Isabel Sousa Pinto is Professor at the Department of Biology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto and Head of the Coastal Biodiversity laboratory at Ciimar: Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Research. Her professional research interest is in marine biodiversity issues. Isabel did her PhD at the University of California, Santa Bárbara EUA (1994). She is a member of the Implementing Committee of GEO BON – Global Earth Observation – Biodiversity Observation Network and Co-chair of its Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON).
Additionally, Isabel is member of the Steering/Executive Committees of European on-going initiatives as the EPBRS (European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy), EUROMARINE – Network of Marine Research Centres, EMBOS – Development and implementation of a pan-European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System, H2020 AtlantOS: Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System, H2020 EKLYPSE – Establishing a European Knowledge and Learning Mechanism to Improve the Policy- Science- Society Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and EOOS – European Ocean Observation System.
Isabel is engaged in several European and international marine biodiversity activities. She is member of the “Study Group on Resilience and Marine Ecosystem Services” from ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) (SG BioDiv) and the European Marine Board Working Group on ʽStrengthening Europeʼs biological ocean observing capacityʼ (WG BIO OBS). Isabel is the Coordinating Lead Author for the Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Europe and Central Asia from UN IPBES (Intergovernamental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). Furthermore, Isabel is the focal point and Head of Delegation from Portugal to IPBES as well as the Coordinator of the Stakeholder Platform for IPBES for Portugal (IPBES-pt). From 2006 to 2010 she was member of the CBD delegation.
Isabel Sousa Pinto is the founder of the Portuguese Association for Applied Algology (1995) and of the Portuguese Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Network (2008), as well as of the global network of Kelp Ecology KEEN – Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (2013).