Session 3

Tuesday 24 November : 1.15 pm – 2.30 pm


Session Champion and Sponsor

With significant progress being made in the understanding of the ecological role of man-made infrastructure in the marine environment, where do we go next? How can this new information be used to support decision-making around the long -term fate of structures and ensure developers and regulators are ‘doing the right thing’. This session seeks to describe emerging methods and thinking to inform this debate and is aimed at regulators, energy companies (oil and gas and renewables), scientists, NGO’s and practitioners working in the marine environment.


Speakers and Panellists

Wendy Brown
Environment Director
International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP)

Wendy is currently Environment Director for the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), based in London, where her role involves directing the Environment and Decommissioning Committees, and undertaking regulatory advocacy and engagement on behalf of the upstream industry.  She originally trained as a biologist and has 30 years' experience with the oil and gas industry.  Wendy initially worked for 12 years as an environmental consultant, before joining the international energy major TOTAL in 2001 where she has held a variety of positions in environment or sustainable development based in Aberdeen, Calgary and Paris, including leading the global Upstream Environment team at TOTAL’s headquarters until 2017, when she was seconded to IOGP.

Professor Peter Macreadie
Associate Professor of Marine Science

Deakin University
and Chair of NDRI

Associate Professor Peter Macreadie is a marine scientist. His research focuses on understanding and responding to the impacts of global change on aquatic ecosystems (marine and freshwater). He has published 140 papers, including multiple ISI Highly Cited papers. His approach to research is multi-disciplinary, spanning the fields of chemistry, ecology, microbiology, economics, policy, and molecular biology. He is Head of Deakin University's Blue Carbon Lab ( and Chairs the Independent Scientific Advisory Board for the National Decommissioning Initiative. Macreadie is actively involved in translating science into policy and sits on several industry and government advisory panels. He is a proud father of three.

Dr Michael Marnane
Senior Marine Ecologist

Dr Michael Marnane is a Senior Marine Ecologist within the Chevron Technology Centre, based in Perth, Western Australia, where he provides technical advice and leads science and innovation projects to improve operational efficiency and environmental performance. Michael has over 20 years of experience in marine science and environmental management within Australia, Pacific Islands, Asia and Europe. He has led projects on the environmental management of port developments, seismic operations, offshore drilling, marine outfalls and invasive species. Michael is currently leading the development of new technologies to demonstrate the environmental and socioeconomic value of offshore decommissioning alternatives, and is the current Industry Chair of Australia’s National Decommissioning Research Initiative.

Maarten Lobregt
Project Manager
The Rich North Sea, Oyster Restoration Project

Maarten is Project Manager of nature enhancement projects in 3 wind farms at the Rich North Sea Programm in the Netherlands. He is responsible for the stakeholder engagement, contract management, offshore missions and the overall time and quality management of the project. Besides his role at The Rich North Sea, Maarten is working as a project leader for the Moonshot Project Circular Wind by the Dutch Government and is the head organiser of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge. The projects, Maarten is working on are all projects of the company he is working for: ECHT- regie in Transitie. His expertise lays in the offshore and civil works, because of his Civil Engineering Master and his works at Van Oord. His special interest and master thesis is about the multifunctional use of the North Sea space, which he sees as one of the most exciting challenges for the coming years.

Eline van Onselen
Maring Ecologist
The Rich North Sea, Oyster Restoration Project

Eline van Onselen is a marine ecologist, currently working for the North Sea Foundation and The Rich North Sea programme. She has a passion for bringing science and industry together, to create a sustainable future for both nature and the economy. Her studies focused on aquaculture and fisheries, with a specialisation in ecology. After being in a consultancy firm for seven years she felt drawn towards the Rich North Sea Programme to really make a difference in the development of nature based solutions.

Assoc Professor Kristen Ounanian
Centre for Blue Governance
Aalborg University

Dr Kristen Ounanian is an associate professor at Centre for Blue Governance at Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research spans coastal communities in transition and fisheries dependence, Blue Economy initiatives, and ocean governance. Since 2009 she has participated in 6 EU-funded research projects under the Framework7 and H2020 programmes contributing to research and peer-reviewed publications. Dr Ounanian will present work from the MERCES project, an EU H2020 research project of marine ecosystem restoration. In March 2020 she became project coordinator of PERICLES, a project on coastal and maritime cultural heritage, which is also supported through the EU H2020 programme. Dr Ounanian completed dual PhD degrees at Aalborg University (DK) and the University of Rhode Island (US), comparing coastal communities in northern Denmark and New England.