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International Journal of Marine Science (IJMS) has no external editorial board. Instead, global recognized scientists in this field are invited to serve as peer reviewers. All editorial decisions are made by an editorial team of full-time professional editors.


Senior Academic Editor: Sarah McGrew (


Managing Director: Elaine Fang (


Publishing Manager: Kris L.F. Jin (


Illustrator: Sophia Publishing Group


Editor at Large: Nancy Jingnan Feng (




It is our unswerving aim to make IJMS the world's most outstanding publishing platform for academic journals in marine science, and peer-review is the most important for improving the quality of the work that we published. So here we’d like to express our special gratitude for those peer-reviewers who have done excellent review(s) for us:


Aynur KONTAŞ, PhD, Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey

Research interests: Marine chemistry, nutrients in marine systems and marine pollution (anorganic and organic).


Dimpal Sanghvi, Department of Botany, M.G. Science Institute, India

Research interests: Ms. Dimpal Sanghvi is having good track in the field of Higher Education and performing her research in Botanical Science and Remote Sensing especially marine ecology. Her research has been published in many reputed journals nation and worldwide.


A. K. Dwivedi, National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Dilkusha, Lucknow, India

Research interests: Fish Biodiversity; Population Structure of Prioritized Fish Species; Biodiversity of River Tributaries; Cryopreservation, Motility Test and Fertility Trail of Important Fish Species. Presently Dr. Dwivedi is working as “Research Associate” under the project on “Stock Characterization, captive breeding, seed production and culture of hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha)”. He also worked as “Senior Research Fellow” under the project entitled “Harmonizing biodiversity conservation and agricultural intensification through integration of plant, animal and fish genetic resources for livelihood security in fragile ecosystems” and as “Project Assistant” in the project entitled “Networking Programme on Fish Genetic Stock: As an ICAR outreach Activity” at National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow.


Hengky Sumisto Halim, Associate Professor, School of Business, Bina Darma University, and Director of Kent Polytechnic and SHINE Institute, Indonesia

Research interests: Quantitative and qualitative researches that explore negative impact of coastal-environment and cultural includes their externalities, which influences social-economic activity. At the same time, exploring the problem and recommending the solution that local government and grass-root in the areas coastal-ecotourism, sustainable coastal-tourism, social communication, co-management, anthropocentrism, techno-centrism, decision support system of coastal-ecotourism, beneficial image, coastal-landscape, coastal and environmental management, and community empowerment.


Patricia M. Zárate, PhD, Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research and University of Florida, FL, USA

Research interests: Sea turtles, sharks and other large pelagic animals. My field of research has involved population dynamics and applied ecology for marine ecosystem conservation and fisheries management. I have focused my research on the study of the reproductive biology, ecological role and connectivity of highly migratory organisms by the use of mark and recapture, stable isotopes, genetics and satellite telemetry, among others. I have done extensive research on sea turtles from the Galapagos Islands and currently undertaking a satellite telemetry shark tagging project on pelagic sharks in Chilean waters. I currently hold a position as Researcher in the Fisheries Research Division at the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP), Chile.


Aisha Ahmed Belal, Associate Professor of Marine Invertebrates, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Suez, Egypt

Research interests: Hydrobiology (Benthic Invertebrates ). Monitoring of benthic invertebrates in the bordered line of Egypt; Red Sea , Suez Gulf , Suez Canal and some of the surrounding habitats, in relation to the physico-chemical characteristics of the water. The activity including the sampling, identification, taxonomy and counting of the different species of benthic invertebrates , especially Taxonomy and Ecology of Polychaetes (Annelida: Polychaeta) from 1996 up till now. As well as the isolation & purification of some dominant species for bioassay studies.


