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Science for Coastal Sustainability


We are a group of scientists interested in the connections between people and marine ecosystems

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Science for Coastal Sustainability


We are a group of scientists interested in the connections between people and marine ecosystems

 

Our research

We use a combination of field experiments and observations, modeling, and synthesis to examine how coastal and fisheries management influence ecological processes, and in turn, social relationships and outcomes. We work in a wide variety of systems and our goal is to provide data-driven solutions for sustainable coastal communities and ecosystems.

 
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Working together


Diverse scientists at all career levels, resource-users, managers, and practitioners contribute to our research in creative ways

Working together


Diverse scientists at all career levels, resource-users, managers, and practitioners contribute to our research in creative ways

Our research activities engage multiple stakeholders to provide ecologically and socially appropriate solutions for coastal and fisheries management problems. We come from all over the world and have a vast range of experiences and backgrounds. Current projects are located across five different countries and we travel there frequently.

Team members and collaborators hail from local and national governments, as well as non-governmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy. We also work with international universities in the places we work including the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, and Bogor Agricultural University and University of Papua in Indonesia.

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Current Research Group Composition

Where are we working?

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Out in the field


Working across geographies and systems, complex problems motivate us to use mixed-methods approaches

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Out in the field


Working across geographies and systems, complex problems motivate us to use mixed-methods approaches

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fisheries management

TESTING SOLUTIONS

Marine Protected Areas have been widely adopted as a leading ecosystem-based fisheries management tool in temperate and tropical regions, but there can be negative impacts on cultural traditions, social cohesion, and fisheries. Other management options may include gear-based approaches and periodically harvested closures. 

Ecosystem restoration

DEFINING SUCCESS

Among the most pervasive drivers of habitat loss for ecosystem engineers such as oyster and coral reefs is destructive fishing. Restoration approaches may renew multiple ecosystem services in these habitats, but can restoration positively influence fisheries, food security, and socioeconomic relationships?

Sustainable Seafood

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS

Seaweed aquaculture is a $6.4 billion global industry but only starting to gain popularity in the US. While kelp and shellfish have been cultivated in integrated multi-trophic systems, success has been highly variable. Better understanding of the biophysical and geochemical factors that maximize productivity is needed. 

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