Ocean Law and Policy Consultants and Experts

Margi Prideaux

Margi Prideaux, Ph.D.

Senior Ocean Policy Expert

Margi Prideaux is a wildlife policy specialist, with a PhD on the development of international wildlife policy & law. Her ongoing research focus is on international policy relating to international species conservation, regional policy development, and the role of global civil society in ‘track one’ and ‘track two’ international diplomacy.

Over a period of 27 years, she has participated in 20 different international wildlife conservation processes, has worked with a number of conservation organisations and has served as Marine Policy Advisor to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). She has written dozens of non-governmental and intergovernmental reports, policy papers and presentations on international species conservation.

Margi is supporting OceanCare’s aquatic bushmeat project for 2017-2018. In addition she serves as the Policy and Negotiations Director with Wild Migration, is a Research Associate with the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre and a Member of the Joint IUCN SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Taskforce, the IUCN WCPA Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group and the CMS Scientific Council Aquatic Mammals Working Group.

Johannes Müller

Johannes Müller

Ocean Policy Consultant

During his studies in political science and international relations, Johannes contributed to campaigns committed to the reduction of underwater noise in the Mediterranean. Johannes is currently undertaking his doctoral studies at the University of St. Andrews and continues to support measures aimed at mitigating underwater noise and reducing the impact of plastic pollution.

It is OceanCare’s warmth, endless conviction and efficient work ethic that has not only impressed Johannes, but has also convinced him to contribute to the workings of the organisation in any way possible. In the past few years Johannes has followed European and International decision-making of policy related to underwater noise and other ocean policy specific legislation, making him a valuable asset to the OceanCare team.

Lindy Weilgart, Ph.D.

Senior Ocean Noise Expert and Policy Consultant

Lindy Weilgart has been specialising in underwater noise pollution and its effects on cetaceans since 1994.  She has studied whales since 1982, primarily sperm whales, and her M.Sc. (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Ph.D. (Dalhousie), and post-doctoral studies (Cornell) were all in the field of whale acoustic communication in the wild.

Lindy spent one year sailing 50,000 km across the Pacific and back in a 13 m sailboat following groups of sperm whales for her post-doctoral research on dialects.  Her then 5 year old son and 10 months old daughter accompanied her. Lindy has served as invited expert on several panels, workshops, and committees concerned with underwater noise impacts (e.g. Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, International Whaling Commission, etc.).

She has met with members of NATO, the European Parliament, the European Commission DG Fisheries, the Convention on Biodiversity, and the United Nations to discuss ocean noise issues, given many lectures on this topic and others, and published numerous peer-reviewed papers.  She is currently an Adjunct in the Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada, and was previously employed as Scientific Advisor by the private foundation Okeanos.  She also serves as Scientific Advisor for the International Ocean Noise Coalition, and is a Scientific Expert on the German government’s Antarctic Commission.

Joanna Toole

Maximin Djondo

Aquatic Wild Life Conservation Consultant, Western Africa

Maximin Djondo is Executive Director of Benin Environment and Education Society (BEES NGO). He has for the past fifteen years been implementing projects in the West Africa region to support national and international strategies and policies related to the sustainable use of wetland and coastal resources by maintaining their ecosystem services for local communities. He has a particular expertise in wetland ecosystem management including wetland biodiversity indicator development and assessment methodology, wetland monitoring, wetland ecosystem service valuation, and wetland ecosystem based adaptation actions.

In addition, Maximin is a member of the CMS Aquatic Wild Meat Working Group, the representative in Africa for the World Wetland Network, Coordinator of the Benin wing of Delta Alliance and member of the IUCN Regional Committee for Western and Central Africa. He has acted as an ecological consultant to a range of organisations including environmental consultancies, government agencies, local environmental groups and NGOs.

Maximin’s engagement with OceanCare is to support the organisation’s work on aquatic wild meat in the region, mainly the Abidjan Aquatic Wildlife Partnership aiming at increasing the awareness and action of governments, the private sector and local communities in West and Central Africa, in order to slow and reverse the over-harvesting of aquatic mammals, reptiles and birds for human consumption, trade, fishing bait or other uses.

Lora Reeve

Lora L. Nordtvedt Reeve, MS, MBA, JD

Senior Ocean Law Expert

Lora L. Nordtvedt Reeve is an authority on international marine conservation law. She is Principal and Senior Law & Policy Consultant at Global Ocean Consulting, LLC, a small private firm based in Hawaii. Lora represents OceanCare as the delegate to the United Nations negotiations for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the U.N Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Growing up in the Hawaiian Islands, Lora has a lifelong interest in the ocean and the creatures that live there. She has conducted scientific fieldwork investigating cetacean ecology and acoustics, advised on environmental issues for marine projects, and published scholarly papers and book chapters on the law and policy of conservation issues in the high seas, including marine protected areas. Lora has worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) High Seas Task Force, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She is currently writing her Ph.D. dissertation in the Faculty of Law at University of Wollongong, in affiliation with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS). Her research proposes a new strategy for the management of anthropogenic underwater noise in areas beyond national jurisdiction. As an expert on the sources, impacts and regulation of noise in the ocean, Lora is a strong advocate for marine conservation and brings this passion and commitment to her work with OceanCare.