Daniel Torruco, PhD, Coral Reef Lab., Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, México

Research interests: Has experience on Coastal Ecology, developing studies on: coastal regions and continental shelf/slope, and marine habitats with macrobenthic assemblages of fauna and flora. Has also experience on the evaluation socioeconomic and monitoring of anthropogenic impacts in the coastal zone; on the evaluation of local and global climate changes concerning reef habitats as the relationship between the fauna and flora and the environmental variables. Recently, develops studies on biodiversity in the deep benthos in the Gulf of Mexico and corals reef of the Yucatán Peninsula.


Denise Tonetta, PhD candidate, Ecology in Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Research interests: aquatic metabolism, especially about primary production and respiration in freshwaters subtropical lakes, and the relationship between these metabolic processes and the biological and physical and chemical variables.


Raphael Mathias Pinotti, PhD, Macrobenthic Ecology Lab., Institute of Oceanography, Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG), Brazil

Research interests: Has experience on Biological Oceanography and macrobenthic ecology, developing studies on macrobenthic assemblages from rocky shores, coastal regions (estuaries and sandy beaches) and marine habitats (continental shelf/slope). Has also experience on the evaluation of anthropogenic impacts upon the macrozoobenthos (harbor activities and biological invasions); on the evaluation of both local/global climate changes concerning benthic habitats as well as the relationship between the fauna and the environmental variables. Recently, develops studies on Bio-Geodiversity along the Southern Brazilian shelf and slope (Pelotas Basin - INCT Mar COI -


Mag. Claudia Pogoreutz, Phd candidate, Coral Reef Ecology Group, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, GmbH, Bremen, Germany

Research interests: my current research is focusing on physiological responses of the scleractinian coral holobiont to local anthropogenic stressors. Prior to this project, my research focused on the biodiversity, feeding ecology, and taxonomy of tropical Indo-Pacific fishes.

Keywords: corals; physiology; symbiosis; biogeochemistry; nitrogen fixation; trophic ecology; coral reef ecology; ichthyology


M. Levent Artüz, Sevinç-Erdal İnönü Foundation, MAREM (Marmara Environmental Monitoring Project) Naval Researches Department, 34810 Anadoluhisari, Istanbul, Turkey

Research interests: Sea of Marmara, marine biology, pollution, oceanography


Jonne Kotta, Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu, Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn, Estonia


Robert C. Anderson, PhD

Professor of Biology, Life Science School Chair, Asst. Dean of Faculty Dev., Wisconsin Lutheran College, USA

Research interests: Biological monitoring of coral reef communities in MPA's.


Rui Pedro Vieira

PhD student, Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK

Research interests: Deep-sea ecology, biodiversity, trophic ecology, fisheries.


Luciana Cavalcanti Maia Santos, PhD

Laboratory of Landscape Ecology and Conservation. Dept. of Ecology, Institute of Biosciences, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Research interests: coastal and estuarine landscape, mangrove ecosystem, environmental and coastal management, remote sensing and GIS, land use and cover, socio-ecological analysis, fishery, population structure of mangrove crabs, sustainable use, anthropogenic pressures and impacts on coastal areas.


Renato Rocha-Jorge, PhD

Seção de Ficologia, Instituto de Botânica, Brazil

Research interests: Taxonomy, ecology and systematics of macroalgae.


Ricardo González-Muñoz, PhD

Laboratorio de Biología de Cnidarios, of the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina (

Research interests: Cnidarian taxonomy, with special interest in morphological diversity, systematics, distribution patterns, and ecology of sea anemones (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria).


Elitsa Petrova – Pavlova, Associate Professor, PhD

Vice Director, Institute of Fish Resources, Varna, Bulgaria

Research interests: Zoobenthos, biodiversity, quantitative dynamics, trophic base, marine ecology, wetlands; Stock assessment of some economic importance non-fish marine resources species.


Jaime Polanía, PhD

Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Medellín, COLOMBIA

Research interests: Conservation of natural resources issues, ecosystem services and restoration; behavior of underground Carbon stocks in mangrove forests.


