Intern & Undergrad/MS projects

Quantifying perverse outcomes

The Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Target 11 mandates that 17% of terrestrial and 10% of marine environments be conserved in protected areas by 2020. Such simple numeric indicators act as motivators and a measure of progress, but focusing on area coverage risks creating an array of perverse outcomes. It encourages the proliferation of large protected areas that are under little threat and neglects areas where protection is most needed. If not considered in the context of other elements of Target 11, maximizing the area under protection increases the financial and political cost of meeting the same biodiversity goals. As negotiations begin for the next tranche of the convention’s targets, it is critical we quantify these.

I would be excited to support a number of student projects focusing on paper parks, marine PADDD, funding shortfalls and funding shortfalls.

Protected area dilution, national case study (any country you like)

Responsibilities

  • Investigating funding changes through time in protected areas
  • Curating a database of management funds
  • Engaging with protected area managers

Requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • High standard of ethics
  • Experience with data management desirable
  • Experience with R desireable

MPA regulations

Responsibilities

  • Document spatially and temporally explicit management regulations for protected areas worldwide.
  • Curating a database of management regulations

Requirements

  • Experience with GIS essential
  • Experience with data management desirable
  • Experience with R desireable

Specific Internship and Undergraduate or Masters projects in collaboration with WWF-US

Ecological impacts of marine protected areas 

Ecological impacts of MPAs – GIS intern

Responsibilities

    • Compiling photographs of participatory maps describing fishing ground, marine protected area and no-take zone locations.
    • Digitizing participatory maps describing fishing grounds, marine protected areas and no-take zone locations
    • Analyzing the spatial distribution of participatory fishing ground data, using appropriate methods for participatory data.

Requirements

    • Familiarity with ArcGIS is essential
    • Familiarity with handling participatory map data desirable

Ecological impacts of MPAs – management and governance intern

Responsibilities

  • Compiling photographs of participatory maps describing fishing ground, marine protected area and no-take zone locations
  • Digitizing participatory maps describing fishing grounds, marine protected areas and no-take zone location
  • Analyzing the spatial distribution of participatory fishing ground data, using appropriate methods for participatory data.

Requirements

    • Familiarity with ArcGIS is essential

Social impacts of marine protected areas 

The impact of MPAs on local communities is the focus of a contentious policy debate. Under certain conditions, MPAs can provide both biodiversity and social benefits, while in other settings tradeoffs exist between biodiversity conservation and social welfare. To inform this debate, a consortium of organizations are monitoring the social impacts of marine protected areas in the Coral Triangle. WWF-US are looking for up to three motivated interns to assist in the management, analysis and interpretation of our coastal livelihoods data.

Social impacts of MPAs – GIS intern

Responsibilities

    • Compiling photographs of participatory maps describing fishing ground, marine protected area and no-take zone locations.
    • Digitizing participatory maps describing fishing grounds, marine protected areas and no-take zone locations
    • Analyzing the spatial distribution of participatory fishing ground data, using appropriate methods for participatory data.

Requirements

    • Familiarity with ArcGIS is essential
    • Familiarity with handling participatory map data desirable

Social impacts of MPAs – Qualitative data analysis intern

Responsibilities

  • Translation of qualitative data on marine resource governance from Bahasa Indonesia into English
  • Qualitative analysis of marine resource governance data

Minimum Requirements

  • This position requires fluency in Bahasa Indonesia.
  • Experience with common pool resource governance, or qualitative data analysis is desirable.

Social impacts of MPAs – Marine resource governance and management assessment intern

Responsibilities

  • Compile existing marine resource governance and management assessment data for Eastern Indonesia
  • Preliminary analysis of the relationship between common pool resource governance and management assessment status. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Familiarity with common pool resource governance preferred.
  • Experience conducting statistical analysis in R is essential.

 

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