UWI St Augustine appoints first female Professor of Science

UWI St Augustine appoints first female Professor of Science

The UWI St Augustine has appointed the first female Professor of Science, Professor Judith Gobin. She is also Head of the Department of Life Sciences, the largest Department in the Faculty of Science and Technology. Not only is she an academic but she has contributed significantly at the national, regional and global level to promote and apply scientific knowledge to solve real-world problems.”

Professor Gobin is globally recognized as a key SIDs (small island developing states) marine science expert and has been invited to talk internationally about these topics since 2016. Some of her international research partners include the IUCN, the Royal Society of the UK, EV Nautilus and the Ocean Environmental Trust (OET), the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) and the South American Coastal Research group (SARCE).

Her marine research career spans more than 38 years and she has made significant academic contributions to the knowledge of Marine Biodiversity in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. She has published on a number of “new marine scientific records” and “new marine species” (approximately 298) - for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. Her research concentrations began in soft coastal marine sediments followed by rocky shores and more recently deep-sea areas. 

In 2018, she launched a book and 5 part DVD with the National Institute of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (NIHERST), a state agency, operated under the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago. NIHERST notes that Professor Gobin is the first and only Caribbean and UWI marine scientist to:

·         Be appointed to the REV Ocean Science and Innovation Committee (SIC) alongside other top global scientists (2019).

·         Be appointed to the Global advisory board on Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) - alongside the top global deep sea scientists (2018).

·         Contribute (as Lead Author) to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (2019)

·         Contribute to the global project- Census of Marine Life - a 10-year scientific initiative, which comprised 2,700 scientists from 80 nations (2010).

·         Contribute to the World Ocean Assessment 2015 report

Source- Loop News Monday June 8, 2020 

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