Tin-Yam Chan, PhD

Institute of Marine Biology and Center of Excellence for the Oceans, National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan

Research interests: Crustacea Decapoda, Taxonomy and Systematic, Deep-sea biodiversity. Participated in marine biodiversity expeditions in Taiwan, Philippines, Okinawa, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, Mozambique, Antarctica. More than 200 days at sea in research cruises with half being the chief scientist onboard.


Anusha Rajkaran, PhD

Lecturer in the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Research interests: Mangrove ecology and management, estuarine ecology, botany of aquatic systems.


Andrey I AZOVSKY, Professor

Dept. of Hydrobiology, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Research interests: Marine benthic ecology, protistology, biodiversity, macroecology, biogeography, data analysis.


Muta Harah, Z., PhD

Assoc. Prof. Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Research interests: Taxonomy and ecology of marine macrophytes, marine biology, marine biodiversity, aquatic ecology


Paulo Pachelle, PhD

Laboratório de Carcinologia, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo (MZUSP), Brasil

Research interests: Taxonomy and Systematics of Caridean shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda).


Paulo J. Gavaia, PhD

The Algarve Marine Sciences Centre (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Portugal

Research interests: Skeletal biology of fish, aquaculture, molecular biology, development, fish nutrition (vitamins).


S. Balachandran, PhD

Deputy Director of the Bombay Natural History Society, India

Research interests: Dr. S. Balachandran has implemented several wetlands and economic evaluation of wildlife habitat projects across the country. He has been the Principal Investigator of many prestigious projects of BNHS. Environmental Economic evaluation studies have been carried out under his supervision at Pong Dam (Himachal Pradesh) and Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve (Tamil Nadu). He is currently supervising many wetland management projects such as “the Restoration of Point Calimere Great Vedaranyam Swamp (Tamil Nadu) for the benefit of fisheries and migrant shorebirds”, funded by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Another waterbird ecology project implemented by him at the internationally important Chilika Lake (Orissa) has documented the nutritive value of guano deposited by waterbirds and the beneficial role played by them for the fishermen.



Assist. Prof. Dr. in Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Sinop University, 57000, Sinop, Turkey

Research interests: Taxonomy and Ecology of Polychaetes (Annelida: Polychaeta), Eunicidae, Benthic Invertebrates, Benthic Community Ecology, Alien/Invasive Species.



Muammer Oral, PhD

Faculty of Fisheries, University of Istanbul, Turkey

Research interests: Marine Biology, Fisheries Biology, Fish Biology and Fish Anatomy.


Patrick J Schembri, PhD, Professor of Biology

Department of Biology, University of Malta, Malta

Research interests: marine benthic ecology; impact of environmental change on Mediterranean coastal and marine biodiversity; conservation biology.


Filippo Giarratana, PhD

Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Messina, Italy

Research interests: Seafood product quality and safety with particular regard to the presence of parasites, foodborne disease or spoilage agents and fish pathology. Dr. Filippo Giarratana was born in Cirié (TO), Italy, on 26th October, 1978 and he graduated at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Messina, on 04th November 2004. PhD in "Marine Environment Healthiness, Ichthyopathology and Quality of Seafood" University of Messina. Specialist in "Inspection of Food of Animal Origin" Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Torino. Research Fellow for the Research Project titled: "Characterization of the hazards in off-shore aquaculture products, view of the obligations provided by Regulation 852/2004 for the primary production" at the Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Messina.


Jasmina Krpo-Cetkovic, PhD

Chair of Animal Ecology and Zoogeography, Faculty of Biology,University of Belgrade,Serbia

Research interests: Fish ecology; Aquatic ecology; Aquatic ecotoxicology


WANG Fu, PhD, Associate Research Fellow

Tianjin Center of Geological Survey, China Geological Survey, CGS/Young Sediments Dating Laboratory

Tianjin Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, Tianjin, China

Research interests: Quaternary geology and marine geology, and presently working on geo-environmental changes of muddy coast since Late Pleistocene, especially sea level change, young sediments dating, ancient shoreline changes, drilling hole lithology, AMS 14C dating. Our working area is mainly located on Circum Bohai Sea, China, and some work on Yangtze River Delta, China. Our research group is working on land and sea area survey and research.



