Solvita Strāķe, PhD, is a leading scientist at Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology. She is Latvia’s main expert in marine biological diversity. Her scientific interests include design of marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, invasive alien species and biology of the Baltic Sea zooplankton. She has been principal investigator of multiple international and Latvian research projects.
Solvita suggested bladderwrack as the ‘hero’ of the nature concert hall 2011 and coordinated contribution by Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology to the ‘science program’. Thanks to her enthusiasm, most of the institute’s young scientists and students got actively involved at the event. Nature concert hall 2011 is still remembered by scientists as one of the most successful science popularising events.