Marten Grundlig, manager of the African Regional OBIS Node since the its inception, is passing the batton to Ursula von St Ange. Ursula has been a main player and excellent supporter of AfrOBIS, and we are sure that the African node is in very safe in her capable hands. Still, we're sad to see Marten go. The fact that his background was in physical oceanography rather than marine biology didn't prevent him building a very strong node (long the largest in terms of record numbers!), and be very active in discussions in the Managers Committee. Here are some words from Marten: "OBIS and CoML has been one of the highlights of my career as a non-biologist, and I will always think back fondly and proudly of what we did and what was accomplished. "
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OBIS strives to document the ocean's diversity, distribution and abundance of life. Created by the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme.