Andrè Punt (School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington – USA)
André Punt is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University Washington, Seattle, USA and the currently the Director of the School. He received his B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Before joining the University of Washington, Dr Punt was a Principal Research Scientist with the CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research in Australia. Dr. Punt has been involved in stock assessment and fisheries management for over 30 years and has been recognized for his contributions in this area with awards from CSIRO, the University of Washington, the Australian Society for Fish Biology, and the American Fisheries Society. The research undertaken by Dr. Punt and the MPAM (Marine Population and Management) group at the University of Washington relates broadly to the development and application of fisheries stock assessment techniques, bioeconomic modelling, and the evaluation of the performance of stock assessment methods and harvest control rules using the Management Strategy Evaluation approach. Currently, projects that Dr. Punt is undertaking with his research group include ecosystem modelling, assessment and management methods for data-poor methods, and understanding the impact of climate change and environmental variation on the performance of assessment and management methods. Dr. Punt has conducted stock assessments for a wide range of species, ranging from anchovies and sardines, to groundfish, tunas, and cetaceans.
Dr. Punt has published over 350 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, along with over 400 technical reports. He was a member of a National Research Council panel on evaluating the effectiveness of fish stock rebuilding in the United States. Dr Punt is currently a member of the Scientific and Statistical Committee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the advisory committee for Center for the Advancement of Population Assessment Methodology, the Crab Plan Team of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission.

Kim de Mutsert (Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University – USA)
Kim de Mutsert is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University, and the Associate Director of the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC). She received her M.Sc. in Biology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and her Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at Louisiana State University, USA. She has 20 years of experience in fish ecology in marine, estuarine and freshwater environments. Dr. de Mutsert is especially interested in studying effects of environmental and anthropogenic stressors on nekton community structure and food web dynamics in coastal ecosystems. In current projects she develops Ecospace models to evaluate effects of hypoxia and large-scale restoration projects on fish and fisheries, advance ecosystem-based fisheries management, and support environmental impact assessments. She is an early-career research fellow with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She is a member of the Virginia Alosa Task Force, the River Herring Technical Expert Working Group, the Executive Board of the Ecopath Research and Development Consortium, the Executive Committee of Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System, the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, and the Steering Committee of the Chesapeake Community Modeling Program. She has served as a Subject Editor of Ecological Modelling, and is currently an Associate Editor of the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. As Associate Director of PEREC she focuses on Potomac River restoration and local sustainability practices, and leads a monitoring program used to evaluate effects of wastewater treatment plants on the fish community in the freshwater tidal environment and the spawning populations of anadromous fishes. She teaches several courses at George Mason University focused on aquatic sciences and fish ecology.