The International Association for Biological Oceanography (IABO) acts under the umbrella of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) of the the International Science Council (ISC).

IABO seeks to promote the advancement of knowledge of the biology of the sea by providing opportunities for communication between marine biologists. These opportunities shall include meetings and discussions either during General Assemblies of IUBS or other suitable occasions. IABO also fosters co-operating with organizations and individuals with similar aims and interests.

Enrique Montes - President (2020 - 2023)

U. Miami Cooperative Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Studies - CIMAS

NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory - AOML

Enrique is a biological oceanographer interested in drivers of marine ecosystems and ocean biogeochemical cycling. He combines in situ biogeochemical, optical, and biological observations with satellite remote sensing data to understand phytoplankton dynamics, local to regional biodiversity, and associated biogeographical patterns. He is also working on the development of the Global MBON and coordinates the MBON Pole to Pole of the Americas.

Patricia Miloslavich - Past President
Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela)

Patricia is the Executive Director of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR). She is a retired senior professor from Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela, and formerly was the International Project Officer of the GOOS Biology and Ecosystems Panel. Patricia played key roles with the Census of Marine Life program, contributed to draft the Science Strategy of the Ocean Science section of the IOC/UNESCO, has been an invited speaker at the 2017 UN Oceans conference and the 2018 UN High Level conference in preparation for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, a member of the pool of experts for the UN World Ocean Assessment (I and II) and a Coordinating Leading Author for the IPBES global assessment. She was the recipient in 2015 of the Venezuelan National Science Award.


Mark Costello - Past President
Nord University (Norway)

Mark is an ecologist interested in biogeography and biodiversity from local to global scales, particularly in marine and freshwaters, with applications in conservation, aquaculture, and ecotoxicology. He became involved in “biodiversity informatics” and the development of WoRMS, OBIS, GBIF, and Catalog o Life. Born in Ireland, he studied in Galway and Cork, and had post-docs at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth England, and the Scottish Office and Napier University in Scotland. He was a lecturer in Trinity College Dublin, Managing Director of EcoServe (an environmental consulting company in Ireland), Executive Director of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre Canada, and is a professor at Nord University, Norway.


Suchana Apple Chavanich - Secretary
Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand)

Apple is an associate professor at Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She studies nearshore species, from tropical to polar regions. Her research focuses on conservation and restoration of marine ecosystems with emphasis on coral reefs.


Executive Committee