Why did you join the Luc Hoffmann Institute?
Millions around the world depend on coastal resources for their livelihoods and nutrition however, factors such as climate change, pollution and unsustainable exploitation threaten to undermine the resource base that so many rely on each day. With most of my previous work experience in Barbados and the Caribbean, joining the Luc Hoffmann Fellowship programme provides me with an opportunity to develop my research skills and to be involved in a global initiative that has the potential to lead to the better management of marine resources around the world.
What is your background?
Most of my previous research has been in coral reef ecology and fisheries, focusing on issues related to coastal management and resource economics. For the past few years, I have worked alongside an international team of researchers from the Caribbean, Europe, USA and Australia on the Future of Reefs (FORCE) project (www.force-project.eu). We gathered data on the dependency of coastal communities on coral reef resources and the constraints to effective reef management. This involved interacting with protected area managers and resource users from around the region, who provided a first-hand perspective of the major issues affecting coastal communities and the implications of potential future change on coral ecosystems and the livelihoods of those dependent on them.
As the Fellow at Luc Hoffmann Institute, I am working primarily in the Place-based Conservation Effectiveness workstream on the SESYNC Pursuit: “Solving the Mystery of Marine Protected (MPA) Performance,” based at SESYNC in Annapolis,MD. This Pursuit focuses on unravelling some of the underlying factors that contribute to the success of marine conservation activities. With a better understanding of the factors contributing to successful management, decision makers can be better informed to design policy that promotes the long-term sustainability of marine resources.
|2014||Ph.D., Natural Resources Management (Resource Economics), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados|
|2007||MSc, Coastal and Marine Resource Management, University of the West Indies , Cave Hill Campus, Barbados|
|2003||BSc, Marine Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|