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Science for Coastal Sustainability


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

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Science for Coastal Sustainability


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

 

Our research

We use a combination of field experiments, 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 coastal marine environments including oyster and coral reefs, salt marshes, and kelp forests. Ultimately our goal is to provide data that contributes to sustainable coastal ecosystems and communities.

 
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Working together


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

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Working together


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

We come from different parts of the world and have diverse backgrounds. The projects we work on are located in our home countries and we travel there frequently. Our collaborative research activities strive to provide ecologically and socially appropriate solutions for coastal and fisheries management problems, engaging multiple stakeholders along the way. 

 

Team members and partners come from local and national governments, as well as non-governmental organizations like the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy. We also work with international universities including the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, and Bogor Agricultural University and University of Mataram in Indonesia.

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Out in the field


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

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Out in the field


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

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fisheries management

DATA-POOR OPTIONS

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

Ecosystem restoration

SOCIAL SUCCESS

Among the most pervasive drivers of habitat loss along coastlines is the armoring of shorelines with bulkheads. In contrast, living shoreline approaches can enhance or restore multiple ecosystem services. Does ecological success confer social support for coastal restoration, or do these conjoined processes eventually diverge? 

Sustainable aquaculture

MULTI-TROPHIC

Seaweed aquaculture has only begun to gain popularity in the US despite it being a $6.4 billion global industry. While kelp and shellfish have been cultivated in integrated multi-trophic systems (IMTA), success has been context-dependent. Better understanding of the biophysical and geochemical factors that maximize productivity is needed. 

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