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MDL Docents/Instructors

Former students of exceptional merit have stepped forward to help with training.  We are beginning to formalize this by naming "docents" listed here.  Most of these folks have already taken the MDL materials home and offered local training.  Even if you do not need any formal training, you can refer questions to the docents for answers in your own language.
Lilian (Lica) Anne Krug
  • Oceanographer (Federal University of Paraná- Brazil) with a Masters in Remote Sensing (National Institute for Space Research- Brazil)

  • Post-graduate study:  Observational Oceanography (NF-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography; Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)

  • Currently enrolled in the PhD programme in Marine, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Algarve (Portugal).

  • Honored with a POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship for 2014

  • "I have experience in satellite data application on coastal and oceanographic studies and my main research interests are spatial and temporal series analysis of ocean-atmosphere interaction, climate variability and their impacts on ocean primary productivity and marine and coastal ecosystems. Really passionate on how to properly organize and manage all these data."

  • Languages: Portuguese and English (has prepared course materials in Portuguese)

  • Email: licakrug <at>

Lica actually began helping students in her first DM course at BIOS in 2010; as a teacher, she's a complete natural.  I grabbed her immediately and she's been helping in classes ever since.  MB

John Bemiasa
  • 2009: Tulear University, Marine Sciences and Fishery Institute. Defense Thesis: Oceanography and Fishery. Theme: “Traditional fishery dynamic on Anchovy, Octopus and Squid in the South West of Madagascar: use of oceanographic tools for resources management”. 

  • 1998- 2009:  UNESCO/IOC/IODE/Odinafrica, Ocean Data Management.  My first training course was started on ocean data management in the framework of the Odinea Project during the period 1998-2001, followed by the 2nd and 3rd phases of the project (Odinafrica II and III) between 2002 – present. Workshop and training were held each year in different IODE country members and embraced theoretical and practical aspects such as participation in regional and/or international scientific cruises. The two last oceanographic campaigns I’ve participated were: i) the ACSEX-I in the Mozambique Channel with R/V Pelagia of NIOZ and ii) the BEAGLE 2003 along the -20° S trackline between Capetown (SA) – Perth (Australia). The last two years cruises (2008, 2009) brought us respectively for 90 days along the east and the west coasts of Madagascar aboard the RV Dr Fridjoff Nansen. 

  • Since 2010: "I’m lecturer of Master I and License III at the Institut Halieutique et des Sciences. The main topics are: General Oceanography (Physical and Descriptive - L3) and Operational Oceanography (Master I). Marine Data-Handling Softwares : Ocean Data View and SAGA."

  • Languages: French and English.  Ocean Data View (ODV) material in MDL courses has already translated into French version.

  • Email: j.bemiasa <at> or j.bemiasa <at>

John was one of my first students from the African training programs; he's been in all the subsequent projects and has been an independent instructor at numerous venues.  A man of many talents and wide interests.  MB

Sergio Ignacio Larios Castillo

  • 1989: Oceanographer, (Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, México)

  • 1997: Master in Coastal Oceanography, (Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, México)

  • Ocean Teacher Academy - Multiple courses (2010-2012)

Current Position:

  • 2008 to date: Marine Data Management in the National Oceanographic Data Center  (Cendo,

  • 2012 to date: Lecturer in Geographic Information Systems at the Facultad de Ciencias, UABC, in Ensenada, Baja California, México.

C)  Invited Lectures/Short Courses:

Ready to teach:

  • Languages: Spanish (native) and English.

  • Email: slarios <at>

Sergio is the senior lecturer for ODV and Saga, in my opinion, in the ocean data community of Mexico, with a long record of successful IODE course activities.  He is the guiding spirit for many training activities, and is my "go to" person for Hispanic issues. MB


João Bosco Leite Gusmão Jr

  • 2007 - 2010: Marine Biologist, State University of São Paulo, Brazil

  • 2011 - 2013: Master in Coastal and Oceanic Systems, Centre for Marine Studies, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

  • Currently enrolled in the PhD programme in Coastal and Oceanic Systems, Federal University of Paraná (Brazil).

  • 2015:  Department of Marine Benthic Ecology and Evolution (MarBEE); Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies (CEES)
    University of Groningen, The Netherlands

  • Research Interests: Effects of Environmental Heterogeneity on the Functional Ecology of Benthic Macroinvertebrates

  • “I have experience in developing field sampling protocols and  applying uni- and multivariate statistical analyses to characterize the biodiversity of coastal ecosystems. Recently I worked as an instructor/monitor of short courses for undergraduate students in marine GIS (with SAGA, ODV and IDV) and biological illustration . My research interests include ecosystem functioning, patterns of biodiversity distribution, and the structure of marine benthic ecosystems.”

  • Languages: Portuguese and English

  • Email: gusmao.jb <at>


João is working on his doctorate in Pontal/Parana, Brazil, and also in the Netherlands (beginning fall 2014).  He's an excellent local guide in Pontal and a good friend.

Mihael Machado de Souza

  • 2008 - 2012: Oceanographer, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

  • Currently enrolled in the MSc. programme in Coastal and Oceanic Systems, Federal University of Paraná (Brazil).

  • Research interest: Coastal Dynamics, with an emphasis on sediments transport processes.

  • Languages: Portuguese and English

  • Email: mihaelsouza <at>



A very young student of unusual intellect and energy.  He asks scary questions and figures things out lightning fast. 

Murray Brown - Instructor Emeritus
  • Chemistry (Duke University 1969), then Marine Chemistry (University of Copenhagen 1976; Prof. Niels Jerlov).  PhD dissertation title Optical and Chemical Properties of Humus Material in Baltic Seawater.
  • From 1976, worked various positions as an environmental scientist in the US Gov, including the offshore Environmental Studies Program in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • In the 1990's began occasional assignments as a visiting professor in ocean data management for UNESCO/IOC in developing countries.  Taught in 20+ countries.  Shown here with IOC award in 1996.
  • Moved completely to UNESCO/IOC in 1997, as a volunteer, to focus on data management training, and writing course materials for online teaching.
  • From 2007 has been author/editor of Marine Data Literacy, a huge online collection of exercises (this website).
  • Lives in Edgewater, Florida, where he raises tropical fruit bushes and has a cat.  Seldom travels, except to interesting places with great beer.  Currently migrating out of direct management of MDL to advisory role.
  • Language: English

  • Email: m.brown.nsb <at>