João Canning-Clode is a marine ecologist from Madeira Island, Portugal. João is the founder and coordinator of MARE-Madeira and a Principal Investigator at the Regional Agency for the Development of Research Technology and Innovation (ARDITI). He is also a deputy director of MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, one of the largest R&D units in Portugal. He is the Principal Scientist and Scientific Coordinator of the Smithsonian MarineGEO NE Atlantic Madeira. João has a PhD in Biological Oceanography and Marine Sciences from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany and before founding the Canning-Clode Marine Lab (which would evolve into MARE-Madeira), he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), USA. João currently chairs the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Working Group for Introductions and Transfers of Marine Organisms. João has authored more than 100 publications and his research has got media coverage in several countries.