Ricardo Serrão Santos is a senior scientist at the University of the Azores and a politician actively involved in marine conservation and sustainable development policies. He holds a PhD in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Liverpool and has conducted research on marine biodiversity and deep sea environments. He strongly advocates ocean conservation and sustainable development policies and has worked to promote international cooperation on ocean-related issues.
Ricardo has also held political positions, including Member of the European Parliament from 2014 to 2019 and Minister of the Sea in the Portuguese Government from 2019 to 2022. He is a Full Member of the Portuguese Academy of Sciences and an Emeritus Member of the Navy Academy.