Symposium Keynote Speakers

Symposium 1. Current status and management methods of outbreak organisms

Kazuki SEKINE

Kazuki SEKINE / Doctor of Science

Title of presentation :
Synchronized mass emergence and geographic parthenogenesis of the polymitarcyid mayfly, Ephoron shigae

Present post: Junior Associate Professor, Faculty of Geo-Environmental Science, Rissho University

Research: Biodiversity, molecular phylogeography and evolutionary ecology of aquatic insects.
I am particularly interested in the geographic parthenogenesis of the mass-emergence mayflies, Ephoron shigae. I also study the diversity and reproductive biology of the genus Ephoron using molecular phylogenetic analysis and cytological and histochemical tools.

Symposium 2. Biological Collections in the Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities

KyongIn SUH

KyongIn SUH / Director of Biological Specimen Conservation Division, Nakdonggang National Institute of Biological Resources

Title of presentation :
Digital conservation and utilization of Biological Collections: Focusing on the NNIBR cases

Dr. Kyong In Suh, an expert in insect systematics, has been responsible for the preservation of freshwater biological specimens and the management of storage facilities at the Nakdonggang National Institute of Biological Resources since 2017. Her current focus is on archiving the morphological information of biological specimens, which inevitably changes over time, through digitization. Additionally, she is dedicated to enabling the free sharing of specimen information online by developing and applying various digital imaging technologies.

Symposium 3. Applying the latest strategy to manage harmful algal blooms in waterbody

HEE SUK LEE

HEE SUK LEE / Water Environmental Management Department, K-water

Title of presentation :
Applying the latest technology to manage Harmful Algal Blooms in waterbody

Dr. Hee Suk Lee is in charge of management and control of harmful algal blooming (HAB) and development of HABs Technology under Water Environmental Management Department of K-Water since 2010. Her current research encompasses technical support for water analysis and phytoplankton analysis and projects on biofilm of distribution systems and phytoplankton removal. For this symposium, she will present on her topic regarding utilization of the latest technology for HAB management.

Symposium 4. Strategies for various disease vector management

Symposium 5. Optimizing water, food, energy, and ecosystem nexus in the 3rd pole region of the Mid Latitude Region

Dr. Sonam Wang

Dr. Sonam Wang / Research Professor at Korea University

Title of presentation :
3rd Pole in Crisis: Opportunities, Challenges, and Climate actions.

Dr. Sonam Wang, a Research Professor at Korea University since 2016, brings extensive experience from roles such as Associate Professor at Royal Thimphu College and research associate at esteemed institutions like University of Oxford and the Smithsonian Institution. He holds a Ph.D. supervisor certification from Queensland University of Technology and has mentored students globally, including at Cornell University and the Wildlife Institute of India. Professionally, he served as Director of Bhutan’s Royal Education Council and founded organizations like the Bhutan Institute of Himalayan Studies. His research focuses on advancing sustainable development goals, particularly in Asia’s High Mountains, integrating ecology, conservation biology, and public policy. Despite humble beginnings, he holds degrees from Cornell University, University of Oxford, and Harvard University, and provides consultancy services to governments, UNDP, and private sectors. In his leisure time, Dr. Wang enjoys hiking.