Maria L.D. Palomares, Science Director
Maria Lourdes ‘Deng’ Palomares (PhD) is a Senior Scientist and Project Manager of the Sea Around Us (since June 2017). Deng is one of the creators of and is the lead of SeaLifeBase (since 2005), a database patterned after FishBase, a scientific database for the world’s fishes and for all marine organisms other than fish. Deng was appointed by the FishBase Consortium (a partnership of 10 international institutions) as its Coordinator in September 2015. Deng also serves as one of the two Specialty Chief Editors of Frontiers in Marine Science’s section on Marine Fisheries, Aquaculture and Living Resources since 2016. Originally from the Philippines, Deng has a PhD. from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse (France) in 1991 and worked with the FishBase Project at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (Manila, Philippines) for 10 years before joining the Sea Around Us Project in 2001.
Nicolas Bailly, Taxonomic Coordinator
Nicolas Bailly (PhD) is Q-quatic’s Taxonomic Coordinator. He was formerly employed at the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris where he started to develop his experience in Biodiversity Informatics. He helped organize the FishBase Consortium in 2000 and became Chair years later (2004-2005). He joined WorldFish as the FishBase Project Leader (2005-2014) and worked with the LifeWatchGreece Team at the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece (2014-2016).
Shelumiel R. Ortiz, Software Engineer
Shelumiel ‘Miel’ R. Ortiz is a Software Engineer of Q-quatics since February 2017. Miel handles the development and maintenance of the Q-quatics website, including its affiliated websites (Sea Around Us, FishBase, and SeaLifeBase).