Plenary Speakers


The symposium will include five plenary lectures made by renowned ichthyologists, covering the main scientific topics of the ECI XVI.



Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, and Department Head, Eawag Fish Ecology and Evolution, Eawag Center for Ecology, Evolution & Biogeochemistry, Switzerland. He has extensively worked on the evolution of species diversity in African cichlids and Alpine whitefish. Besides his African work, he is leading a large scale project to document the fish diversity in the large and deep lakes of Switzerland. 

Plenary Lecture

"Diversity, distribution and community composition of fish in the archipelago of large and deep lakes north and south of the European Alps."


Associate Professor and Curator of Fishes, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections, Texas A&M University. His research interest includes the taxonomy, phylogenetic relationships, and comparative anatomy of several different groups of freshwater and intertidal marine fishes.

Plenary Lecture

"Taxonomy of the Clingfishes (Gobiesocidae): a 260 year journey through the marine intertidal zone and beyond."



Assistant Professor at the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, India; South Asia Coordinator of the IUCN’s Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, and IUCN’s Freshwater Fish Red List Authority Coordinator (for Asia and Oceania). His research focuses on the diversity, conservation and sustainable use of freshwater fishes of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot.

Plenary Lecture

"Conservation of freshwater fishes of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot, India."


Professor of Palaeontology, Department of Earth- and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilans-University Munich, Germany. Her research focuses on fish fossils from estuarine and inland deposits in Europe and Africa as proxy indicators for climate and environments in the geologic past. In addition, she is working on a database on the skeleton morphology and otoliths of present-day Cyprinodontidae, Gobiidae, Cichlidae, and Clupeidae.

Plenary Lecture

"Stormy waters: Fossil fish, climate change and ecological opportunities."



Independent consultant on aquatic biodiversity issues; Honorary Research Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore; and Corresponding Member of the Natural History Museum of Geneva. He has conducted extensive surveys throughout Southeast Asia, especially rheophilic habitats, which lead to the discovery of more than 400 species of fish, amphibians, and crustaceans.

Plenary Lecture

"AGCT vs the alphabet: do not forget the fish behind the sequences ...."

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