Prof. Dr. Herman Hummel, President of MARS, is senior scientist of the department of Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS) of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and is also visiting professor in Estuarine Ecophysiology at the University of Gdansk, Poland. His specific aim is to understand the relation between fluctuations in environmental factors (salinity, tide, food, degree of pollution) and genetics, physiology and ecology (biodiversity, distribution, biomass, growth, condition, reproduction, reserve constituents) of estuarine macrobenthos. An important issue is to what degree bivalves, already living under extreme conditions, are sensitive to additional changes in their environment.
Herman has been (co-)leading several major international projects and concerted actions in the field of marine biodiversity.
He was the Executive Director of the Network of Excellence MARBEF “Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning” with 95 participating European institutes (http://www.marbef.org). He was also general coordinator of the major EC Concerted Action BIOMARE “Implementation and networking of large-scale long-term MARine BIOdiversity research in Europe” with the participation of 24 European institutes (EVR1-CT2000-20002)(http://www.biomareweb.org), and general coordinator of the EC project BIOCOMBE: The impact of BIOdiversity changes in COastal Marine Benthic Ecosystems (EVK3-2001-00146) )(http://www.biocombe.org).
Moreover, he is Chair and General Coordinator of the COST Action EMBOS on a European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System (http://www.embos.info), with the participation of more than 20 European countries.
In connection to these major projects, Herman is President of the European Marine Research Institutes and Stations (MARS) Network.
He is also President of the European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS) series (from 2012 until 2016).
Herman was involved in more than 85 multi-annual contracts with national governmental organizations and consultancies, chairman and (co-) organizer of more than 75 networks, symposia and workshops, attended more than 250 symposia, workshops and overseas seminars, and obtained more than 75 grants from national and international organizations (a.o. the Council of Europe, the National Shellfisheries Association USA, UNESCO, NUFFIC, NERC Gr. Britain, EC (FAR, INTAS, 5th, 6th, 7th FP, Horizon2020), NWO).