Lora Elderkin Fleming
Lora Elderkin Fleming is a physician and epidemiologist with expertise in oceans and human health at the U.S. Oceans and Human Health Program. She was the co-director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) funded Oceans and Human Health Centre at the University of Miami for 8+ years and a member of the European Marine Board Oceans and Human Health Strategy Document Team. Lora has co-organised meetings and co-edited two textbooks and numerous articles dealing with Oceans and Human Health. She is a member of Global HAB with particular emphasis on human health and wellbeing; and she recieved the Ocean and Human Awards from Edouard Delcroix Foundation and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Bruun Award. She is leading a new H2020 funded Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) Project to establish a network and create a strategic research agenda for Oceans and Human Health in Europe. Lora believes that the future health and wellbeing of humans rests on the health of ecosystems particularly the global ocean. As a physician and epidemiologist with expertise in public health she spent over 30 years trying to bring the marine/environmental and biomedical/human health communities together to focus on the next step of Planetary Health which includes the health of both humans and ecosystems in its vision.