Sheila JJ Heymans is the Executive Director of the European Marine Board and Professor in Ecosystem Modelling at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland. She sits on the “Modelling Workshop Steering Committee” of the Global Seamounts Project, the External Advisory Board for EMBRsea and EuroFleetsPlus, and was a lead author for the IPBES chapter: “Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services”. She has 20 years’ experience in the environmental impacts of fisheries and ecosystem change and has published > 70 peer-reviewed publications on these topics.