Laboratory of Phycology, Federal University of Alagoas, Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil

Research interests: Biotechnology; Taxonomy and ecology of benthic and microscopic algae from freshwater and marine water.


Arthur R. Bos, PhD

Assistant Professor of Marine Biology, Biology Department, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Honorary Researcher, Department of Marine Zoology, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands

Research interests: Coral Reef Fishes and Echinoderms



Sergey V. Bogorodskiy, Marine ichthyologist

Station of Naturalists, Omsk, Russia

Research interests: Systematics of marine fishes (Black, Aegean and Arabian Seas). Since 2003 he is an underwater photographer and since 2011 to present, he is the member of the project SMF (Frankfurt)-KAU (Jeddah) on biodiversity of animals along Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. He had taken part in the project of systematics, distribution, zoogeography, molecular investigation and conservation of the Red Sea fishes. A large part of the project is molecular database of all Red Sea fishes in comparison with fishes of the Indo-Pacific region.


Muhammet Turkoglu, PhD

Faculty of Marine Sciences and Technology, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey

Research interests: (1) Marine Planktonology (Protista: phytoplankton and microzooplankton)

(2) Excessive Algal Proliferations and algaltoxicology

(3) Micro and Macro Nutrients in Marine Systems

(4) Heavy Metal Pollution in Aquatic Systems, especially in Marine Systems

(5) Biophysicochemical Oceanography



Shu-Hui Liu, PhD

Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Research interests: Marine ichthyology, Taxonomy and molecular phylogeography of Sciaenidae (Teleostei: Perciformes).


Renato A. M. Silvano, Professor

Department of Ecology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil

Research interests: Applied Ecology, Fisheries management and ecology, Fish ecology, Human Ecology and Ethnobiology. Dr. Silvano was the head of the Department of Ecology of UFRGS from 2008 to 2010. He has been also participating in the Non-governmental organization (NGO) Fisheries and Food (FIFO) (based in Campinas, Brazil) since 2005, where he now has the position of research director. He got his Doctor degree in Ecology in 2001, at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, Brazil and He concluded a post-doc in the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2008.



Joselito Francis A. Alcaria, PhD

Research interests: I am currently involved on environmental impact monitoring of different project activities undertaken within the Arabian Gulf and in Red Sea areas of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as researcher in a public university based research institute. Prior to this stint, my researches in the Philippines focused on coastal resource management which encompasses mangroves, seagrass/algal beds and coral reef resources, and Marine Protected Area monitoring.


Chandrashekher U. Rivonker, PhD

Department of Marine Sciences, Goa University, India

Research interests: Dr. Rivonker's area of specialization is fisheries and he is presently working in the area of coastal biodiversity. Much of our collection of data is based on the trawl operation carried out along the potential fishing grounds in Indian coast. Our group is also looking at the fish and invertebrate taxonomy.


Adriana Artiles Valor, PhD

Aquatic Health Division, Fisheries Research Centre, Havana, Cuba

Research interests: Population genetics and health diagnosis and handle of cultured animals of economic interest, mainly shrimps. Besides, the management of invasive species P. viridis (Asian Green Mussel) in Cuban waters and the relation of hydrological and hydro meteorological markers with biology of aquatic animals.


Alfonso Aguilar-Perera, PhD

Departamento de Recursos Marinos Tropicales of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, in Mérida, Yucatán, México

Research interests: Conservation biology of grouper (Epinephelidae) aggregations in the Mexican Caribbean, and recently in the Gulf of Mexico. Also, he investigates the invasion of the red lionfish off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the Southern Gulf of Mexico. He is member of the IUCN groupers and wrasses specialist group and the Science for Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations (SCRFA).



Levent Bat, Professor

Sinop University, Fisheries Faculty, 57000 Sinop, Turkey

Research interests: Biological Oceanography; Marine Ecology; Fisheries; Aquaculture; Pollution.