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Our advisory board provides advice and feedback based on its expertise to inform ProBleu and its actions. They also offer the opportunity to liaise with other ocean and freshwater projects, allowing ProBleu to establish a knowledge-sharing space. 

Members of the Advisory Board participate voluntarily.  Let them introduce themselves…


Maria C. Uyarra

Senior Researcher

AZTI (Fundación AZTI – AZTI Fundazioa)

Maria C. Uyarra (BSc, MSc, PhD) is a senior interdisciplinary researcher with more than 20 years of experience working in biodiversity. She holds an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation and a PhD in tourism management and coral reef conservation (University of East Anglia, UK). She has worked in a diverse range of organizations (e.g. research institutes, consultancy, NGOs, administration) and research areas (e.g., marine conservation and management, ocean literacy, marine policy), always working in close collaboration with end users (e.g., society, scientists, educators, professional sector, managers, policy-makers, etc.). Maria C. Uyarra is the scientific manager of the EU Horizon project GES4SEAS ( She co-leads a WP on Enhancing societal understanding of ecosystem functioning and human health through ocean literacy and dissemination. She combines her research with education activities, teaching master courses and participating in STEAM initiatives with the young generation. She is also a EuroGOOS and REEDUCAMAR ocean literacy working group member.



Heidi Ballard

Professor of Environmental Science Education and Faculty Director of the Center for Community and Citizen Science

School of Education, University of California

I am interested in environmental education that links communities, science, environmental action and learners of all ages. Particularly I’m interested in what and how people learn through participation in environmental science as a form of informal science education.  From citizen science-type projects for conservation to participatory action research for natural resources management and environmental justice, Community and Citizen Science projects can create unique opportunities for learning by participants and scientists. Understanding the outcomes and processes of these projects can contribute to better environmental and science education practices and better conservation and natural resource management.

Mail: One Shields Ave., School of Education, University of California, Davis, CA 95618