Professor Gobin is the Head https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/staff/judith-gobin) of the Department of Life Sciences (https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/), in the Faculty of Science and Technology, at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. She is a Marine Biologist (>35 years of research experience) who has made significant academic contributions (> 45 publications) to the knowledge of Marine Biodiversity in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Prof. Gobin began her research career working in shallow, soft-sediment benthic environments and then moved to rocky shore areas and more recently – into the deep sea environment. The Deep Sea Wonders of the Caribbean project (a book and a 5-part DVD) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-ZrlrJ47zXBPvmCe1XvlSawrSc7j2r1p  was initiated by Prof. Gobin following her participation on-board the E/V Nautilus’ expedition within the Caribbean (in 2013 and 2014).

Prof. Gobin has been participating since 2016 (with numerous scientific presentations) in the on-going UN negotiations in respect of the Legally Binding Instrument (LBI) on Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ). These included presentations at the United Nations General Assembly, New York and at the International Seabed Authority. Her contributions have concentrated on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) perspectives in terms of: Marine Research in the deep sea, Capacity building and Transfer of Technology (marine sciences).