman is a researcher-lecturer at the Van Hall Larenstein Applied Sciences University in Leeuwarden, bordering the Wadden Sea. He is working on researching migratory behaviour of migratory fish in relation to performance of intertidal fish passes in the Wadden Sea region. He has been working on fish ecology, fish passes, policy and management issues for more than ten years as an ecologist for the University and a water authority. The cross over between fish ecology, evaluating fish passes and water-infrastructure in relation to management and policy issues in the Wadden Sea region is particular interesting.
Wolfgang Kampke
Wolfgang is a Hydraulic Engineer with the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute of Germany where he is consulting the Federal Water and Shipping Administration in designing fish migration structures. He is also involved in setting up a multi-disciplinary research program on ecological connectivity and fish migration at the Federal Waterways. Wolfgang’s work experience includes physical modeling, laboratory and field studies of fish passage structures and behavioral studies of fish.
Paul Kemp
Paul Kemp is the founding director of the International Centre for Ecohydraulics Research and Director of the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems at the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton. His research interests relate to the application of behavioural ecology to understanding and solving challenges in water engineering. Particular interests relate to how the physical environment (e.g. hydrodynamics and acoustics) influence the behaviour and physiological performance of fish, and how manipulation of that environment by engineering means can be used to mitigate for negative impacts of water resource development. Specific applications include fish pass and screening design, assigning compensation flow regimes, and improving habitat restoration strategies. Paul has extensive experience advising governmental and non-governmental organisations and industry on fish passage and screening, including the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, DEFRA, the Environment Agency, the Scottish Executive, EU, the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources, US regulatory agencies, and Swedish and Brazilian Hydropower Industry.
Martyn Lucas
Dr. Lucas has over 25 years’ research experience in the behavioural ecology of fishes, with particular expertise in aspects of the behavior and ecophysiology of migratory freshwater and diadromous fishes. He has published widely on these topics, including a detailed treatise, Migration of Freshwater Fishes coauthored with Etienne Baras in 2001. He is an expert in fish telemetry. He has been engaged especially in researching the effects of low-head barriers to migration and passage by fishes and, more recently, effects of low-head hydropower on fish. Dr. Lucas is an Associate Professor at Durham University, one of the UK’s oldest universities.
Marc Ordeix
Marc Ordeix (Vic, Catalonia, 1966). Biologist. From 2001, he coordinates the CERM, Center for the Study of Mediterranean Rivers, environmental area of the Ter River Museum, in Manlleu (NE Catalonia). Its purpose is the study, dissemination and preservation of the Ter River and, by extension, other Mediterranean rivers and continental water ecosystems. The CERM is focused on ecological status assessment of rivers and lakes (riparian vegetation, aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish), and assessment of solutions to improve river connectivity for fish and ecological restoration projects of water inner systems. It also drives river conservation projects –riparian vegetation restoration, river habitat restoration and fish migration improvement-, mainly associated to land stewardship agreements. The CERM is also involved on environmental education –it provides training to thousands of students each year- and actively participates in public awareness. It works essentially in the whole of Catalonia, collaborating with universities and other institutions, but also participates in several international projects. For 2014-2018, he is the Scientific coordinator of the LIFE MIGRATOEBRE project (LIFE13 NAT/ES/000237): Fish migration species recovery and sustainable management of the final stretch of the Ebre River.
Javier Sanz-Ronda
Javier is a Hydraulics Professor at the Forestry Engeneering School of Palencia (University of Valladolid, Spain). He has been working in fish passes desing for more than fifteen years. His research focus on fish passes ecohydraulics and evaluation. He also coordinates the scientific group GEA (Applied Ecohydraulics Group).
Erwin Winter
Erwin is a research ecologist at IMARES, Wageningen UR, in the Netherlands. He has been working on mainly fish migration and behaviour of fish in both riverine and marine environments for twenty years now. Most of the studies concern the effects of human activities or anthropogenic structures, such as weirs, dams, hydropower or pumping stations and offshore wind farms on fish populations, often using telemetry or DIDSON techniques. He received his PhD from Wageningen University on a study on the effectiveness of a series of fishways in 2007.