Data Deficient Marine Vertebrates: Exploring data gaps, extinction risk, and exploitation
Predicting the utility of MPAs to inform planning
This project supports the State of Hawai’i’s efforts to meet the goal of protecting 30% of nearshore resources by 2030.
Decision science to understand costs, benefits and ecosystem service implications of water quality management in Upcountry Maui.
A cocktail of land-based sources of pollution threatens coral reef ecosystems, and addressing these has become a key management and policy challenge in Hawaii, US and territories, and globally. The Hawai`i State Department of Health (DOH) has been tasked by the legislature with identifying priority areas for cesspool upgrades across the state. The work forms part of a foundational collaboration designed to strengthen links between DoH and academia, and provide independent evidence-based policy advice. We are working on decision analysis problems in West Maui and Upcountry Maui, two critical regions, with the objective of reducing nearshore coral reef exposure to nutrient pollution and meeting water quality standards. The decision science approach is relevant to a broader context of coastal areas struggling with identifying pollution mitigation actions on limited budgets. It is applicable across HI, the USA and in coastal systems worldwide. A wonderful collaboration with the OlesonLab and Roger Babcock at the Water Resources Research Centre (WRRC) at the University of Hawaii, and We are looking forward to bringing on a new PhD student soon!
MPAs as Social-ecological systems
Megan Fraser is currently completing a minor project at James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, AUS, that focuses on governance theory of common pool resources and management effectiveness evaluation tools and how both relate to MPA outcomes in Eastern Indonesia. actively seeks to de-mystify the successes and failures of MPAs through interdisciplinary research and monitoring with a host of socio-ecological partners. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve long-term marine resource sustainability through the implementation of policies that incorporate all relevant stakeholder groups. This goal is both extremely interesting, as well as globally and locally relevant, for all of the millions of people worldwide who depend on marine resources for their livelihoods and wellbeing. Part of my ongoing collaboration with the WWF-US MPA Mystery initiative (http://mpamystery.org), and a new and fun collaboration with the Livelihoods Lab at JCU, Megan is supervised by Dr. Amy Diedrich (JCU) and myself.
For more information, contact Megan: email@example.com
Tourism and MPAs in Eastern Indonesia
Siobhan Threlfall is conducting a minor project focused on the relationship between social and ecological outcomes and tourism in MPAs in Eastern Indonesia. It involves mapping tourism activity across the Birds Head Seascape (BHS) of Indonesia, and the Sunda Banda Seascape (SBS) of Eastern Indonesia. As well as conducting spatial analyses of how this articulates with key variables in social and ecological domains. Siobhan’s work also forms part of my ongoing collaboration with the WWF-US MPA Mystery initiative (http://mpamystery.org), which seeks to achieve the long-term sustainability of marine resources by investigating the successes and failures of MPAs in providing conservation and poverty alleviation benefits, and the Livelihoods Lab at JCU.
For more information, contact Siobhan: firstname.lastname@example.org