David Gill

Marine protected areas are an integral component of local, national and global strategies for biodiversity conservation, fisheries management and preserving essential ecosystem services. These areas can provide both social and environmental benefits when managed well, but more research is needed to determine the underlying factors that contribute to the success of marine conservation activities.

The project “Solving the Mystery of Marine Protected Area Performance” seeks to address this research gap. Importantly, the project seeks to provide decision-makers with the knowledge they need to design and implement policies that promote the long-term sustainability of marine resources, as project leader Luc Hoffmann Institute fellow David Gill PhD explains:

“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. 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 on the ground.”

Strong collaborative partnerships underpin the project, which is co-sponsored by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC).

“The partnership between Luc Hoffmann Institute and SESYNC has transformed our working group, from what would likely have been an exercise in frustration, to one that has amassed a globally unique dataset … highly relevant to policy- and decision-makers, “

says Helen Fox, Senior Director of Research and Monitoring at Rare Conservation.

“Not only have we benefitted tremendously from having David on board, but also he has benefitted from the partnership as well, taking advantage of professional development opportunities with both organizations.”

David has a PhD in Natural Resources Management and Masters of Science in Natural Resource and Environmental Management from the University of the West Indies, Barbados, and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.


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


  • Gill, D.A., Schuhmann, P.W., Oxenford, H.A., 2015. Recreational diver preferences for reef fish attributes : Economic implications of future change. Ecol. Econ. 111, 48–57.
  • Schuhmann, P.W. Cazabon-Mannette, M., Gill, D., Casey, J.F. and Hailey, A. 2013, “Willingness to pay to avoid high encounter levels at dive sites in the Caribbean”, Tourism in Marine Environments 9 (1-2): 81-94.
  • Mahon, R., S. Almerigi, R. Appeldoorn, K. Baldwin, G. Bustamante, J. Cramer, N. Ehrhardt, D. Gill, C. Gooding, W. Hobson, P. Kramer, M. Lay, A. Lopez, S. Martinez, J. Mendes, A. Ramirez, S. Salas, V. Sweeny, and B. Wade. “The vision for EBM of coral reef ecosystems in the wider Caribbean region.” In Towards Marine Ecosystem-based Management in the Wider Caribbean. Ed. Fanning, L., R. Mahon and P. McConney. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2011 pp. 323-334.
  • Gill, D 2011. ReefFix Phase 1: Cost-effective valuation tools for coral reef managers. Proceedings of the 63rd Gulf & Caribbean Fisheries Institute. 63:75-82
  • Gill, D, P. McConney, R. Mahon, 2008. Socioeconomic profile of fisheries in the Grenadines. Proceedings of the 59th Gulf & Caribbean Fisheries Institute. 59: 111-117.
  • Turner, R.A., Forster, J., Gill, D.A., FitzSimmons, C., Newman, S., Peterson, A., Williams, S., Mahon, R. and Stead, S. Multi-level factors influence community perceptions of Caribbean coral reef governance. in prep.
  • Vallès, H., Gill, D. and Oxenford, H.A. Parrotfish size as a useful indicator of fishing effects in a small Caribbean island. , in prep.
    Ahmadia, G., Glew, L., Provost, M., Gill, D.A., Hidayat, N.I., Mangubhai, S., Purwanto, Fox, H.E. From rhetoric to reality: integrating impact evaluation in the design, implementation and adaptive management of marine protected areas. in prep.
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