Ruben Escribano is professor for oceanography at the University of Concepción in Chile. His research interests lie in the areas of marine ecology, plankton ecology and community and population biology. He has worked to establish the bases for management and conservation of the global marine ecosystem. Ruben is member of the Scientific Steering Committee of IMBeR (Integrated Marine Biosphere Research) and co-chair of Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems (EBUS) Focus Program of CLIVAR. Further he was a member of the Scientific Steering Committees of GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics) and Census of Marine Zooplankton (CmarZ). From 2002 to 2006, he was the president of the South American Committee for Census of the Marine Life Program.