Our research community at the University of Latvia recently had the pleasure of hosting Professor Carol Thornber from the University of Rhode Island, a prominent figure in the field of seaweed research. We were excited to exchange knowledge with an international perspective on seaweed research. Dr. Karina Balina, a researcher in the Circularity Transitions Research Group, had the opportunity to share insights into her work with Professor Thornber.
Dr. Karina Balina (on the left) together with Prof Carol Thornber (on the right)
Dr. Balina explains how this collaboration came to be:
A while ago, I received a message from Professor Carol Thornber, expressing her interest in gaining international insights into seaweed research to enhance her travel experience. After researching Ulva research in Latvia, my name surfaced as a key contributor. In our Circularity Transitions research group, we greatly value international experiences, and I instantly agreed to meet with Professor Thornber. Coincidentally, the best time for our meeting coincided with a major gathering of seaweed experts from across Europe at the University of Latvia. This was a fantastic opportunity for Carol not only to attend the event but also to share her transcontinental perspectives and observations.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Professor Carol Thornber for her delightful visit. We believe that this marks the beginning of a long-lasting academic friendship, which may well evolve into a fruitful partnership in the future.
Professor Thornber has a wealth of experience in higher education administration and leadership. Currently, she serves as the Director of University Research Operations and holds the position of Professor of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island. Professor Thornber's expertise lies in marine ecology, with an actively funded research program that encompasses various aspects, including the impact of climate change on coastal communities, integrated multitrophic aquaculture, invasive species, coastal resilience, and harmful algal blooms.
We are grateful for the enriching experience of hosting Professor Carol Thornber, and we look forward to future collaborations and academic endeavors.